Sunday, March 25, 2007

Rummage Sale!

This weekend was the 80th annual Thursday Club Rummage Sale in Balboa Park.
My mom and I got there about an hour early to find a looong line. No worries, we brought camp chairs and coffee and just talked to the people.

*note to self: do not again mention how excited you are about going to scope out the fabric first.
The lady in line in front of me turned around and said, "oh, they have fabric here?" (cue Marge Simpson's growl...)

*note to other sale goers: do not arrive right as the doors open and expect to snake in line. It doesn't work that way, and even your asking if you can hang with us isn't polite)

My favorite find of the day was the metal shore bird (sandpiper?) ornament I got for 25 cents. Most of the ornaments were in Ziploc bags and I just grabbed and hoped for the best. I was pleased with the contents of all.
Rummage Sale xmas ornaments
Price for several bags and total of items above: $1

The little lime green tree is an ornament that is like a bell--the base swings free. The tree itself is embellished with magic-wand wielding fairies. I love it.

I got 26 cardboard ornaments (or package toppers). I just love the designs on these. In addition to ones shown here are carousel animals and Victorian children.
Cardboard Ornaments--Gnomes, etc

I found a few patterns and some fun fabrics, though the selection of crafty items wasn't as large as last year.
Rummage Sale Fabric Finds
Two yards of Alexander Henry "egg study" (perfect timing, right before Easter)--price $1 per yard.
a small piece of trout fabric by Robert Kaufman, and an upholstery swatch with dogs (or is it coyotes?) that I love. That one will go into making a small bag.
I think the small pieces were either 25 or 50 cents.
I also picked up several neckties, a few of which I posted to
my crafty blog.

They've got tables and tables of vintage linens.
Owl Potholder and Tea Towel
I will make a wristlet from the tea towel (mint condition)
The potholder is identical to a blue one I purchased on ebay for a hefty penny from the UK (aarrggghhh)
Rummage sale price: $1 each.

I found several vintage cookbooks. I didn't even take the time to cruise the vast piles of novels, etc, and I forgot to check for magazines.
Vintage Cook booklet
This booklet was printed by the Dairy council of California. I love the magic wand (the magic of sour cream). There is no date listed.

I wasn't in the mood to go through all the clothing either. There are so many areas to go through, it's just too much to do them all. I skipped the electronics, the tools, the baskets, and the jewelry.
My mom always heads to the plants area first. Local nurseries donate some great items.

An adorable kid's cookbook filled with pen and ink illustrations and recipes for spooky-type twists on food, especially appropriate for Halloween.
The Monster Cookbook, 1982

Booklet of party games from the 1950's.
50's Game Booklet

This event is a huge hall with everything from furniture and bicycles to clothing and trinkets.
I didn't get any 'wow' items this year, but I still got a big bag full of goodies and emptied my wallet of $30 toward a good cause.
Most of all though, it's just fun!

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Funny, but too true

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