Hang in there, baby

Posted by Jenny in Junk In My Trunk, Sale Tales | 6 Comments

Going to sales on Labor Day weekend — is it ever great? Judging from the last three years I would have to say no. But going to yard sales is like playing slots: you never know when your very next try is gonna get you that big win. So off we went … with skies looking suspiciously greyer every minute.

We made a few stops close to home, then decided to check out an estate sale that had possibilities. We got there about 9:10 and there were about ten people waiting outside. I thought there must’ve been a bunch of people waiting earlier if they couldn’t let everyone in at once, but then it turned out that they weren’t opening up until 10! With so many other sales nearby I failed to see the logic of waiting that long in the cold for this one (which sounded okay, but not amazing) so we went to an estate sale nearby which was already up and running. I was a little baffled by the way they chose to hang their sign.

How not to hang your sign

At least it was a bright color, but it didn’t look any better from the front …

Front view

Another interesting set-up choice: placing (or leaving?) this one item outside with a “for sale” sign (but no price).

Owl for sale

This sale was pretty much a dud, so we headed off to get coffee, but found a surprise estate sale along the way. It was the kind of sale that was wacky enough that you kept thinking there had to be SOMETHING great there. I mean, with a toilet paper cozy like this, they had to be insane, right?

Happy toilet paper cozy

They had also managed to hold on to this box of Calgon for oh … seventy years or so.

Calgon, take me ... way back

Meghan found a few patterns and someone mentioned there had been tons of old patterns back at the estate sale with the line … so we put off coffee that much longer and headed back up there. It was only about 10:15 so we figured we might as well check it out. The patterns turned out to be a bust (boring and not that old) but they did have some fascinating items here and there.

You'll like North Dakota

I left empty-handed and perused the junk in the garage while waiting for Karl and Meghan to come out.

Junk in the garage

Soon enough, Meghan emerged. She’d picked up a couple things, including this mindblowing 1972 “Hang In There, Baby” poster.

Hang In There, Baby

Karl was fascinated by this “Gypsy Music” LP he’d dug out of a pile … mainly based on the song titles.

Gypsy music

By this time it was fully raining, and after finally getting coffee we forged on ahead. Our next stop was listed as “vintage yard sale” which is always enticing, even though you know it probably also means “overpriced.” With this one I didn’t ever find out if it was overpriced or not, because everything was just sitting out getting wet. Who is going to want to buy 8-track tapes that have been soaking in the rain?

8-tracks in the rain

I couldn’t understand why they weren’t making an effort to keep things dry. They did have a couple of covered areas and it seemed like they would have moved things under them … especially books and things that really shouldn’t get wet. Although with some items, wet or dry wouldn’t really impact their desirability.

Half of dog

Next, we tried to hit a yard sale whose address was at a taco truck (!), but when we drove by there was no sale in sight. (Perhaps they came to their senses and waited for a drier day.) At that point we came to our senses and decided to just give up and get breakfast instead. So the haul was small … but at least there were a few nice (or at least strange) finds.

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6 Responses to Hang in there, baby

  1. Marie says:

    That Dakota poster is a little scary. I love the hunt, so I would go no matter how weird.
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  2. I ventured out…discovered many “treasures” from other dealers who were “cleaning out”….It must have been their ebay left overs. I fell for it….and will be lucky to get my money back this week on ebay!

  3. Into Vintage says:

    I saw one of those half-a-dog things at a yard sale here recently — it came with some unenticing sound effects too. It did not come home with me although I toyed with passing it off to someone at Christmas. Luckily there were some awesome sales here Labor Day weekend but I’m sad knowing it’s all going to end soon when the weather turns to crap.

  4. Karen in Tacoma says:

    LOL – I think the way the fluorescent green estate sale sign is displayed takes the cake. I think signs are so important to a yard sale, and sadly some people put little to no thought into them.

  5. Lorie says:

    May I please purchase the Hang in there baby poster! I’ve looking for it everywhere. I figured I’d take a chance and ask.

    Thanks for you consideration,

    Lorie 🙂

  6. Nicole says:

    I would also like to buy Hang in there, Baby poster!