This weekend's junk finds serve as another reminder that good, old junk can still be found in the suburbs! Sometimes I get so hung up on the old houses=old junk theory that I bypass my local sales, thinking they'll just be full of baby clothes and old VHS tapes (because frequently, they are!).
This jewelry was found at a sale within walking distance of my house! The sale didn't look like much from the street, but when I got up close I found a card table absolutely covered in little bags of jewelry that had belonged to the seller's aunt, a woman who ran a folk dance troupe somehow connected with the UN. I was able to find goodies to replenish my Box of Happy:
Which was running low in a few colors. I'll be keeping the bright red beaded necklace, and I'll have to perform some repair work on the pretty blue moonglow Lucite necklace at the bottom of the photo.
That morning I found another interesting sale not far from my house. When we got there, I thought I heard the sellers mention that everything on the driveway was FREE--and there was a ton of stuff! I picked out a few things--a vintage Christmas corsage, a few tiny pieces of vintage pottery--and approached the seller to pay, only to be told again that it was all FREE. When I asked why, she said that the previous day there had been a terrific thunderstorm while they'd been running the sale. They'd had to run for cover to the garage, leaving all of the merchandise out in the driveway to be rained upon, and the lightening was so severe that they were afraid to go out and get it all. Thus, much of the stuff got wet and they felt like they couldn't charge any money for it.
There were a few boxes of damp books, but most of the stuff displayed on the tables was perfectly fine! There were more things I would like to have taken (a few vintage items, a few useful items) but it honestly made me so uncomfortable to take it without paying that I just couldn't do it! It was weird. (I did take the corsage and the pottery--I think my total for those items would have been about $1 so I didn't feel too bad, and come on--who could leave behind a vintage Christmas corsage?)
I've been working hard to refill my sad, neglected Etsy shop with some fun items--go check it out! Here's a sampling of what you'll find: