First things first, I used a random number generator to choose a winner for my blogiversary giveaway and that winner is Tamara Pompilio. Congrats Tamara! I also want to take another minute to thank all of you so much for the kind comments left on that post. They served to remind me that there are plenty of you out there reading along and that really motivates me to continue trying to provide some awesome content for you! So let’s get on with that, shall we?
Last Saturday my sister and I experienced a phenomenon rarely seen here in Minnesota. A winter garage sale.
I feel a little like a wildlife photographer who finally got a shot of the rare and elusive snow leopard.
My friend and Carriage House Sale partner Sue gave me the heads up on this sale after seeing it posted on Craigslist (thanks Sue!).
Debbie and I had to make two trips to the car to load up all of our goodies, so that gives you an idea of how much stuff we found at the sale! I have a plan for that pile of silver, by the way.
It helped that the person selling was a bit of a collector and was moving to a much smaller place. She’d already had several sales where I’m guessing things were priced higher. This was her final ‘everything must go’ sale.
And she literally meant everything. We took things off the walls like that ‘Washroom’ sign and the enamel soap dish in my first photo. I also purchased two rugs right off the floor (and they had the dirt to prove it).
And this birdbath came right out of the garden.
As I mentioned in my post about finding vintage ornaments at garage sales in the summer, it’s always a good idea to grab off-season items when you see them like these Halloween books.
I saved ‘find of the day’ status for this gorgeous old camera.
When I came across it in a pile of other items it looked like this …
It is in pretty rough condition on the outside. And I’m guessing that a lot of of shoppers didn’t even realize what it was. When Debbie and I first got it home we couldn’t get it open and I was beginning to think that was probably why it was priced at only $3, because it was permanently ruined.
But I asked Mr. Q to take a look and he used a little ingenuity and got it open for me.
One thing you probably haven’t figured out from these photos is that this camera is ginormous. Here it is next to a similar camera that I already owned, just to give you an idea of its size.
See? Ginormous. OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it is almost a foot tall.
By the way, I purchased this camera without getting it open because 1) it was only $3 and 2) I had a massive pile of other things in my arms that I was trying to juggle. Normally I would recommend making sure you can get the camera open and that the bellows are intact before you buy one. I did end up with a camera like this once …
Those bellows were permanently stuck to the back of the camera. They are very fragile, so trying to force them out would likely just rip them to pieces.
So I was very happy to find that my latest addition to my non-collection of vintage cameras was in good condition on the inside!
By the way, that snow you saw on the birdbath arrived overnight Saturday. On Sunday I awoke to this gorgeous view from my window …
I ran outside in flip flops just to capture a couple of quick photos.
That snow practically looks fake, doesn’t it?
Luckily all of this snow arrived after the winter garage sale.
Do you find many winter garage sales in your neck of the woods? Or are they as rare and elusive as snow leopards like they are here in the frozen Northland?