In the past I have always gone to the ECCO neighborhood sale the first weekend in June. I’m not going to lie, I mainly go for the tacos. There is a family in that neighborhood that makes authentic tacos and sells them out of their garage during the sale. But early this past Saturday when I printed out their map just before heading out I discovered that ECCO had only 21 houses participating this year. I’m not sure what happened with that, but when you’re used to sales with 80+ participants, 21 is a small number.
So I did a little googling and discovered that the Kenny/Armitage neighborhood had moved its sale from Memorial Day weekend to this past weekend instead. I always wondered why they chose a holiday weekend in the past. It can’t have been good timing for many. It was obvious that more households were participating as a result. There were 74 homes on their list.
So I pulled a last minute switcheroo. Instead of ECCO, my sister and I headed to Kenny/Armitage.
The weather forecast was fairly dire. The chance of rain starting by 9 a.m. was 80%, 100% chance of rain by noon. So we went prepared with hats and rain jackets, but we actually stayed fairly dry until about 11 a.m. We had a few things in the car by then but we were hardly full up. Still we thought about packing it in at that point. But then we saw just one more sign, and then just one more, and, well, you get the picture. A little rain never hurt anyone, although it does make life difficult for those having a ‘yard sale’ rather than a ‘garage sale’. Besides, I feel really sympathetic for those people who have gone to all the work of having a sale only to have it rain on their parade.
Some of our best bargains of the day were found after the rain started. One plus to a rainy garage sale day is that it keeps the crowds down. There were very few shoppers out and about in Kenny/Armitage.
Our very first purchases in the morning were hostas.
Probably not terribly exciting for you guys to see, but these were probably one of the best bargains of the day. The small ones were $1 and the larger ones were $2. The guy selling them had a gorgeously landscaped garden full of a variety of hostas. He was just dividing off some of them to control their size. I bought three, but my sister bought six! These weren’t your run of the mill boring hostas either. One of mine is a Sunpower, and my sister got a couple Guacamole’s. I’m a big fan of ‘garage sale gardening‘, why pay $20 for a hosta when you can get it for $2?
It was a sort of garden-y themed day. I also found this fab garden pedestal for $15 …
By the way, that is my own Guacamole hosta there on the right, and June on the left.
Another garden item I purchased was this clay pot brush.
I never knew they made such a thing, but it has a really stiff bristle that is designed to brush the dried dirt out of your clay pots. How fab! It was just $2.
I also purchased this vintage enamelware pitcher for $2. You don’t normally see them with a flower design on them.
I thought this one would make a great vase for my peonies, which are just starting to open.
However, as is sometimes the case with vintage pieces like this, this one was not watertight. So I thought I’d share my trick for dealing with that. Just use a jar that fits inside to hold the water and the flowers.
I’ve learned the hard way to always test vintage containers for their water tightness before I fill them with flowers and place them on my table!
The last garden-ish find of the day was a box full of glass cloches.
OK, a couple of them look more like cake stand domes rather than cloches, but potato-potahto.
I love using these to bring more interest to a vignette. Everything seems slightly more important when it’s under a glass cloche.
Even just a simple photograph.
You may have noticed that I used the largest one while staging the Bunker Hill Blue buffet that I shared on Monday.
A couple of you left comments about my luck in finding a mannequin at the Roseville sales last week, but you’ll never guess what. I found a genuine dress form this time!
She’s wearing a rather unattractive and slightly holey grey jersey right now, but once I get that off you won’t even recognize her. I’m saving that transformation for another post.
The guy I bought her from said he found her in the attic of his house. Every time he went up to the attic to look for something he was freaked out by seeing a headless woman out of the corner of his eye, so he had to get rid of her.
As for the desk, it was such a good bargain that I couldn’t possibly not buy it.
It’s going to need just a little help from my handyman Ken in the form of some glue and clamps. But aren’t those knobs kind of fantastic?
I’ve reserved ‘find of the day’ status for this amazing vintage portable typewriter.
Isn’t it gorgeous?
It’s quite small and even fits on the Colliers’ Atlas that I purchased last week.
The gal who sold it to me said that her grandmother used to type all of her letters on this typewriter!
All in all, my sister and I had a great time at the Kenny/Armitage sales despite the rain, although we did miss those tacos!