The joy of other people’s junk


Very pleasing Christmas sign

Very pleasing Christmas sign

Rich pickings at this weekend’s neighborhood yard sales which will infuriate the Contessa, who was here last week when it seemed  the Itchy Ankle peninsula would sink under the combined weight of straw baskets, candle holders, theme flags and other giftware  nobody ever wants, new or old.  It was also one of those weekends where amateurs wreaked havoc with the hopeful–none of the sales were properly signposted, causing hours of frustrating twisting and turning trying to track down retail opportunities at every hole in the hedge. This weekend, all the yardsalers had properly thought about their signage, cleverly cross-promoting from one church event and village community center to the next; and had raided basements, attics and outhouses for some really excellent excess baggage. The Crone invested  in:

12 linen napkins  and 4 cotton, bright orange napkins,  all washed and ironed, for $2.


peg bag and napkins

peg bag and napkins

For 50 cents, a retro peg bag just begging to end life as a cushion.

A retro light up Merry Christmas sign which not only does light up, but also flashes on and off. This was $3, together with a green jug and a book about garden water features. 

A copy of Nigella’s How to Eat for 10 cents, meaning the Crone has one English and one American version and one for both city and country dwelling. Excellent. She spent another 10 cents on a beautifully illustrated copy of Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen. Might as well admit it, the Crone is collecting for grandchildren, although, at this point, she’d definitely rather have the bargains than the babies

2 cups for a garden project she plans, bought from a hunky Frenchman for $2

Who could resist?

Who could resist?


And best of all, two scandinavian blue glass bottles with retro faces on the stoppers for one dollar each. 


Methodist Hostas

Methodist Hostas

It is just as well that the yard sale finds cost less than $11, because the Crone spent a fortune on plants. 9 perennials for the big flowerbed which the Chesapeake boys swear they will come to weed and mulch any day now, and some peppers, rosemary and a giant leaved basil from the Methodist plant sale.

Methodist Basil

Methodist Basil

More excitement when she got home and two nice men from Ethan Allen delivered her new wardrobe, ordered only two weeks ago. It tells you something about the state of the market when a piece of furniture which is meant to take 6 weeks to order, make, ship and deliver arrives within 14 days, but nonetheless the Crone was delighted to see it and shares it here with you. 


About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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2 Responses to The joy of other people’s junk

  1. The Contessa says:

    Whilst envy and jealousy are terribly ageing, and so would never give in to such emotions, I can only hope that the orange napkins don’t run in the wash ruining all the Crone’s clothes; and that the illuminated sign doesn’t flash off and on during the week so running up vast electricity bills. I would hate anything of that nature to be any kind of comeuppance for saving all the best yard sales until I left. Truly, my prayers are with you.

  2. Dave says:

    other peoples junk can be found all over the web either at freebie sites or great yard sale sites like:

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