Dolls, dogs, and drawings

Posted by Meghan in Junk In My Trunk, Sale Tales | 9 Comments

Jenny had warned me that she wouldn’t be doing sales this weekend. She also had sent me an email earlier in the week letting me know about the Broadview Community Garage Sale. My friend (and previous guest star) Tokyo Rose wanted to come along, since she just purchased her first home and needs to start filling it. She even made a list and brought along my copy of the Apartment Therapy book. I made a list of sales, but I didn’t get too crazy, since I was thinking about the amazing Broadview sale.

First, we hit yet another creepy doll sale, with hundreds of dolls.

Doll sale

I didn’t look around too closely, although this Baby Skates one did catch my eye.


This was connected to a sale that Jenny and I had hit last year, but they managed to get their two neighbors to join in this time.

Big yard sale

We didn’t go to tons of sales on the way to Broadview. When we got there we didn’t see any signs and it took two sales to even get a map. When I looked at the map, it had just 20 sales on it. And 4 of them were on Sunday. WTF? A “community” sale with only 16 sales? What a waste.

We then hit a sale at Salty Dog Pottery. I was sort of excited, since I drive by this building all the time.

Yard sale at Salty Dog Pottery

It might have been good earlier, but by the time we got there it was mostly just nice pottery and oddly, two tables of ’70s Avon perfume bottles.

We drove by this really large and odd community bulletin board on a side street.

Cute, or creepy?

The next sale had mostly dog figurines. A lot of them.

Pooches for sale

Of course, this was nothing compared to the World’s Largest Collectible Dog Museum I visited in Waco, Texas last year.

Driving on, we spotted one of the more interesting sale signs that I’ve seen.

Artistic yard sale sign

When we got to the sale, Tokyo found a really great 50s formica table for her new place and I picked up a wonderful 50s men’s jacket. And while we were there, the guy that painted the sign … painted us. His name is Sam Day and he paints people at weddings.


O.K., neither of us really look quite like this, but it was something that hasn’t ever happened to me before at a sale.

I took a trunk photo and really this might be one of the worst trunk photos ever.

Junk In My Trunk 8-16-08

Since it’s so bad, I pulled out one thing to show you that I picked up for a whopping $13.

Deco tea/coffee/creamer set

It’s a Gallia Deco tea, coffee and creamer set. I can’t seem to find much information about them, but I think you can tell how amazing they are. This is the cleaned up version — it was pretty nasty when I picked them up. I used some serious elbow grease to get them to look like this!

9 Responses to Dolls, dogs, and drawings

  1. Sara says:

    Baby Skates looks so familiar! I know I never had one, but I was a child of the 80s so I bet one of my friends did. Very funny. Love the dogs, too!

  2. sharie says:

    All those dolls reminded me of my local charity shop when I went in the other day. They had boxes and boxes of china dolls at 50p each- rather spooky looking at a mountain of bodies piled up on top of each other. When I went back in the following day they had all gone.

    Nice silver ware. Don’t forget if you keep it you will need to keep cleaing it!

  3. Barbara says:

    OMG! Search google: gallia silverplate christofle tea set and click on the first result. A tea set which isn’t half as nice as yours is selling for 495 ponds! You got an absolutely INCREDIBLE bargain!

  4. Barbara says:

    Ooops I should have said search

    “Christofle Gallia Luc Lanel silver plated tea set”

  5. Mimi says:


    I’ve never had a caricature done of me. Even for free.

    That pot set looks like an awesome find. I only found a couple links, but you SCORED on that one.

    And what can I say, I love your piddlin’ little trunk picture. I made me laugh like a monkey. A good way to start the day. 🙂

  6. Another great day! Thanks for sharing. I absolutely love the tea set.

  7. Meghan says:

    I have peaked around a little about the gallia set. Pretty crazy find. Thanks for the information Barbara.

  8. Okay, you win with the caricaturist, that has to be a first. I did talk to a woman at a sale recently who takes pictures of tree spirits though.

    Great finds! Glad you left the dolls there. They are pretty creepy!