Fun with Friends.

My friend Kristie, who lives in Fayetteville and has a booth at the same place I had mine, came to Chicago this week with her family. We met up on Saturday to go to the Andersonville Neighborhood Sale, which Kristie was so excited about after reading my raves on my blog. Sadly, Saturday brought a drizzly rain that did not let up until after noon. We drove by Andersonville twice to make sure nothing was stirring and didn’t see any yard sales until after we had eaten lunch, well after noon. At that point, the number of sales was easily half of what it usually is; I guess the majority of people just gave up all together. I was doubly bummed: this is the sale we look forward to all year AND I had three excited out-of-staters who were looking forward to it as much as we were. Fortunately, there were three really great estate sales that we all found goodies at and, despite the thinned-out yard sales, we all managed to find fun things. Kristie and Bailey love the same kind of vintage stuff I do and Beth, Kristie’s youngest daughter, is always on the hunt for baby clothes for people she knows — she’s a baby professional, having worked full time for some time now at a day care; now she’s getting ready to transition to a full-time nanny. All in all, we made a whole day of it, and I haven’t had so much fun in a long time! All three of them are more hilarious than the next and it was so nice to shop with people who share my obsession. Here are some things I hauled home:

The two floral materials at the top are curtain panels. The one on the right is going up on eBay tonight (if I can find the energy) and the one on the left is either going in my fabric stash or on eBay…I haven’t decided yet. In the middle row, the Animal Pictures book is on linen and adorable — found for me by Bailey, and I know it really was a sacrifice for her to hand it off to me because we had just finished talking about how she was looking for vintage kids’ books to use in a decoupage project she’s working on. What a good yard sale friend! The mirror in the middle is about three feet high and destined to be spray painted a funky color. Can you see the polka dots on the glasses in the photo on the right? They were off the shelf and into my hands before I knew what I was doing. The drink carrier in the bottom left picture holds eight Hazel Atlas dogwood glasses and those poodles are cavorting on a sheet of vintage Christmas paper. I found six or eight sheets of different patterns, all cute. Maybe this is the year I stop hoarding vintage Christmas paper and start wrapping my presents in it. WE’LL SEE.

I found this stack of vintage fabrics at one of the estate sales. Some of them seem like feed sack fabrics, but I don’t really know what those are, so maybe they’re just quilting fabrics. I just love them.  I have lofty goals of creating some vintage fabric banners someday and these fabrics would be perfect for that.

Kristie, Bailey, and Beth might be more excited about these babies than Justin and I are. They brought a carload of presents for us.

Kristie found the adorable blanket in its original packaging! Bailey and Kristie found the two lamps on the right at the Village Thrift Store — the little boy is a night light. VERY cute. The pink one was irresistible DESPITE the demonic look on the baby’s face, which we couldn’t stop laughing about.

I’ve been meaning to go through the baby clothes racks at the thrift stores for some time now but once I get there I’m totally overwhelmed by the selection and give up quickly. Beth, however, is a PRO so I took advantage of her presence to settle in and really look for some clothes. She and I went through about four racks — she would find gems after I had already gone through a section, I do not know how she does it — and I ended up with a TON of baby clothes that I’m totally excited about. Check this out.

The first photo is the stack of clothes I brought home form the thrift stores with Beth’s help — I think I spent about $50 and probably brought about sixty pieces home. The second photo is my yard sale finds added to the thrift store pile. The third pile includes the unbelievably adorable clothes Beth found for me in Fayetteville — look at that cute outfit on top! Doesn’t it look vintage? But the cherry on top of the pile…

Look what else they brought from Fayetteville. Have you ever seen something so cute?? I’m telling you, having these three around all the time could really spoil a girl. Sextons, please come to Chicago again soon! I had such a great time hanging out with all of you!

September 12, 2010 - 8:01 pm

Shara The three fabrics you show are floursacks! See on the gray and red one – that line of itty bitty holes??? That’s where the seam was when it was a bag. You could rip out the seam and have a bit of fabric. I’d say about nine of the ones in the stack are feed/floursacks. Love them all! PS. Great gifts from Fayetteville! ;o)

September 12, 2010 - 9:15 pm

Bailey Lara,
We all had so much fun with you and Justin yesterday, but we are EXHAUSTED! I have no idea how you are able to thrift for 10+ hours, post on pretty quirky and list things on ebay. I showed my mom and beth your post and they both loved it and had the same 3 comments- 1. “Oh when did she get the dog paper?” (I think they would have fought you for it)2. “The scary baby doesn’t look as scary from that angle” and 3. “The shoes are the best!” Thanks again for a great Saturday. Hope to see you again soon. We also still haven’t loaded the car, so you might get more treasures tomorrow!

September 12, 2010 - 9:30 pm

Leilani Yay Fayetteville people! There seemed to be a ton of good estate sales this weekend but I had to work both days. 🙁 I did manage to go to one on Friday though– did you get those polka dot glasses at a basement sale in Rogers Park? If so I nearly bought them!

September 13, 2010 - 7:59 am

Lara Jo Yay, Shara! I knew someone out there could confirm whether or not they were floursacks. I didn’t know how to tell. I will go through the whole stack and see if there are any more — if so, I might try and sell those on eBay. Seems like they bring in some cash. Thanks for the tip!

September 13, 2010 - 8:05 am

Lara Jo Leilani, YES, I did get them from the basement sale! You’ll have to tell us what it was like on Friday — when we got there on Saturday, it was still pretty good, and everything was half off. I got those glasses for fifty cents each!

September 13, 2010 - 8:07 am

Lara Jo I’m just glad to hear that you guys are tired too. The only reason I was able to do eBay yesterday is because it involved nothing more strenuous than sitting on the couch! But it was worth the tired feet. I had a blast. Can’t wait for your next visit!!! Thanks also for lunch, our popsicles, all of the goodies you brought with you, all of the goodies you found me while you were here…the list is endless! Hope the trip goes quickly today.

September 15, 2010 - 7:57 pm

janie hightower You have so much stuff!! What will Grandma get to buy?