Monday, 9 June 2014

LIFE: Other Peoples Junk

Greetings Compact Penguins Motown

This little part of the world is heaven if both estate sales and yard sales are your kinda thing. The past couple of weekends we've taken to randomly driving around (you really don't have to drive far) and having a gander at some of the yard sales just for a change from estate sales. 

While I find yard sales a little more frustrating than estate sales - you have no idea what you might find, they can be super hit and miss and some just don't hold any interest in us (lots of sales for baby clothes and items, household junk etc). But they can be fun all the same - from finding penguin nesting dolls, couple of vintage Detroit postcards to cookbooks, vinyls and an unbranded vintage powder compact with a sweet dragonfly design upon it's top, we didn't do too badly. Aside from me getting sunstroke, that wasn't fun.

I don't think anything is going to beat the $1 Jimi Hendrix Experience vinyl (Are You Experienced - 1967) we found the week previous, but last weekend the vinyl gods were smiling on us again. You go through peaks and lows, you can go weeks without finding anything you're interested in and then have a day when everything is in your favor. Take for example the three estate sales we hit which must have had thousands and thousands of records between them, from which we rehomed about 70 everything from The Beatles, Deep Purple to lots of lovely Motown Records (Marvelettes, Temptations, Spinners to the Supremes) to Stevie Nicks and Buddy Holly (an original 1958 one at that) with everything in between. Motown's never the easiest to find, at least in LP format, so finding 9 in one day is my kinda fun.

What have you found lately?
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23 comments:

  1. Those little nesting penguins are just too cute. I wish we had more car boot sales and such where we stay but we really don't. It's always good to have a wee nosey about and see what deals you can find!
    Debi x

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    1. It's always fun to see what other people are throwing out, or are trying to get rid of, find some odd things at times!

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    1. Yeah, they were coming home with me for sure!

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  3. What cool finds! I love those penguins! I haven't been to a yard sale in ages but I really want to check some out soon.

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    1. Yeah we don't tend to hit them, it's a fun change especially when it's lovely out!

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  4. I wish there were more yardy sale things here :( I have been to a few carbooty things and love looking for vintage teacups and saucers :) Am going to agree with what everyone else is saying about the very cute little penguins :) xx

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    1. I always wonder why yard/garage sales and estate sales aren't a thing in the UK, i'm sure there would be a market for them. Although the car boot certainly serves the same purpose at least!

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  5. These are brilliant! Love the unbranded powder- it's so cute! I never really hit up yard sales, not a majorly big thing over here in the UK with all the rain! But I do love to have a good browse at the charity shops and car boot sales!
    Lauren | OhHay Blogs!
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    1. Yeah the rain doesn't help things does it?! Although i'm sure rainy days don't stop the most eager buyers at car boots all the same!

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  6. Sorry to hear you got sunstroke, but at least you got some goodies! The powder compact is pretty!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Yeah that hit me like a super bad hangover on Sunday, totally wasn't paying attention to being in the sun so much!

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  7. I've never been to an estate sale but my mom has. I remember her coming home with many awesome nicknacks of sorts. It's definitely the time of year for this! Looks like you found some really great things! Sorry about the sunstroke though:( I'm sure that was not fun at all.

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    1. Yeah estate sales seem to triple in volume once April rolls round although we tend to hit them (normally) year around. Sometimes the best ones are one snowy winter days when they don't get picked over, you can find some great things then.

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  8. Never been to a yard sale - they aren't a big thing where I live, but I love those penguins! I have some nesting dolls, but they are the classic kind.

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    1. Nesting dolls are always cute aren't they?! I grew up with a traditional doll set but gotta say, the penguins have caught my heart!

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  9. Awww! The penguins are adorable! I haven't been to a good car boot in a long time x

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    1. I'll tell you a secret, I've never been to a car boot sale!

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  10. I really need to get into estate sales, I hear so many good things about them but have yet to delve into one! I do like perusing a yard sale table if I see one, sometimes you find a real gem and I'm lucky that now the weather is good, all of the neighbours are having them! I really like that dragonfly compact, it's so pretty ^_^

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  11. One mans junk and all that :)

    I feel like I need to go rummage around someone else junk. I haven't been in a while.

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  12. Not sure how to reply to you directly, so I'll reply here. You should try to make your way over the Arboretum within the next week or so. This way you can see the peony garden because that is the best time to see the Arboretum. Other times are pretty nice but this is the best time. The Matthei Botanical Gardens you can pretty much see at any time though.

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