Last Saturday my sister and I headed out to side by side neighborhood garage sales; East Isles and Lowry Hill. Both are Minneapolis neighborhoods just off Hennepin Avenue.
It was the perfect day for garage sales. Temps in the upper 60’s with a brilliant blue sky.
And both of these neighborhoods are worth the trip just to enjoy the gorgeous houses.
I had to snap a photo of this one with its German schmear finish. Do you suppose they did that before or after Joanna Gaines made that technique more popular?
Either way, I kind of love this look.
Here’s one of my sister’s favorites …
She loves anything in Tudor style.
We didn’t come home with a huge haul this time.
I know, it doesn’t look like much. My sister’s amazing girl scout packing skills were not required. But it was still worth the trip for a handful of fab finds.
My first buy of the day was a pile of gorgeous ‘french’ dishes.
I put the ‘french’ in parentheses because even though those café au lait bowls look fabulously french, they are actually from Williams Sonoma.
There are no markings on the bottom of the little pitcher, so it’s hard to say if it’s authentically french or not.
But I do think this little plate is gen-u-ine.
It is marked with a Paris address on the back.
I know these little plates are sometimes called Bistro Tip Plates, but I can’t seem to find any information online about exactly how they were used. Do any of you know? I’d love to know more of the history behind them so be sure to leave a comment if you do.
I also grabbed this set of small plates with European cities on them.
And a lovely rectangular ironstone platter.
I’m guessing that those metal number thingies are from an old cash register. I was hoping to find one with my lucky ’22’ on it, but I had to make do with a ’20’ and a ’02’. I thought they might be fun to add to my lavender plants.
What can I say? I just like numbers.
I’m sure you noticed the sweet little washstand with the very orange finish.
It will definitely be getting some sort of makeover in the near future. It’s calling out for some chippy milk paint.
There are two more items that I didn’t include in that first photo. First, this fountain …
I took a chance purchasing it. It has a repaired crack. The seller promised me it doesn’t leak, but you’re always taking a risk with garage sale buys. But it was pretty cheap at $25 and I figured it would look fab in the garden even if it doesn’t function as a fountain. I filled it up with water when I got it home and it does leak if the water is filled to the brim, but once it got down to the level it’s at now it stopped leaking. So, my next step is to put the pump in and see if it actually functions OK as a fountain.
And finally, the item I’m considering the ‘find of the day’ …
A beautiful vintage glass tree topper to add to my non-collection (because I swear I’m not a collector!) …
Last year I found tons and tons of vintage glass Christmas ornaments at garage sales. I’m fairly certain I brought some home from almost every sale …
Remember them all?
Boxes, and boxes of ’em.
This year I have found almost none. I think I purchased two individual ornaments and that’s it. So it was fun to find that gorgeous tree topper this time out.
Next Saturday we have a couple of neighborhoods to choose from for garage sales, but after that things are going to start to dwindle here in the Twin Cities. It’s definitely starting to feel like fall around here and I have mixed feelings about that. I love the cooler weather, but I am not a fan of the shorter hours of daylight. How about you?