Yard Saling with the Twins.

Friday was Justin’s birthday. Justin grew up with a tradition in his family called “Birthday Weekend,” where, if it’s your birthday, you call the shots for two whole days. This tradition is Awesome McAwesomeness when it’s my birthday; really, it’s just my favorite thing in the world. For the other 364 days of the year, I hate it. It pains me to admit it, but I am, inherently, a selfish person. This was Justin’s 40th birthday, though, and, aside from cooking him up a mess of carbalicious food, I had done nothing special to mark the day…so I resolved to stick to the tenets of Birthday Weekend lo as they are written in the charter. This could have meant giving up yard sales for Saturday. It COULD HAVE meant that. But it didn’t, of course, so that left only one choice…to take the twins with me. Now, the twins have been to yard sales with me before, but there was a difference that time — my trusty sidekick Shannon was with me, so I had an extra set of hands should I need to dart off into the darkness of a garage to investigate an intriguing find. Not this time. I would be on my own. I was careful to plot out only neighborhood or block sales — no estate sales for me, with a double-wide stroller — and, luckily, there were several to choose from. It went pretty well, I must say. It was a hassle, getting them in and out of the car repeatedly (Jack, specifically, hates being strapped into his car seat) and there was quite a bit of that, despite my care in mapping out the sales that would require the least amount of transitions possible. But they enjoyed being outside, loved watching people, and did quite a bit of shopping from their strollers (Emme, in particular, picked up a dangerous habit of pointing insistently at an object while yelling unintelligible phrases and blowing raspberries, her most imperious of commands).

These babies may just turn out to be yard sale babies after all.

Now, onto my finds…

Not vintage, but still, my favorite purchase of the day, even though I’m pretty sure there’s supposed to be a third one engraved “Hope.” Being the pessimistic sort, though, I figured if one of them had to be missing, it was appropriate that it was that one. These were on a rack that was marked “$5 for Rings;” it was before I had gone to the cash machine for the morning, and I had exactly $10 with me and an armful of other stuff. I was staring at them, trying to figure out if I wanted to put the other stuff back, ask them to hold the rings while I ran to the cash machine (such a pain) or try to get them both for $5 when the lady said, “Those would be fifty cents each.” Okay! Super! I’ll take them! They are a perfect fit. I just adore them. At the same sale, I got…

…two completely random items. The little milk jug is for when I need to give someone a little bouquet of flowers — I’m always looking for cute little containers for that. The horse I picture in one of the kids’ rooms, on a bookshelf. It’s so nice and heavy — the woman I bought it from said it was a Barbie horse but I’m not sure about that. I checked the Internet and it doesn’t look like any Barbie horses I can find photos of.

This necklace came from the same sale. I cannot resist the multi-strand vintage necklaces. They look so pretty on my busts!

Okay, here’s the thing: sure, I’ve got a lot of milk glass cake plates. I mean, I’m totally taken care of on those days when I make seven cakes.

But what about that day when I need to make EIGHT cakes? Huh? What am I supposed to do then?

Yeah, I took care of that. Truthfully, my inner regulator had forbidden me from buying anymore cake plates but this one was $3! In perfect condition, and GIGANTIC. I don’t have one this size, so that’s going to be my rationalization.

These I actually got last weekend, and there were originally three of them, but because Eagle-Eye Shannon saw them first she got her first pick. I love the scalloped frames.

This kimono was an impulse buy. I initially bought it to re-sell but now I’m wondering if it’s worth even listing it. It’s silk, seems to be handmade, and is a lovely color, but I think it’s supposed to have some sash and whoever made it didn’t do a great job of making the most of the lovely fabric pattern. Anyone know what I should look for in order to determine whether it’s worth listing? There are no tags…

I got a bunch of kids’ stuff too, which you can check out on the other blog if you’re so inclined. The verdict on taking the kids with? Maybe every now and then. But for now, it will not be an every weekend thing. They were fascinated, though, as I was taking the photos of stuff on the back porch. I turned around to see this adorable, pizza-ridden face (where is his mother???) pressed against the screen:

ARGH, the cuteness, it is killing me!

Linking up to the awesome Apron Thrift Girl’s Thrift Share Monday as well as the amazing Flea Market Finds on Her Library Adventures. 

June 25, 2012 - 6:26 pm

Into Vintage Aren’t Barbie’s horses required to be pink or blond?

Also, and this is strictly to help out a fellow junker who is clearly in desperate need of help … please feel free to send one or all of those milk glass cake plates to me. I will look after them and love them like they’re my very own.

June 25, 2012 - 7:53 pm

Lara Jo HA! Aren’t we junkers a generous lot? Thank you ever so much for offering to foster some of my cake plates. My husband says “yes yes yes” while my heart says “no no no.”

Most of Barbie’s horses I found on the Internet have lifelike manes — blond and silky, just like their owner’s! So I don’t think this is a Barbie horse.

June 25, 2012 - 9:35 pm

gina I had a huge collection of these horses as a girl. They’re breyer horses and the one you brought home is the clydesdale foal (circa late 70-early 80). My barbies did occasionally ride the breyers, but belinda I think was the name of the true breyer doll!
You did good twins in tow! 🙂

June 26, 2012 - 12:43 am

Katie Pretty sure Barbie horses had “flowing” hair… or were pink… or both 🙂

Oh my, the cake stands. My heart skipped a beat. The one you gave me for my wedding is my prized kitchen item (just after my red KitchenAid mixer.) I have lost count of how many cakes have been presented on that cake stand. Love love love. Now I must do some vintage cake stand shopping. Erik will be thrilled.

June 26, 2012 - 10:00 pm

Lara Jo OMG this is why I love the Internet so much — thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me know. For some reason, I always want the details of everything I buy and I hate it when something is a mystery! It’s such a cute horse — I can see why you collected them. Hopefully my kids will go through a horse phase as well and I’ll be all set.

I appreciate the info — and thanks so much for visiting the site!

June 28, 2012 - 7:27 pm

Jean in NH The kimono looks fine but needs an obie (sp?).

July 9, 2012 - 2:28 pm

Lara Jo AHA — you’re right, that’s the word I couldn’t think of. Obi, I think, without the E. Thanks for reminding me and thanks for reading!!