Well, I hope not. But I think the private garage sale we went to last Thursday was indeed a bit of a once in a lifetime event. Polly and I trotted over to her neighbour’s house to go through an entire room brimming with bin bags full of retro fabric, sheets, towels, kitchenware, toys and wool.
I just took everything that looked good and ended up filling the hallway with my stuff! Polly and I were like little vultures and I did have to act fairly quickly each time a bag was emptied as Polly tends to be a bit faster off the mark than me. That said, we do have different taste (sometimes) and I was over the moon with all my new treasures!
This is what the living room looked like before the washing started:
It took three days to wash everything. Especially as I managed to break the washing machine in the process. The washing line did look very pretty for a few days:
I have yet to sort out the kitchen items which are currently all piled up on the kitchen dresser. A lot of this is going to be just perfect for kids parties!!!
I got four old style suitcases which are made of a kind of heavy cardboard. They’re just amazing and will make quite a nice display once we’ve decorated the house. At the time though they were perfect for transporting my fabric haul.
Not forgetting the many balls of wool I picked up which were dated from 1962 and 1967. Did I mention many of the items had their original receipt and date of purchase. What I haven’t photographed yet is all the toys. Most of them are still in their original packaging too. That’s a job for another day.
This pile of sheets and pillowcases is destined to be cut up for summer hats and bags. I’m also going to make a little series of stuffed cubes for Astrid’s ceiling out of these as they’re lovely and colourful, and she just loves looking at the ceiling!
We did need some little towels for Astrid too so I picked up several – they’ll make fabulous beach towels for her too when she’s a bit older. They are just so colourful!
All items were unused and many in their original packaging.
Total spend: $210 (around Â£70).
Most items cost 10c, 20c, 50c or $1.
A few, especially the kids toys were $4.