Gosh, I’ve had so much to post about this week that I almost forgot to share my finds from the last big neighborhood garage sale of the season, St. Anthony Park.
Last Saturday was a beautiful, sunny fall day. The day started out crisp, but we were able to ditch our sweatshirts by about 10 a.m. as it warmed up.
We were savoring every minute as the garage sale season will really start to dwindle here in Minnesota now that it’s October.
Our first stop of the day was a sale that had lots of great free stuff last year. This year was the same, we had to take a trip to the car to unload our free stuff before going back to look at the priced stuff.
This junkalicious box of nails was the first thing I grabbed from the free pile.
Not only is the box awesome, but I’m always hunting around for nails! You will almost definitely see this box being given a new life down the road though, I’ll find another spot for storing the nails.
One of the things I purchased from the sale was this really cool school cross-guard sign. It’s made out of metal and is quite heavy. I think it would be adorable hanging on the wall over a desk in a kid’s room, don’t you?
I also nabbed a couple more boxes of vintage ornaments. Aren’t these colors just devine?
I purchased this trio of vintage cookbooks because I have a petite antique secretary desk (yet to be painted) and these will be perfect for staging it. When I brought the desk home I tried to sell my sister on the idea of putting it in her kitchen and filling it with cookbooks. She declined, but I still love the idea.
I found several other old books as well, including another old Swedish bible. I love when they have old writing on the flyleaf. This one seems to have been presented to Hilda Johansdotter on the occasion of her confirmation in 1892.
It came with the added bonus of some pressed flowers.
I wonder how old those are?
The binding on the bible has detached on one side and I found this really interesting.
The spine is lined with a … what is that? a bookpage? a flyer of some kind? Since it’s in Swedish, I can’t read what it says. And it’s upside down. Did someone add this at some point to protect the spine of the book? Or did they make books this way? If any of you have seen anything like this before, please let me know in a comment.
Did you notice our Funky Junk signs in that first photo?
The gal who was selling these mentioned that she had been planning to open a shop, but her plans fell through so she was selling off all of her stuff. She had piles of signs made with stencils from Donna at Funky Junk. The Farmhouse sign is for me, and the Bakery sign is for Debbie. It’s going to look cute hung in her kitchen.
Another item I just couldn’t resist was this adorable vintage nursery light switch cover.
Whenever I bring home a really wobbly dresser for Ken to repair, I tell him it’s another humpty dumpty in honor of the first dresser that Ken totally disassembled and put back together again.
I think I might hang onto that photo of the light switch cover to use every time I share another humpty dumpty with you guys!
One last thing I’ll share today is this sweet little dresser.
You aren’t going to believe the price tag on this one. It was FREE!
I know, crazy, right? Near the end of our morning we passed a house with a pile of furniture at the curb. As we were looking it over, the owners came out with another piece of furniture and said “everything is free!” Seriously?
Of course at this point we had limited space in our vehicle, we had room for just one piece. I think I picked the cream of the crop. It has already been over to Ken’s workshop for a few little repairs, I’ve stripped and waxed the top, and last night I painted it. It’s looking pretty amazing so far, so be sure to stay tuned to see how it turns out!