When I begin my search through the Garage Sale ads on Thursday evening, you never truly know how the weekend will turn out. Sometimes though you get a rough feeling. Last Thursday it didn't look too good. There wasn't a single professionally run estate sale for Friday morning which is really where I do a large percentage of my shopping.
On Friday morning it didn't look any better. One of my friends was down in Los Angeles thrifting which made it even worse for me. I'm typically a the grass is greener type of girl and the idea of thrifting in LA sounded way more enticing than Sonoma County. So at the last minute I decided to travel with Dave to the East Bay Area. I dropped him off at a work event and then had the day to myself to thrift. I found the lucite and glass lamp featured in the shop update post at Mod Sonoma. I also found the Teak Folding Desk. It was just refreshing overall to shop in a new area. When I am armed with my GPS, iGarageSale app and my Thrift Store app, I can still thrift in an unfamiliar area and feel confident about finding stores and sales.
Saturday was a completely different story that consisted of me forgetting my iphone at home (I've NEVER done that before), getting to a 9 am rummage sale at 8:30 only to discover it had already opened and basically arriving home with only a worn painted bookcase, a chipped ceramic piece (had missed the flaw when buying it) and some very hurt thrift pride. The day ended just as bad with Keiran getting stung by a wasp and our van battery was dead 40 minutes from home at a party. I was glad to go to bed that night and leave the day behind.
Thankfully the Flea Markets on Sunday morning mended my thrift pain with some finds. The photo at the top of the post might be a strange thing for me to buy but I love it. It's a large fabric on cardboard sign for Lucky Brand Jeans. I'm guessing it came out of a store at one time. The seller told me that he had purchased it at an auction. Lucky Brand and Free People are my two favorite clothing brands. I adore their whimsical style and slightly alternative look. They just seem very "me" and I pick them up second hand whenever I can. Launch in Sebastopol is my favorite consignment store and they tend to have both of these brands. In fact I just picked up a fab Free People winter coat that was marked half off.
I thought that the Lucky Brand sign was charming enough to display in my office. And who knows......in 30 years, one of then-grown kids can sell it as a collectible. I paid $5 for it.
The Vintage stocking above came from the Santa Rosa Flea Market. How sweet is that little character on the top with her swinging hips.
After returning home from the Flea Markets, I began to work on the garage. I'm organizing it so that I have an area for each of my venues. Yesterday I spent time on the Alameda section so that packing the van will be easier each month. When the garage looks a little tidier, I'll take some photos and write a post about how I've organized it.
Did you go thrifting this weekend?
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