Fridays tend to stress me out even though it's my favorite day of the week. In a perfect world, I would have a babysitter arrive at the house at 6 a.m. They would wake the children at 7 a.m., feed them, make their snack for their school day and drive them safely to school. This would allow me to easily get to Friday estate sales, sign my name up on the list and wait patiently in my van and eventually in the line to get in the sale during the first wave of shoppers.
Instead last Friday left me rushing the kids to get out the door early, racing to the school to drop them off, driving as quickly as I legally could to the one estate sale in Santa Rosa in the north of town only to discover that I was 25th on the list. Sigh. The only really positive note though about this frantic morning is that when they opened the door to let us in, they let 25 shoppers in the door! Usually it's 10 or 15, sometimes 20 but it's a rare day when it is 25 people. Luckily the house was huge and I got in!
It was a great sale for inventory that included books, DVDs, perfume and jewelry. As Julie Andrews would sing "these are a few of my favorite things."
Saturday took me to Sebastopol to an estate sale that my friend Amy told me about. It was a sale that I hadn't even seen until she mentioned it. I arrived at 8 a.m. and waited with a few other people until they opened at 8:50. A woman running the sale told us that the good stuff was in the house and the garage sale stuff was outside. I spent time in the house first but I found most of the best finds in the garage including the Greyhound Metal Bus above.
I opened up a box that included lots of vintage metal toy trucks, the Greyhound bus, 2 Tomy Tuneyville Choo Choo Trains and some vintage toy plastic dishes.
I found buttons, thread, vintage typewriter paper (thanks to Amy), mercury glass beads, an old school chair and an entire collection of Victoria Magazines.
It felt like ages since I had been to a sale with vintage items like this. It was fun to thrift with Amy, discover vintage toys and especially to find the Greyhound Bus. It's not exceptionally valuable especially in the condition that it's in. I had considered selling it at the flea market but I've decided to keep it. It's such an iconic symbol of American transportation from the past. It's now in my living room on the vintage stereo cabinet.
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