Since the mall is about 19 miles from my house, I went to garage sales out there and farther out. I went into parts of southeast Michigan today that I'd never seen before! I drove for LOTS of miles on dirt roads and saw alot of this:
I went to lots of froggy sales -- all with signs that read HUGE SALE (4 card tables and an old door on sawhorses) or BARN SALE (even people who don't have a barn advertised this). One was listed in the paper as a 'picker paradise' and literally was items spaced far apart on 6 tables. No picking there! All of the sales were far apart, too. I have a friend who lives closer in to the city and can hit 30 garage sales in a morning and only drive 6 miles, but it's nothing for me to put 60 miles on the car going to sales around our area.
The last sale I went to was unadvertised and just a sign at the crossroads on the way back to the mall. It turned out to be a true barn sale with a real barn, some good picking through really dirty stuff and good prices. Here are the few things I ended up with today:
|Some old canning jars and milk bottles|
|Galvanized coal scuttle|
|A small (4") souvenir ashtray from the 1950s -- some general store in Fredericksburg, VA (because I'm a sucker for vintage souvenirs!)|
|A perfect, working (though dirty) Fisher Price pull toy|
|A 1960s microscope kit -- complete with instructions and slides!|
|It's all in here!|
Tomorrow I'm going to Williamston Antique's July sale & flea market with my friend Bargain Hunter. It should be a fun time!