Category Archives: yard sale finds

china, fabric and other senseless collections much loved by the Blarney Crone

My Sister, the Saguaro and Customer Service

The barman had called last orders by the time we checked in but agreed to stay and serve us.  “Glass of wine? You’d better have two each since I’m closing” he said. Our kind of chap. Hearing that we planned … Continue reading

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Day Lilies of Delight

I made a pot of Irish minestrone–no pasta, extra potato.  Over-eating inside the house is now being matched by excess outdoors. The squirrels have discovered how to knock the top off the birdhouse. They now scale the post, and dive … Continue reading

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Tarka the Topcoat

It started when I tried on a mink coat at a yard sale, just to see what it would feel like. Even, perhaps especially, on the inside it felt great. Silk lining and oh so heavy and warm. I didn’t … Continue reading

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Peggotty’s found Jesus!

I ate my toast this morning from a hand-painted Blue Ridge poinsettia plate and was glad  for Christmas. My nails are painted a rather festive forest green but, on the warm-blooded, the polish turns turquoise blue indoors. Thank goodness I … Continue reading

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Other People’s Houses

The one careful owner of Kate and John’s weekend apartment in New Orleans may be a great shopper at swap meets, flea markets and yard sales. Or perhaps she has way more than the average number of nutty relatives who … Continue reading

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Saying no to senseless clutter

There were two McCoy vases for $45 each, a salt box that would have looked good on my kitchen wall, and a transfer ware serving platter that Tom and Mike might have liked. I left them all at the yard … Continue reading

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And Uncle Tom Cobleigh and All

The appearance of cherries is pleasing and I like their slight tendency to sourness. In texture though, for all that they claim to be soft fruits, they are more like a very lean meat. It is their substance that makes cherries … Continue reading

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Why hoarders have it hard

I decided to enter a minimalist phase and take advantage of a local fundraiser that was seeking household goods to auction. The only problem was, I couldn’t really see anything in the house I was prepared to do without. I … Continue reading

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Dumpster Diving–nature or nurture?

Really, were it not for a slight difference in pigmentation, you would swear Hansel was my natural born son. Yesterday we drove to the dump to get rid of two chairs I had been forced to admit I would never … Continue reading

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Troubled Heart? God is here…

Lancaster County may be the right place to be should the world end tonight. First of all, there is a chance that I may get swept up in a rising of the faithful, mixed in with Mennonites, Lutherans and others … Continue reading

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