Before I get on with today’s post I’m wondering if any of you can help me out. Last Saturday there were a whole bunch of new visitors here on the blog, and I got quite a few new followers. So, first of all, welcome to all of my new followers, I’m glad you are joining us! Second of all, how did you find me? I’d like to thank whomever it was that shared my blog, but since it seems to have been a Facebook thing, my stats don’t tell me where you all came from. So if you’re willing, please share how you found out about me in a comment.
Earlier this year when Mr. Q and I were trying to decide when and where to go on vacation this year we ran into some scheduling problems. Between both of our day jobs, both of our side jobs (mine is furniture artist/blogger, his is wedding officiant), scheduling my occasional sale and numerous other things on the calendar it was hard to find a time that we could both be away for any significant length of time.
So when we found the cruise to Norway & Scotland that we’re taking next week it seemed like kismet. It worked perfectly with our work schedules. It wasn’t until after we had booked it that we realized we’d be missing Mr. Q’s grandpa’s 100th birthday! Argh! Luckily the party is scheduled for the day before we leave, so we weren’t aren’t going to miss the party, just the actual day.
We’re also going to be gone the day my sister closes on her new house. Dang, I would have liked to share a champagne toast with her the first time she opened the door to her new home with her very own key. But, we’ll be home just a few days later and in plenty of time to actually help her move (she’ll be doing some painting and cleaning before she moves in).
I also think I’m going to miss the lilacs! They generally bloom during the last half of May, while I’ll be gone.
But what I didn’t even think to factor in was which of my favorite neighborhood garage sales I would be missing! What was I thinking planning a trip right at the height of garage sale season?!
In a recent comment, Carol asked me to share some of my favorite sales so I thought I’d do that in a post. Even though I’m missing out on some of them this year, maybe some of you local readers can check them out.
It’s tradition to kick off the start of garage sale season with the Bryn Mawr neighborhood sale.
Bryn Mawr is an extremely popular neighborhood sale. There is traffic congestion, limited parking, and tons of people. Many of the residents have a sale every year, and in some cases that means they pull out the same ol’ stuff each year, then pack it up when it doesn’t sell and pull it out again next year. It also means you probably won’t find any really amazing bargain prices. Usually I manage to come home with at least a few fun things, but this year I didn’t have much luck. The few things I found didn’t even merit a photo or a blog post.
Although you’ve already missed them, there are several other great neighborhood sales to pick from the first weekend in May including Tangletown and Summit Hill and I may try one of those next year instead of Bryn Mawr.
Another big favorite of mine is Linden Hills, and that’s one I will be missing this year.
Much like Bryn Mawr, Linden Hills is very popular (ie. crowded) and it has a great festival-like atmosphere. Last year they even had live music. I’m not positive, but I think Linden Hills is always the first weekend after Mother’s Day. This year it’s on May 20.
Yep, I’m bummed to be missing it, but since I’ll be spending that day in Stavanger, Norway I guess I can’t complain, right?
The Hale-Page-Diamond Lake neighborhood sale is also on May 20 this year. If you’re looking for something a little less crowded than Linden Hills, Hale-Page might be a good choice for you. You can read about my last trip to Hale-Page here.
I’ll also be missing the Roseville city-wide sale this year on June 1 – 3. This is one that I discovered last year after a tip from a blog reader. I was on vacation from the day job so was able to get there on the first day of the sale, which is a Thursday. My friend Meggan joined me and we had a great time.
Since I do work full time, sales that start during the week usually don’t make it onto my list. I prefer to stick with Saturday only sales whenever possible. Otherwise all of the good stuff is long gone before I can get there.
Although you don’t usually find many garage sales on holiday weekends, believe it or not the Armitage-Kenny sale is usually held on Memorial Day weekend and so I was assuming I’d miss this one too. But this year they have moved it to a week later on June 3.
I always enjoyed the fact that Armitage-Kenny was so quiet compared to the other neighborhood sales. I’m sure that was because of the holiday weekend. In 2015 we came home with fake tattoos and plastic spoons and not much else. Although Debbie found a great table with benches.
The East Calhoun neighborhood’s ECCO Super Sale is the sale I usually pick for the first weekend in June (also being held on June 3 this year).
Last year I found a stash of vintage cameras at reasonable prices at ECCO and I even gave one of them away here on the blog since it was a duplicate of one I already had.
But both my sister Debbie and I love Nokomis for another reason as well. Our parents both grew up in this neighborhood. We always make a pilgrimage to our grandparent’s former houses that day in addition to hitting the sales.
The ‘find of the day’ from last year’s Nokomis sale was a croquet set that my sister bought. I just loved the black and white graphic on it.
This year the Nokomis sales will be held on Saturday, June 17.
Organized neighborhood sales tend to take a hiatus after Nokomis. There isn’t much going on in July or early August. It’s too hot for garage sales!
Here is how it looked when I was done with it …
Vintage luggage was the find of the day two years ago at MacGrove.
The St. Anthony Park sales and the Lake of the Isles sales take place in the fall. I couldn’t find dates yet for this year, so you’ll just have to keep them in mind and watch for dates later this summer.
If any of you locals make it to Linden Hills while I’m gone, be sure to let me know if you find some great stuff. Or, on second thought, just tell me it was a bust this year so I don’t feel so bad about missing it, OK?