Last weekend my sister and I packed pretty much everything we love about summer into one weekend; garage sales, patio dining, gardening, and ice cream.
We started out at the Tangletown neighborhood garage sales. This neighborhood got its name from its windy, curving streets. Most Minneapolis streets are laid out in a grid pattern, so Tangletown stands out because it’s not grid-like at all. I have to admit, those very structured grid-like streets in other neighborhoods make garage saling easier. Numbered streets go one way, named streets go the other and are in alphabetical order … Aldrich, Bryant, Colfax, Dupont. It’s so simple to find your way around in those neighborhoods. Tangletown is a different story. We found ourselves tangled up in Tangletown quite often, driving past the same intersection multiple times before realizing we’d gotten turned around again.
But that’s OK because it’s a very pretty neighborhood full of gorgeous houses.
We didn’t mind doing a little sightseeing. In addition to the beautiful homes, we also stopped at the Washburn Water Tower to get a closer look.
The original water tower in this location was built by Cadwallader (seriously, can you imagine that name? did they call him Cad for short?) and William Washburn in 1893. It was replaced with this art deco version in 1932 which is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
The tall ferocious looking dudes with the swords are the eight ‘guardians of health’ that protect the water supply.
After checking out the water tower and hitting all of the sales in Tangletown we stopped off at a local restaurant, Wise Acre, for lunch. I have to admit we mainly picked this spot because it had patio seating.
The atmosphere was fantastic, the service was friendly and made us feel right at home, but I’m not gonna lie, neither of us really cared for the ‘farm to fork’ style food. We probably ordered the wrong things, or perhaps the simple fact is that we just aren’t hipster enough for this place. The fries came with a homemade beet ketchup … yep, you read that right … ketchup made from beets. It pretty much tasted just as you would expect it to, like beets. It worked on the burger, but not so much on the fries.
After lunch we drove home, unloaded our garage sale finds and then headed off to my favorite spot to buy my summer annuals, Country Sun Farm in Lake Elmo. Debbie and I both found lots of gorgeous flowers and we filled up the SUV again.
Buying garden supplies is exhausting work, so we headed to Nelson’s Ice Cream in Stillwater next. I didn’t manage to get my own photo, but I found this one online which pretty much shows the average serving size of ice cream at Nelson’s. This was much more our style than the beet ketchup.
I went with the Blueberry Cheesecake and Debbie chose Peppermint Stick, both of which were amazing.
The next morning we got up and headed to the Bryn Mawr Festival of Garage Sales. And Festival really does belong in the name. They have all of the ingredients required for a festival; live music, food trucks, portable toilets and lots of people.
I didn’t come home with much from either of these neighborhood sales, but I did find another amazing vintage ironing board that I plan to turn into a sign. The woman who was selling it mentioned that her daughter found it in the attic of the house she recently purchased.
I love that the label shows shows someone ironing while seated. Hey, even if you can’t stand for long periods of time you can still do the ironing with this adjustable ironing board. How convenient!
I also found some mid-century barware and some faux ice cubes that I plan to use for staging a piece of furniture that I’ll be sharing on Friday.
I also brought home a couple of piles of miscellaneous small stuff.
I found some odds and ends to turn into signs or chalkboards.
Well, technically this one already is a chalkboard. But I’m going to see what I can do to refurbish it.
I suppose the fact that I chose the fake ice cubes as the ‘find of the day’ speaks volumes about my finds (or lack thereof).
But then again, the ice cubes really are realistic and I’m going to have so much fun using them for staging future furniture photos.
All in all, it was an awesome kick off weekend for garage sale season 2018. I hope you’ll stay tuned to see what I do with some of my garage sale finds.