Neosho Citywide Garage Sales!

I know I just took a major junking trip last weekend to Round Top, but 1.I didn’t get much for the booth and 2.this past weekend was my birthday, so I deserved another one, right? My husband, who is amazing, certainly felt that I did, so he joined me in waking up at 4:45 am on Friday, April 5th to drive a little over an hour to Neosho, where many of the city residents participate in a city-wide garage sale. The list I pulled from the Chamber of Commerce website the night before had over 300 addresses on it. And I know absolutely nothing about Neosho’s geography. When I yard sale, I’m not looking for the nicest houses or the most expensive subdivision. I’m looking for the older neighborhoods, or the funky houses where it’s obvious someone creative lives. THOSE are the houses that have the great old junk. But since I didn’t know anything at all about the different flavors of the neighborhoods in Neosho, I decided to profile them. I pulled up EVERY SINGLE ADDRESS in Google Maps and looked at the street view. Yes, I am insane. But I didn’t want to waste time by going to any sales that didn’t have anything I was interested in! As it turns out, though, nobody’s neighborhood looks good on Google Maps. Apparently, all of those pictures were taken in the dead of winter on the gloomiest day of the year. But I was able to separate the newer neighborhoods, which would take low priority, over the older neighborhoods, which I wanted to hit first.

I was surprised at how pretty Neosho was after looking at the awful Google Maps photos — it’s very hilly with some really beautiful, huge, old houses and a kind of charming little downtown square. It was a beautiful day — started out chilly (32 degrees when we set off at 5:30 a.m.) but by 10 or 11, it had warmed up to mid-60s. The first few sales we hit were a little disappointing, but by our second or third sale, I had decided it was worth the hour drive. Take a look at some of my finds.

I got the basket, the yellow bookshelf, and the blue picket fence at the same place. The two shelves were TOTAL bargains, but the basket was $10, which is a little more than I wanted to pay, but the other two items were so low I figured it would all even out. I’m pretty sure that’s a bassinet basket, right? The size and the pink trim make me think that. I’m going to use it to display pillows in the booth.The little hobnail vase and the Pyrex refrigerator dish came from the same sale, and the little head vase came from the Salvation Army. It’s not old, but it was only $1 and really pretty so I thought what the heck.

HUGE mirror. I’m going to paint it. The mirror is just taped in, so I might turn this into a chalkboard, which I’ve been wanting to do. There are a ton of DIY instructions on the internet about how to do the cool chalkboard lettering on a board, and I can’t help but think about how cool that would look hanging in the booth.

The 1940s light fixture globes and the vintage school chair both came from a church rummage sale. They didn’t have a whole lot but I thought these three things were awesome and their prices could not be beat.

I probably shouldn’t have bought these — a very incomplete spice set with a salt but no pepper — but they were so darn cute. And pink!

Would you have purchased this teddy bear made out of vintage quilts?

What about his three brothers and sisters? I have no idea if these would sell or not but they were SO CUTE. And the guy selling them came down 50% on his price when I asked about buying all four. This is something Sue at Vintage Rescue Squad is always touting, but to be honest, I’m not always sure that what I’m buying is going to sell well enough to buy a bajillion of them. I figured if the teddy bears didn’t sell, they would at least look cute in the kids’ room.

And my all-time favorite buy:

A never-used set of stainless flatware with pastel handles! 32 pieces — 8 forks, 8 spoons, 8 teaspoons, and 8 knives. I have no idea how to price these. I think I might put them on ebay, although I kind of want to put them in the booth just because they’re cool. The problem is I probably can’t get as much for them in the booth as I can if I put them on eBay. Case in point: I’ve had this super-fluffy vintage petticoat for years and haven’t gotten around to putting it online. Finally got it up yesterday and it sold in less than an hour for $50.

I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been able to mark it that high if I had put it in the booth.

After a few hours, we headed up to Joplin to hit a few thrift stores and have lunch. We had delicious BBQ at Big R’s in Joplin, but the pie, which is supposedly their specialty, was a disappointment. Still. worth it for the BBQ.

I spent $55.50 on everything in the photos above; the basket and the bears together were $30 of that, so I think I did pretty well! I’ve got to get everything cleaned up and priced, because I’m headed to the booth Thursday evening for a work night. I’m planning a spring cleaning — out with the old, in with the new!




April 9, 2013 - 1:10 pm

Shara Neosho is the “Flowerbox City”. Did you notice any flower boxes? 🙂 I adore that basket. I am a basket freak though. I think it is a market basket though. Most bassinets are round-ish, I think. I thought you were saying Sue of VRS would buy quilted teddy bears. But, then I realized she meant BUY THEM ALL when you see something good. I can’t imagine a quilted teddy bear in her booth – but they will be sweet in yours!

April 9, 2013 - 11:04 pm

Jennalee I grew up in Neosho! I remember going to the city wide garage sale! I lost a tooth eating a candy apple sitting on the curb in the square! You found some great treasures!

April 9, 2013 - 11:25 pm

Lara Jo Jennalee, I would have loved to have grown up in a town that had a yearly citywide yard sale! (Although I’m sorry to hear about your tooth — hopefully it was a baby tooth!) I was thinking how it would be great if Fayetteville started something like this. I really did like your hometown. Weird that it’s so hilly, then we went to Joplin and it seemed so flat. But maybe we just missed all the hilly parts of Joplin. Thanks for reading the blog and taking the time to comment.

April 9, 2013 - 11:27 pm

Lara Jo I did NOT know about the flowerboxes and now I want to go back to see. Although, we did go to a few yard sales on Flowerbox Lane. You’re right about the shape of the basket — when I looked up vintage bassinet baskets they didn’t look like this one.

April 11, 2013 - 9:55 pm

laurie magpie ethel First. I can’t believe you entered all the addresses in google maps to assess the houses!
Second. The silverware would have made that drive worth it for me..awesome. I have a huge collection of patterned silverware and it would gone right in with the rest.