On Thursday last week, Timmy came over to help me set up a new glider we got for the backyard. I should say here that he was none too pleased that I mentioned on this blog how he wears ankle socks with loafers. He insists that he only did this “one time”, but I am still refusing to issue a retraction.
Anyway, after setting up the glider, we headed out to a sale in Taylor. It turned out that the sale was inside the Taylor Trade Center which is a flea market disguised as an antique mall. I was a little wary at first when I saw the list of upcoming events to be held here:
TWO reptile expos? Also, what is “clash wrestling”???
If that wasn’t my cue to make a run for it, these things should have been:
You’re selling photos of high school girls? Alright, that’s not totally creepy and/or possibly illegal. Cute pom pom shoes though.
We found the estate sale inside this place and it was basically a bunch of tables with random things all over, most stuff was still inside boxes or wrapped up. Here’s Timmy doing his thing:
I actually found some shockingly good treasures here, mostly these old ass dolls from Germany and Japan. I have no clue what they are, but they’re all stamped.
I also got this hand turned wood bowl from Vermont, and a cool little box of mini perfumes from France:
I also got a giant box of baby doll clothes from the 1950s and some old welding/steampunk goggles to sell. For all of this stuff I paid $20 total, which is AMAZING.
And don’t worry about Tim, he got an old baseball pin from 1937 and was as happy as a clam.
Chameleons as Pets
Sarah had Friday off of work this week, so we were pretty excited about getting out early and hitting some sales. We realized pretty quickly though that not only did Good Friday mean Sarah had the day off, but it also meant that our choice of sales was pretty limited.
We thought about just going to Loehmann’s to shop (Sarah had a coupon) but because our ebay listings were getting slim, we decided to sale. On the way to the first estate, we stopped at a garage sale. They had some $3 DVDs, clothing heaps, and half-used candles. We didn’t buy anything. I did test-drive this Charles Manson-esque Halloween mask though…
After that detour, we made it to the first sale. This sale was so bad that Sarah didn’t even buy anything, which I believe is unprecedented. Remember that insane hoarder house we went to? Even then, Sarah bought some Christmas gift tags.
I did buy a couple things at this sale. Some brown craft paper that I use for packaging things, and some brand new OPI nail polish. That stuff is like $8 new! I got it for 50 cents. I also got these crazy magnifying/reading glasses that have flip up lenses. I plan to try selling them, and if not, Sarah said she wants them for reading. Part of me just wants to give them to her because the thought of her wearing them is hilarious. For now though, here is a photo of me wearing them:
The next sale was just as awful, which was a bummer because we drove pretty far to get to it (about 30 miles). Upon entry, it was pretty clear what kind of wares we were going to be encountering…
I’ve never been a big reptile fan, and considering the amount of furry animal-related things that Sarah buys, I’m guessing she isn’t either.
We also prefer our beer cans to be full of beer, so the empty can collection was of no interest…
I think that some beer cans are probably collectible, but the effort of trying to figure out which ones might be seemed too tiresome. We hadn’t eaten yet and were really excited to go to Grand Traverse Pie Company and get some food/treats.
I ended up buying two silver-plated Gerber baby spoons from the 1950s. I paid $1 total, but it seems like they might not be worth much. Whomp whomp.
On the way out, I noticed this treasure that we had missed. $30 is pretty steep, but I hear that LAN parties are pretty awesome. Actually, I have no clue what a LAN party is, but I know it is something super nerdy. By the looks of the box, it might be tons of fun.
Update from Sarah: What a bummer of a sale-ing weekend. Easter had to go and ruin all our fun.
Ok, so I need to just clarify a few things. First, I might have a hard time leaving a sale without buying something (and FYI this is not true at all at garage sales), but Erin is the worst when we’re at sales where it is obviously just a bunch of garbage. She loves to just linger and make sure she’s dug through every bit of grossness there. Perfect example: I could tell within 20 seconds of being at that Manson mask garage sale that there was nothing good there. But of course, Erin has to slowly and thoroughly browse through the piles of used slippers, dollar store candles, and cheap picture frames, just to make sure she hasn’t missed anything good. You really think there’s gonna be a hunk of gold on that table?
Second thing: I did not say I wanted to use those glasses to READ. I said I wanted to use them as magnifying glasses, which is what they are! The other day I told Adam that I needed a magnifying glass because I have a hard time reading the really small copyright dates on plastic and metal toys. What Erin also didn’t mention is that she wanted to sell those glasses to a STEAMPUNK on eBay because there was another pair listed that way. I then reminded her that hers are made of giant cream-colored plastic, rather than METAL, which is a necessity for steampunks, and she said, “oh… yeah.” Anyway, obviously she’s going to just keep them since she looks so adorable in them.
That last sale was the worst, except I found a sealed crystal radio kit that already has two watchers on eBay. The rest of the stuff in that house was pure garbage. This picture perfectly summarizes the experience: