I can’t remember if I mentioned it or not, but the weekend before last was a total bust for garage sale finds. My sister and I went to the Nokomis neighborhood sales. Usually Nokomis is fabulous for us. Not only have I found amazing things there, like this haul of vintage cameras from 2015 …
But Nokomis is also the neighborhood where our parents grew up, so it has some sentimental appeal.
This year it was a total bust though. I came home with very little. Most of the sales were really junky. I’m always tempted to hand out flyers for a trash hauling service when the sales are that bad.
After that experience I was a little reluctant to head out again this past Saturday, especially when the forecast called for rain. Plus the only neighborhood sale I could find was Prospect Park and there were only 26 sales (not the 80+ of my usual neighborhood sales).
However, this was the last weekend of sales before the July hiatus. Neighborhood sales won’t pick up again until mid-August. So I thought we should just go for it. As an added bonus, not only was Prospect Park having their neighborhood garage sale but they combined it with a free garden tour (there was also a home tour, but you had to buy a ticket of some kind so we skipped that part).
Basically not only did we get to dig through people’s cast off items looking for treasures, but we also had free reign to snoop around in their gardens too.
I can’t even think of a better way to spend the morning, can you?
Especially when the neighborhood in question looks like this.
And as it turned out, it never did rain. Instead it was sunny and the perfect temperature (around 70).
Our strategy was to hit all of the sales first, and then take the garden tour. That did have us retracing our route for some parts of the garden tour, but the early bird gets the worm at garage sales so we couldn’t be lingering in any gardens until after the sales.
We mostly filled up my sister’s SUV. Unfortunately I only have one bad, blurry photo to share of everything we found.
I accidentally switched off the Auto Focus on my camera without realizing it. Oops.
But you can sort of see that I found a pair of old motel chairs, a pretty little walnut washstand and some fun galvanized pieces.
I also purchased a trio old canning jars …
They didn’t actually have any lids, but I just happened to buy a set of 5 zinc Ball jar lids at the junky Nokomis sales the prior week. It’s as if it was meant to be.
I don’t know much about old Ball jars, but I’m pretty sure these are quite old based on the shape and the quality of the glass. I found an online article on how to date a Ball jar, but it only helped with one of my jars.
Apparently the block letters for “BALL” were only used from 1895 to 1896.
If there are any mason jar experts out there and you know anything about these jars, I’d love for you to leave a comment!
I also purchased this Perfection Clothes Drier.
If you aren’t familiar with what this is, you hang it on the wall as shown and then when you want to dry clothes, the ‘arms’ lift up horizontally to the floor and you can hang wet clothes on them.
I’m going to clean it up and then carry it around my house looking for the perfect spot to hang it. If I can’t find one, then I’ll take it to Reclaiming Beautiful to sell.
I also couldn’t resist a random pile of pretty plates. What can I say? It’s a sickness.
I already have a stack of pretty plates that I don’t know what to do with out in the photo cottage. Last year I sold quite a few plates with words on them at Reclaiming Beautiful, but this year they aren’t selling at all. They look adorable tucked into a planter or window box, see …
This will be the 4th season that I’ve had this one in my copper boiler planter and it is holding up perfectly.
I may have to try coming up with some sort of marketing idea so people realize that these plates aren’t meant to display in a cabinet, but rather to stuff into a planter or hang outside in the garden.
I’ve already added words to one of them using Prima Marketing’s Words to Live By transfer set …
But I may just have to keep the platter with the simple blue edge.
Isn’t it pretty paired with some ironstone?
You may have noticed that oval framed photo on the chair in the first blurry photo of my haul from Prospect Park. I’m generally not a huge fan of those typical old portraits that are framed like this, but take a closer look at this one.
Isn’t that awesome? I kinda want to live there, don’t you?
I’m going to clean it up and possibly paint the frame and then we’ll see what happens with this one. Will I find a spot for it, or will I have to let it go?
And more importantly, will I manage to avoid breaking that convex glass in the process?
After we filled up the SUV, we checked out the gardens and continued to admire this lovely neighborhood.
I also noticed that the map showed a Frank Lloyd Wright house in the neighborhood so we decided to check that out before heading home.
The Willey House was built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1934. It’s a privately owned home, and unfortunately wasn’t participating in the garden tour so we couldn’t go snooping around like we wanted to. It was still interesting to see just this much of it though and to read about it online.
My sister and I definitely had a great time prospecting for gold in Prospect Park. We may not have found any actual gold, but we certainly came home with some fab finds. This neighborhood is definitely going back on the list for next year!