Another one of my absolute favorite neighborhoods, Linden Hills, had their annual garage sale this past weekend. My sis and I got up early Saturday morning and headed out to be there for the 8 a.m. start time.
There are several things I love about Linden Hills. First and foremost, it’s a ‘Saturday only’ sale. Since I’m a working stiff, I can’t get to the sales that start on Thursday or Friday (unless I take a vacation day at work). All of the good stuff at those sales is long gone by Saturday.
Second, the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council provides a listing of all the sales along with descriptions of their goods, plus a map showing all of the locations. Both are crucial tools for a successful garage sale experience. I always try to pick the best spot for starting out in the morning.
Third, it’s just quite simply a beautiful neighborhood full of gorgeous old homes that is a pleasure to drive around in.
Before Debbie and I headed out Saturday morning I studied the list of sales and picked out one at the southern end of the neighborhood to start at. The description said ‘Vintage furniture, linens & books. Some small antiques.‘, so I was optimistic.
And we hit the jackpot!
I spent just over $100 and purchased a dresser, a vintage bookcase with a glass door, a 2nd vintage bookcase, two soon-to-be planter chairs, three old books, several sets of linen napkins (I’m going to try dying them with Dixie Belle paint, coming soon) …
some green depression glass, a McCoy pot, and a uniquely shaped Atlas jar …
I’ve already added a little something extra to the Atlas jar in the form of a Tim Holtz rub-on …
and I also purchased three vintage milk glass light fixture globes at that first sale.
I especially love the art deco wedding cake globe. In fact, I’m giving it ‘find of the day’ status.
I have a similar style globe on the light fixture on my front porch that I also purchased at a garage sale and I just love it.
So I was hoping that this one would fit my existing bathroom light fixture, and it did!
Since I was completely unable to get a decent photo of my own bathroom light fixture (since I have the world’s smallest bathroom), I borrowed this one from the ModMercantile on Etsy. If you absolutely love this look, you can buy a similar fixture from them for about $265. I paid $10 for mine, bwa, ha, ha, ha (insert evil garage sale laugh here).
Anyway, yes, all of that was just at the first of sale of the day. We couldn’t even begin to fit all of the furniture into Debbie’s SUV, so I made arrangements to come back later with our van to pick it up. That ended up being a good thing because we filled the SUV up with other stuff as the day went on including this adorable little nightstand and another potential planter chair.
I also picked up this amazing vintage iron crib.
I just love genuine heavy vintage iron pieces like these.
The older couple I purchased it from were quite funny. They said that they actually used this crib for their kids when they were babies and pointed out this was before people worried about silly things like safety. They mentioned that they called it ‘the slammer’ because their kids were ‘behind bars’ and then chuckled at those happy memories of their babies in their iron prison.
I’m not precisely sure what the fate of ‘the slammer’ is going to be. I had initially thought I would put it back together and turn it into some sort of garden bench like this example from pinterest …
but I’m missing some of the parts that hold it together so I’m not sure I can make that work. The separate pieces would be gorgeous in the garden with a clematis or something growing on them though. So we’ll see.
Luckily even after all of that there was still room in the vehicle when we came across this lovely crystal chandelier.
The gentlemen selling this item said he replaced it with something that was more his style. I was happy to take it off his hands! I don’t really have a spot for a gorgeous crystal chandelier myself though, so I’ll most likely be selling it on.
Unfortunately by the time we got to the house with the $5 small farmhouse table there was just no way at all we could fit it in the SUV. And I knew when I came back with the van for the pieces from the first sale of the day there wasn’t going to be any room for it either. It hurt me a little inside to have to walk away from that table. I hope someone else found it and is going to give it a new lease on life with some paint!
Meanwhile I finished up a sweet vintage farmhouse style dresser yesterday that I just need to get photos of so I can share that with you here this week, so be sure to stay tuned!