Monday, August 4, 2008

Garage sales: August '08


The middle of the country has many drawbacks, including no oceans and teeny mountains (yes, the Ozarks are mountains). But one thing we have in abundance is great summer garage sales. Hot, humid, crowded, and full of good junk at great prices.

Last weekend I hit a bonanza with two older women (now defined as anyone older than me) who were closing down their antique shop. I practiced great restraint and left with three bags full of goodies, including six vintage hats that I'll be listing over the next several weeks in my Etsy shop. The picture above shows some of my other finds, including a Red Wing Lexington pitcher, Red Wing planter, Hull swan planter, hand-painted Japan pitcher, tin of buttons, and a couple of trays.

These were great, but what really got me excited was the hats. Once I started looking at them, one of the woman started hauling them out of the house. And kept hauling--more than 50 in all. Unfortunately, many were not in great shape, but I picked out a number of the best. Pictured to the right: a rabbit fur felt number from Saks Fifth Avenue, probably late 1950s to 1960s. So soft, and it matches my eyes (but sadly not my head size).

6 comments:

Kim Bagwill said...

I love garage sales! But since moving to LA I haven't been able to check them out, but that was the main attraction in rural Illinois on a weekend.

High Desert Diva said...

Cool stuff...love the pitcher and planter.

GrayEyedScorpio said...

What a find! I highlighted my newspaper already for this weekend's garage sales. One advertises gift shop remnants, including displays. I'm tempted to stalk that garage the night before...

Christopher And Tia said...

That hat is really pretty. It reminds me of old movies and popcorn.

littlebird said...

wow you left with only 3 bags full! well done for not going overboard, i know i would have! : )
Looks like you found some wonderful pieces.

Sarah McBride said...

you always find the best stuff at garage sales. I wish I had that knack!

I guess your son is done being a hat model, huh?

great finds!!