Spring is here (although it is a little difficult to tell, because it appears to be snowing outside at the moment.) And with spring comes the most eco-and-budget-friendly form of shopping known to woman: garage sale-ing! Here is my wish list for garage sale-ing, thrifting and antiquing this summer:
A good frying pan (however, my thrifted cast iron skillet is so well-seasoned that it’s basically like a teflon pan at this point, so it’s done quiet nicely.)
Glass mason jars (especially the real antique ones with glass lids)
A popcorn popper
Stuff for around the house
Wicker baskets – big ones for laundry or blankets and smaller ones for tea towels, magazines, etc.
Small outdoor table
Glass cabinet – something interesting and unique, to show off treasures
Card catalogue and/or apothecary chests and/or wooden filing cabinet(s)
Vintage trunk to hold extra blankets or games
A miniature cabinet in which I could build a mini-wunderkammer
Cute lamps for the bedroom
Weird and decorative stuff
Vintage orinthology and botanical prints & illustrations – found either loose, in books, or already framed
Vintage test tubes, apothecary bottles
Always on the look-out for:
Craft, card making and gift wrapping supplies
(I know, it’s kind of an odd mix, isn’t it? This summer I have fewer practical items on my list and more items that will help me decorate my apartment to suit my eclectic and vintage tastes.)
What I’ve already purchased
Just two weeks into garage sale season and I’ve already picked up a few items. For example, I got two wooden folding chairs, that are perfect for the balcony:
The chairs are in great shape, and I paid $2 each for them.
Today I picked up a number of items from a church basement garage sale. The prices were by donation, but I try to give a fair price when it’s by donation. It is a fundraiser, after all. Today I found:
A tray-shaped wicker basket to hold linens or dishtowels
A large glass corona jar with a glass lid (these antiques ones are the best – environmentally sustainable, because even the lids are resuable and will last forever). Good for storing coffee beans or homemade granola, which incidentally, I think would make a great Mother’s Day gift.
Iron rests (alternatives to hot pads) – one large one and two small ones. All antiques and all very cute.
A cute vintage recipe tin (will either use this myself or will fill it with recipe cards and give as a gift)
Vintage beer glass along with a package of bar coasters, which I think have a certain charm. I love that the print on the Molson glass is in perfect condition. I will have to decide whether these will go towards a gift for my Dad (he enjoys interesting and vintage beer glasses) or whether I’ll keep them for myself. Finding these treasures always carries this dilemma (it would make a great gift for someone, but, ummm…)
Vintage gift wrap (perfect for a man’s gift)
The other thing I bought last week was a brand-new Ikea wok, still in its plastic covering. Unfortunately, once I took it home I realized that it had somehow been exposed to grease (perhaps auto grease from a garage?) which had leaked into the gaps in the plastic. I could not get the grease off no matter how hard I tried. Just when I thought it was clean I’d rub it with some paper towel and some oil, and black gunk would appear. Needless to say, the wok was toast. This is a good lesson, to carefully check out your purchases before you bring them home. However, even with a few dud purchases, you’ll almost always finish ahead by shopping at garage sales and shopping thrift.
Here are a few of my favourite garage sale steals:
What’s on your list this summer?