Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Just a few yard sale finds

I was really hoping for a better haul when I ventured out for my morning junk fix up in Ashland.  I had several sales on my list, but unfortunately I did more driving than buying.  Oh well, you just never know what you'll find.....or won't find.

I started the day by arriving 10 minutes early for the first sale, but those folks weren't going to let anyone near their stuff before the official opening - why don't you say "no early birds" in your ad?  No time for waiting around.  The next one took me and my large truck that doesn't exactly turn on a dime, to the top of a hill where I encountered a very steep and narrow gravel driveway.  I couldn't risk it.  I was sure I'd be stuck down there with no way out.  Next, I was the 2nd vehicle in a caravan of 4 to make it up to the top of another narrow road only to find a locked gate.  What fun it was for all of us to get turned around up there. The next few didn't open until 9:00, so I stopped by a coffee shop for nourishment before trying my luck again.  Back on the road again and finally some purchase worthy items and flat terrain!!!  Last on my list, a 10:00 sale with "absolutely no early birds" in their ad - a huge barn sale full of antiques.  I drove about 7 miles out of town and according to my GPS, it was another 3 miles to my destination after I had reached the narrow gravel road.  Then, at 10:00 and less than 1 mile from my destination...... another locked gate.  Was there another way around?  Did my GPS fail me?  Do the sales around here require appointments?  Ten minutes later, still no sign of Mr. or Mrs. barn owner coming to unlock the gate.  I also ventured out in the afternoon for a great sounding 2:00 sale....I didn't buy anything, but at least I was able to park.  I'm sure I spent more money on gas than on my goodies, but I love exploring new territory and came away with a few finds from only two of the sales.

I just love reading through old books.  I'm not sure what's more amusing -
  what they say or how they say it.

What's better with your shoes off?

"Anatomy Physiology Hygiene"
 I haven't had a chance to sit down with the 1891 California school text book yet,
but I'm sure it's worthy of a good bottle of wine and a few laughs with friends. 

I never got past the ant poison recipe in this 1928 cookbook. 

I love old hats and couldn't resist these...what a deal.
I got a double dose of excitement when I looked through the old
newspaper they were stuffed with.....ads from 1971.

These were on the same page....where's the warning not
to take them together?

I loved this one.  I have two theories on the logic behind the
"married man" request.


  1. Irma Robles HaraughtyJuly 23, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Oh, don't you hate when you waste your time and gas driving to places that turn out to be "duds"?
    I'm sorry your morning turned out a little rough, but it seems like you got some great stuff anyway!

    I can't believe you actually took the time to read the ads in the old newspaper, you're so cute, I probably would have overlooked it.

    BTW What is better with your shoes off? lol

    OH, and do you think I can still find some of that GoTense and GoBese I can really use it! LOL

    Bye for now =o]

  2. Ms Bingles Vintage ChristmasJuly 23, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Oh my goodess.... I love your blog!
    It is just beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing!

  3. Brambleberry CottageFebruary 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Old ads are such fun. I have some vintage magazines from the 1800s, and some of the ads are a riot. That last ad of yours, requesting that the salesman be married, is a hoot!

    Thanks for sharing your adventure.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


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