I went thrifting this weekend but with a very heavy heart. My thoughts kept drifting back to the Earthquake and the devastating Tsunami in Japan. I thought about Cerys's Japanese Teacher and wondered if she was in Japan or in the states. I thought about the gentleman that I recently shipped a mid century modern clock to in Japan. I thought about all the people who've not only lost their homes, their cars and all their belongings but their friends and family. I know with each tragedy that we face in the world we can only do a little to help.
I haven't filled Little Shop with items this week. I'm completely overwhelmed at the moment with barely a moment to take a deep breath. I only have one item for Little Shop which is another set of matryoshka dolls which I know you love.
All sales from Little Shop this week will go directly to helping Japan. You can choose any charity that you wish. I just ask that you send me a copy of your receipt. I'll pay for the shipping of the item. This includes any current inventory in Little Shop. If you are local and have some things to donate to Little Shop please email me.
Keiran and I were set to go to San Jose on Saturday for a rummage sale. We had plans to meet Sunita, another blogger and thrifter. We left the house a little after 6 am and arrived in San Jose at 8 am. Keiran and I loved watching dawn as the sun rise among the coastal hills. We loved seeing the fog nestled in the valleys. We got excited crossing over the bridges as we could see San Francisco in the distance.
When we arrived at the fairgrounds for the 22nd Rummage Sale for the Junior League of San Jose, we found a very long line. With our cart we made our way to the end of the line and enjoyed a breakfast of cold bacon and boiled eggs. Sunita found us soon after and we were able to swap thrifting stories as well as our excitement about the rummage sale. Neither of us had ever been to this sale before.
The hour went by quickly and finally the line moved forward. Keiran and I darted to the book area where I began to shop for books. I found some wonderful inventory and the prices were very affordable.
After the books we hit the dishes, clothing, toys and electronics. It was pretty hard work with Keiran. He's helpful but in a large crowded area I had to spend a lot of time focusing on him. Next year it would be ideal to have Cerys spend the night with a friend and Dave & Keiran help me at the sale. We still had a lovely time and it was interesting to thrift in a different area.
We decided to drive up the peninsula to head home with our GPS set for an estate sale in Redwood City. I found the El Camino Real and we headed north. We next found an estate sale in Sunnyvale.
I found some old Key Punch Cards for $1. I'm going to use them for selling items at the flea market. Maybe wrap vintage lace around or for buttons that I sell. I don't know how many I have but this stack measured nearly 4 inches tall. It was interesting to attend an estate sale out of the area. This company had hand carts for shoppers and holding boxes under tables in the front room. And they took Visa which I think is very cool.
After the estate sale we saw a sign that said Vintage Sale. I turned quickly in the direction of the sign and we found ourselves at the Sunnyvale Lace Museum. The woman who talked me into buying them (she offered 2 for 1) said that they needed recovering. I love them as they are though. I was very surprised to see that they sold for a nice price on eBay. One sold for $72. Another French one sold for $145. They probably look odd but there's something about them that I adore.
The Lace Museum was just lovely and was filled with items for sale that were donated by their members. They had bins of lace, napkins, books, needles, toys and buttons. I loved telling the lace members that the children's grandmother was a lace maker in England and they were delighted to hear that Keiran is a lace maker. You could see how much love they had for this incredible art. You can follow them on Facebook here. They also offer lacemaking classes for children. Bobbin Lace is such a fun craft and while it does take patience it's a wonderful art to share with your children.
We moved on and found a garage sale hosted by Whole Foods of all places. Clothes were 4 for $1 and they had new Bamboo flatware sets for $3.
What we loved about the day was the fact that we just stumbled upon the unexpected. Who would have thought that we'd end up at a vintage sale at a Lace Museum and in the parking lot thrifting at Whole Foods?
Our last estate sale was in Redwood city where we found this music box. We left for home after the sale and arrived home around 12 hours after we left. The car wasn't loaded with inventory but we certainly had found enough to pay for the trip and make a nice profit.
All Sale from Little Shop this week go to helping Japan.
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