tangletown 2019.

Temps have been cooling down here, the days are getting shorter and the leaves are starting to turn.  That can only mean one thing.  Neighborhood garage sale season is almost over.

But there are a couple of good ones still left, and this past Saturday Debbie and I headed out to the Tangletown neighborhood in Minneapolis for their sales.

Last year the Tangletown sales were held the first weekend in May, but this year they scheduled them for September.

Once again, Debbie and I got tangled up in Tangletown.  They provided a map for the sales, but you couldn’t read most of the street names on the map.  They also provided a listing of each address participating in the sale, but that was hard to follow too.  So we just drove around randomly looking for signs.  This was probably not the best strategy and might explain why we came home with a smaller than normal pile of goodies.

The pair of bistro pairs was my first buy of the day.  They aren’t vintage, so normally I would pass on them.  But I thought they might be a fun winter painting project, so I grabbed them.

Debbie purchased the pair of blue pots.

At only $1 each, they were a no-brainer.  She’s going to put them on her front stoop with some mums in them for fall.

Even though I’m not a huge fan of painting chairs, especially chairs with lots of spindles, I couldn’t resist this next chair.

To me this chair looks more authentic than the chunky 70’s & 80’s versions of the captain’s chair.  I like the cleaner lines of the spindles on this one and the way the back and arms are one solid piece that curves down to meet the seat.  This chair is going to look amazing once painted.

I snagged this trio of old gold picture frames for $2 total.

They are somewhat beat up, but I still think they look great.  I’m not sure exactly what I’ll do with them yet but I’m sure I’ll find a home for them somewhere in my house.

I was also drawn to this small black globe.

I’ll carry this one around the house trying to find a spot for it too.

I’ve saved ‘find of the day’ status for the bed.

Maybe not quite so much because it’s a pretty fab bed, but more because of the story that goes with it.

My sister and I had just pulled up in front of a garage sale when we saw a guy across the street carrying things out to the curb.  The bed was already leaning up against a tree and had a sign on it that I couldn’t read from the car.  Sure enough, as I got closer I could see that it said “FREE”.  Our timing could not have been more perfect.

Ironically we had just come from another sale that had a similar bed priced at $80, which was far too high a price for me.

I asked him if this was a twin sized bed (because sometimes these old pieces can be off sizes).  He didn’t know, but his wife popped her head out of an upstairs window and said ‘yes, it’s a twin!’  Then she also told me that she bought it at Hunt & Gather (you locals are probably familiar with this shop in Minneapolis).

Again, it’s another piece that will be totally transformed by paint.

So, not a huge haul, but still some great finds in Tangletown.  Be sure to stay tuned, Wednesday I’ll be continuing my house tour with a look at our kitchen!


20 thoughts on “tangletown 2019.

  1. Love your finds. You might want to research that chair, I have seen them at my antique store for very high prices. Once you research it, if it’s not as old as I think it is, feel free to transform it into a great painted piece. I can’t wait to see what you do with the bed, it’s adorable.


    1. I thought the same thing about that chair, but I couldn’t find any markings on it at all. I was hoping it would have some kind of manufacturer’s name on it or something, but no such luck.


  2. I remember back in 1995 when a bed like that came out. I just fell in love with the lines. There was a magazine piece of gal in Sausalito, California who owned a darling shop. She sold the beds in her shop but also had it in her little boys room. I cannot wait to you work your magic on the bed and the chair.
    Bot of these pieces say “cottage” to me.


  3. Great haul. Love the gold frames. I’m a sucker for a gold frame with or without a painting or silvered mirror in them. They are part of my none collection.


  4. Love your haul and Debbie’s pots! I have four of the bistro chairs. They look fragile, but they hold my husband who is 6’3″ and weighs over 300 lbs! They are great, take up little real estate when folded up. The bed is awesome! I can see a transfer on this one!


  5. Hey Miss Quandie! I can not imagine a universe where a bed like yours with a “Free” sign on it would be leaning against a tree here in west Los Angeles! Ha-ha!!! Tell me again, summer is the best time for garage sales in your area, no? Need to reserve my U-Haul truck!!!!


    1. Well, technically not mid-summer. There is a big slowdown in garage sales from the weekend before the 4th of July until about mid-August. I’d say the best time to come is May, followed by September. Get that reservation in 😉


  6. Great eye. Love the great lines/shaping of that captains chair. Twin bed is a cutie too. Great in a little girls room. Can’t wait to see the finished product.


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