Because of all of the traffic of the Clothesline Fair, people have garage sales all the way out there and throughout town too. The sales are plentiful, but a lot of it is just junk and not the sort of things that I want or it is stuff that I want but they have antique store prices on it. I guess they think that the out of towners will come antique and junk hunting and buy it up. And, maybe they do, but I don't. Some years I have had good luck - last year I bought a two foot tall stack of vintage tablecloths and linens for $10.00 and some years I have zero luck. This was one of those years.
I did find a few things here and there, but with the price of gas and the heat added to the mix - it probably wasn't worth it. But, I had a little bit of fun, so then again, maybe it was.
I go yard saling in this town often enough that I recognize signs and know where the sale is even without reading the address. When I spotted one sign I knew immediately it was at "The Grouchiest Lady in the World's" house. She has the sourest look on her face. I think she was just born with that face, but the attitude she carries along with it makes her just the most terrible lady. She stares at everyone - especially teenaged boys - like they are going to steal everything. Recently I have avoided her sales, but the sales yesterday were so bad, that TGLITW's sale seemed like a treat. I only bought these two vintage-y suitcases for $2.00. I scrubbed them up after I took the photo and they are shiny and blue now. To the Flea Market they go.
Inside the larger suitcase, I found two of these Personal Bat Mats from a hotel. I like the woodsy lodge feel to it. They might end up being the money maker of the trip.
Inside the suitcase - a Robert Raikes wooden faced bunny, a Dakin Dream Pet "Bobo the Elephant", a small spaghetti Poodle with rhinestone eyes, three old potholders, a set of teeny tiny molds and a pair of Klackers. Do you remember Klackers? Two acrylic balls on either end of a string - clack them together until they whack each other and bounce off each other. They were popular in the 1970's for a short time, until they were deemed dangerous and pulled from the shelves. This was right about the time when our teenaged neighbor got a pair of Klackers and swung them over his head like a Banshee and swung them into my face, resulting in my first black eye at the tender age of three. Ahhh, memories.
Tomorrow we will be going to the Clothesline Fair, so maybe there will be more junk set up along the roads. If there is, hold on boys, we are pullin' in!
Until then, have a safe and happy Labor Day. Sixteen years ago on a Labor day I was in Labor.....:)