One of my favorite rummage sales is run by our local children’s hospital and manned by lovely older women. This month everything was 50% off!!! because they are losing their lease and will be moving.
Holy smokes. I knew I had to be there early to get in line for the 11:00 a.m. opening. The antiques and collectibles area of the sale (my fav area) only allows 15 people into that section at a time and I wanted to be in that first group.
So at 9:30 a.m. I left my house and was there at the 10:00. And glory be…I was fourth in line…fourth!! And wonder of wonders there were a few chairs in the hallway and I wouldn’t be standing for an hour or crouching or sitting on the floor.
While I had brought a book in anticipation of “killing an hour,” an older woman sat next to me and we started chatting. Kay now lives in San Francisco in a studio, but had at one time lived in my town and had a business teaching reading skills (with several patents to her name). She told me the name of the business but I couldn’t grasp part of the name and after the second time asking her to say it, got a bit embarrassed to ask again. We talked for almost the whole hour and it was so pleasant. At some point she asked if I had a business card and I gave her one. Turns out she might call me for some freelance writing work…but honestly, even though I know probably nothing will come of it, meeting her was a delight.
And the sale…oh jeez, I found some good stuff. It was worth the wait.
A Few of my Finds
- a Victorian-era Meriden B. Company silver plate tray that’s all fancy flourishes and patterns with a serving/dancing girl in the middle (my photo doesn’t do it justice)
- a Peking glass vase with hand-painted grapes
- a hand-blown, sandblasted vase with applied blue handles
- two small bags of beautiful antique lace collars and trims
- and an antique wire basket doo-dad that opens…I know what it is…care to make a guess?
There were a few things I passed up buying that I’m kicking myself about now. And I realize that there were areas of the sale I didn’t look through at all. Once my bag was full and everything paid for, I left. But why didn’t I just put the full bag in my car and head back in to look more? So obvious, right?!
But what’s done is done and I remind myself that it’s just stuff. There will be other sales, other deals, other stuff.
Happy hunting and I hope you’ll share some of your recent finds with me!