Do any of you suffer from garage sale regret?
You get home from a day of garage saling and suddenly realize that the painted wooden chicken feeder you passed up on would have been awesome hung up somewhere in the garden and filled with plants. It was only $6, why didn’t you buy it??
Or you wonder why in the world you refused that 3rd vintage sled. Sure, it was priced higher than the other two that you did grab, but still …
And you really should have snatched up all of the Rocket Ligularia that were $1 each, why did you only take two (because it felt greedy to take them all?!).
For me, it’s inevitable that after a day spent at a fabulous neighborhood sale, I will realize there were things I should have grabbed but didn’t.
And on the opposite side of that coin, sometimes I regret the things that I did buy. Like this toy cash register.
I mainly bought it because I thought the little note attached, ‘I bet your grandpa can fix it!’, was clever.
Sure, it’s adorable. But red isn’t my color, so I don’t have anywhere to display it myself. So I added a little transfer scrap to it and I’ll bring it in to the shop and hope someone else will give it a good home.
Garage sale regret is simply part of the deal, right? That’s the difference between garage sales and shopping retail. If you don’t grab something right away, it will likely be gone five minutes later. And you also can’t go back and return something if you decide you shouldn’t have purchased it.
These items were all from the Linden Hills neighborhood sale last Saturday. Linden Hills is such a pretty neighborhood, lots of old craftsman style bungalows and tudor style cottages. And it feels as though nearly every house has a fabulous garden! It’s really just a pleasure to drive around (especially when your sister is doing all of the driving, thanks again for that sis!). It’s a bonus to also bring home some fabulous finds.
In addition to the two sleds, the plants and the toy cash register above, I also brought home a few more goodies like two vintage totes.
The green one is wood, the pink one is metal. I wonder if it was originally red and had faded to that pink shade. Or was it always pink? A mechanic’s tool tote in pink? What do you think?
I also purchased these bits of wrought iron salvage …
These are really fun to add to a planter in the garden.
I bought this headboard for $5.
It’s fairly non-descript, but I have a plan for turning it into a sign. The price was right, so I grabbed it.
It’s basically an automatic reaction to pick up any ironstone pieces that I find, apparently even chamber pots.
This one is pretty filled with some lobelia though.
I don’t believe this casserole is actually ironstone, but it would still be lovely displayed with ironstone pieces.
I picked up this teapot as a gift for my m-i-l.
I think she’s going to love it.
I googled it and found a little more info about it online (here), and prices ranging from $67 on Mercari to $339.95 on replacements.com (yikes!). I paid $3! But, shhh, don’t tell my m-i-l it was only $3.
I picked up a pair of watering cans at Linden Hills. Usually I’m thrilled to find just one watering can, so it was pretty exciting to find two.
This first one is pretty dinged up, has a broken plastic sleeve on the top handle and no rose on the spout.
In case you aren’t familiar, the ‘rose’ is the piece that fits on the end of the spout and allows you to sprinkle the water.
Vintage/antique watering cans are often missing their rose. They tend to be more valuable with a rose, than without. My personal theory is that it’s quicker to water a potted plant without the rose. Also, the rose tends to get clogged up by debris. So people often removed them, and then they were lost.
Funny enough though, my friend/picker Sue had recently found a rose that she gave to me.
This rose from Sue just happens to fit on this can.
So I added the rose, pounded out the dents a bit, removed the broken plastic sleeve on the handle and added a transfer.
This one will be heading into the shop as well.
And this brings me to my find of the day.
You’re probably wondering, what makes this watering can so special that it deserves find of the day status? Well … as you know, I have a bit of a non-collection of watering cans.
And the truth of the matter is, most of them don’t actually hold water! I’d say 99% of the time these old watering cans have rusted through in spots on the bottom and they are leaky. So while they are great as décor, they don’t actually function.
As a result, I still use an ugly plastic watering can from IKEA when I apply water soluble fertilizer to my potted flowers.
But this watering can does hold water! It also has a nice big spout (without a rose). I’m looking forward to using it this year to feed my flowers.
So how about you? Do you have any garage sale regrets that you still think about? And what would you have chosen as the find of the day? Leave a comment and let me know.