Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Contest!

Over the weekend my friend, Karen, and I visited a couple of yard sales. They were both pretty big, one for our local Lions Club and one a community tag sale on a large farm field. I bought things at the first but only gave a passing glance at the second sale.

This brought to mind all the things you see at yard / tag sales. I always look for seasonal items, in good shape, glassware, picture frames, linens. This time I found some baskets, a ceramic lamp that I’ll refinish and a book of snowflake patterns. Sometimes  you see something bizarre – like a fur stole with  the critter’s little feet dangling. Really – at our last  church tag sale. Sometimes you find the unbelievable or the brand new making you wonder how the owner could part with it. The cute pumpkin train in the picture was a find one year. 

So, if you’d like to give me a shout this week with a word or two about something you picked up at a yard sale, I’ll enter your name into a drawing for my “autumn box”. I’m famous for these - ask my family in California where there's no autumn to speak of. A word or a sentence will do. Or more if you’re feeling the need. If you’ve  never been to or bought anything at a tag sale – uh – I don’t even know what to say, but you might. So you can enter, too.

What’s in my box? Your choice of one of my books (if you’ve read them all, remember – gift giving season is coming up), chocolate, pumpkin spice tea, and a few other delightful surprises.

Contest winner's name will be drawn from a bag by Sierra, who's four, and announced on Wednesday, September 30. Then I’ll need to contact you for your address.

Good luck!!


PS: I’ll count posts on my Facebook page, too, if you encounter trouble here. 

15 comments:

  1. You're so clever, Sue. Does it count if you bought something from a Bed & Breakfast garage (it was really sort of a shop) near Lake Champlain where we stayed a couple times? It was a delicate little tea cup that was so pretty.

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  2. I don't do garage sales, but once many years ago, I saw a pile of stuff behind a drug store. They must be throwing out unsold stuff (sure, Marion, they'd do that) so and because it was dark outside, I picked up a bag - always in the market for bags. However, when I looked at it in the light, it was some old worn out diaper bag.

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  3. Jennifer Brown BanksSeptember 22, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Good idea for a contest, Sue. I'm definitely a fan of these "treasure hunts." This summer I scored a beautiful, fire-engine red (brand new), hot dog toaster that toasts the buns and dogs right before your eyes in 5 minutes or so. It's so pretty and nostalgic looking!

    At the same sale I also bought a food bath for a friend, also new and in the original packaging.

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  4. Thanks for responding, ladies! Two names into the hat!

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  5. Jennifer Brown BanksSeptember 22, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    OOps, I meant "foot bath." LOL

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    1. Sounds like you really scored, Jen! And I "bath" my food all the time! LOL Thanks for entering.

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  6. Unfortunately...I'm not a yard sale person BUT have a great yard sale story. We were camping at Bash Bish Falls over Memorial Weekend and our neighbors were so excited to have us come over to see their yard sale find. A brand new, never used, LLBean portable kitchen with sink, drawers for holding pantry items, place for a cookstove, and they got it for $25! They usually sell for around $200! We wished we had gone to that yard sale! We became fast friends for the rest of the weekend and they recommended a great campground in Conn. for us to visit. Maybe we need to yard sale more. Christa

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  7. Susan, my life was found in and around and at yard sales. Or even driving around on 'trash' night. My property is surrounded in the pink and I was lucky enough to find a vintage pink tricycle and two vintage pink popcorn carts with the popper missing but I put plants on the top. Each item was $5, a bargain at best!

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  8. Love your stories, Christa and Rita! Into the hat you go. Thank you for entering. Hugs.

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  9. Lovely idea, Susan! One of my best yard sale finds was a large green Coleman cooler for $5. That was years ago, and we still have and use it. Yes, that one goes into my yard sale hall of fame. :)

    Thanks for sharing your adventure with us, and thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Hi, Karen! Thanks for your story and entry. Into the hat.

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  10. Years ago, I bought a recipe book (Mr. Food Grills It All in a Snap) at the neighbors' yard sale and put it on a shelf with all the other recipe books. I completely forgot about it until I saw your post. Now I'm looking through it, and some of those recipes sound pretty good! Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Glad to be of service, Jackie! Into the hat you go.

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  11. Love yard sales but love estate sales even more! I bought a Jonathan Adler ceramic fish recently that I love.

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    1. It's so nice to find a treasure like that, Claire. Into the hat you go!

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