The first crisp breaths of the coming autumn brought us out to enjoy Garage Sale Days in the nearby town of Media, Pennsylvania, this morning. My mother is in town for the weekend from Kentucky, so we piled into the mini-van with the girls to meander from yard to yard, looking to find our own personal treasure among other folks' trash.
Even though I'm not Catholic, I couldn't pass up a handful of religious charms in a box marked "free."
The green beads and turtles on this necklace caught my eye for a dollar. I don't know if I will re-purpose them in another piece, or just enjoy how they look now. I have very few specific plans for the things I bought today!
These Chinese chops are each two-ended, so I now have symbols for good omen, harmony, peace, wisdom, love, success, strength, and longevity. They came in a wooden box with a tiny red ink pad, and a book entitled, The Art of Chinese Chops. Not a bad find for 50 cents!
I also bought a special World War II: 40 Years Later issue of Life magazine from 1985. It has some great photos that may make their way into my projects.
An edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer from September 1953 has some great old advertisements and other illustrations, focused on the Delaware Valley, where I live.
(I couldn't get my older daughter's new playthings in one spot long enough for a photo!)
Yard sales can be a little harrowing with preschoolers in tow: they want to touch EVERYTHING, and the concept of "breakable" is pretty much lost on them. (At one point, I was lecturing the whole, "Look with your eyes; don't touch with your hands," at the very same time I was reaching out to handle just about every item on a table of interest. No wonder accusations of hypocrisy are thrown around by the time our kids reach their teenage years!) But the girls were remarkably fun and easy to take around (especially with Daddy and Grandma's hands to share the effort).
And it was such a great excuse to spend the morning outside in the fresh, almost-autumn air. Plus, to be able to share it with my mother, whom I do not see NEARLY enough to suit me, was the greatest treat of all!
What is YOUR favorite thing about hitting yard sales in the autumn season?