I did hit up a few garage sales with Clover and Laura Jane on Saturday (National Garage Sale Day), unfortunately it was a bit disappointing. First of all, I didn't notice more garage sales than usual around town on that day. Having only just found out about it myself, I don't think this holiday has been properly promoted. I think a thrifty PR person needs to get on it ;)
I checked craigslist and found a garage sale that was all vintage clothing and jewelery, but when we went there they turned out to be dealers charging $60 for a dress. Am I really going to pay $60 for a dress? Maybe in your shop if the dress is awesome, but definitely not in your driveway. We weren't that impressed with what they had to offer anyway.
There was a "sidewalk sale" advertised that was supposed to be nearby so we went to check that out. I was imagining multiple houses up and down the block selling their goods. Needless to say, I was not expecting one dude cleaning out his bachelor pad on the corner, but that's what we got... next.
We were actually about to give up on Garage Sale day altogether and go home when we passed by one that looked like it might be promising. At least I didn't go home empty handed:
They had a bunch of books for 50 cents laid out on a tarp. I took home a cute children's book called "Nana's Garden", which I forgot to photograph, and this 1975 National Geographic Society book "The Craftsman in America." It has lots of wonderful pics of 70's folks and their handicrafts. Look at that teeny tiny woven basket on the fingertip! The one below it is absolutely gorgeous with feathers and shells woven into it. Both are Pomo baskets native to the area where I live.
They also had a plethora of old Martha Stewart mags for 25 cents each. I narrowed it down to eight favorites ranging between 1994 and 2005. I like that her aesthetic is pretty consistent and timeless in a way that doesn't make the old issues seem dated as they would with many other home and decorating magazines. They're filled with lovely and inspiring pics which I may even use for some blog posts :)
I had some better luck on Fun Friday. For those who don't know, every second and last Friday of the month, is half-off day at Salvation Army. They call it Fun Friday and I'd have to agree. These were my "fun" finds:
This vintage 80's? 90's? (I'm pretty bad at dating clothing) floral dress buttons all the way up the front and fits me really well. It's got a great pattern and so far I haven't started getting sick of florals yet. I think I was even more excited about the matching belt though. ($5)
I love these oilcloth covered seat cushions I got for a dollar a piece. They have the polka dots on one side and the floral design on the other.