Sarah and I ventured out to one sale last Thursday because it looked really good. It turned out to not be really good though, and I bought nothing. They did have this old cooler though:
What’s funny about this is that Sarah’s nickname in high school was Pleasure Chest. I told her to buy this, but she didn’t. Oh well.
Anyway, the real point of this entry is the sale we hit next. We were driving home and randomly saw a sign that said ESTATE SALE. We were about to start chanting “SECRET SALE, SECRET SALE” because we weren’t aware of this sale, but then we saw another sign…
This wasn’t a secret estate sale! It was a garage sale disguised as an estate sale! So rude.
In the end though, this garage-ate sale ended up being pretty good. It was all old antiques and collectibles. I bought this old leather horse for $5:
I also grabbed this ceramic bear because he looked mid-century modern. He was $5. At some point, one of the ladies running the sale referred to the bear as “ugly.” When she realized that I heard her say that, she got all apologetic and embarrassed. I didn’t tell her that this bear was to sell, so she assumed I was going to decorate my home with it.
When I got home, I realized that this little guy has an artist mark. Turns out he is made by JARU Art Products, a ceramics company out of California in the 50s-70s. Even better news, people collect JARU! You can follow his progress on ebay here. I had one lady message me and ask if I would change him to Buy It Now, which I couldn’t because he already had bids.
Sarah got some cool stuff at this garage sale too! I’ll let her share…
Update from Sarah: The sale we went to was bad, but I still found a few things. Since I’m once again out of town, I don’t have pictures of anything, but I’ll try to make do. I found a Fisher-Price phonograph in the box, and it worked. I figured Adam would want it. They had it marked $24 but I got them to go down to $20. They were real sticklers. It’s of this variety:
I also found another copy of the Charles Manson cover of Life Magazine. If you ever see one of these in good shape for a dollar or something, snatch it because it sells on eBay. Also, the article itself is pretty cool. I found some other stuff that I can’t remember at this sale, so obviously none of it was fabulous.
I did find a couple of things at the GarageATE SALE—an old tin filled with old buttons for $5 (may or may not have been worth that… who knows?), an old wooden puzzle like the sort you see crafty old men selling at art fairs (Adam loves these), and then one more item that will be featured as a Fave Find.