We started out pretty early, fueled by Dunkin' Donuts coffee and pocketfuls of dollar bills. (Wait a minute...we sound like go-go dancers... .) My friend Jim "I'm-not-buying-anything-I-just-sold-my-house-and-everything's-in-storage-don't-need-anything" made it about 500 yards from my front door before making his first purchase of the day. When your name is Jim, and you love kitsch, and there's 11 of these sitting at a yard sale for 10 cents each...
...it's hard to walk away. The conversation with the owner went something like, "Jim -- can I call you Jim? -- I need to buy these from you like I need a hole in the head." And, into the box they went.
Across the street from the Jims, Karen found this great little silverplate bowl in perfect condition for $2.
Then we passed this note, one of many found on furniture pieces on someone's curb:
He also picked up this
I was convinced not to buy this desk and chair for the guest bedroom (everyone thinks we should stick with a pew or some sort of similar bench for the The Napoleon Room). It was marked $195 for the set but "very negotiable" (that's code for "please buy this so I don't have to schlep it home!").
And I was tempted by this fabulous red bike, but with three vintage bicycles in the basement (five bikes total), I think it's best just lusting from afar. (And how did I miss the Jesus paint-by-numbers in the background until I saw this photo? Whoa.)
I went home a little sad that I only managed to grab three cookie cutters. I mean, come on! I'm better than that. So...I went back in later in the day.
Look at the detail on the back:
We've also been looking for an inexpensive quilt rack. Two of our bedrooms have no closets so a compact clothing/towel/whatever rack is something we've been on the hunt for. How I missed this in the morning ($15) I have no idea! Just glad it was still there waiting for me in the afternoon.
It cleaned up great, and of course I think it's also the perfect display piece for my Labor of Love:
And last but not least, I picked up postcards from a lovely woman in town who's cleaning out her Bed & Breakfast. I bought some odds and ends from her last week (and come to think of it...what did I do with the pictures of that stuff?! Hmmm...), so she let me have these cards for 50 cents each. Most are super old, and that scallop-edged one is fabric and hand painted. I'll tuck these into gifts. So much nicer (and eco-friendly!) than your typical Hallmark (with apologies to Hallmark).