Dental tools, tiny hot dogs, and so much more

Posted by Jenny in Junk In My Trunk, Sale Tales | 11 Comments

Last weekend started off with an unusual event: Meghan’s husband Dan came to sales with us! Readers of this blog probably know of him mainly from Meghan’s frequent comments about how she will end up divorced if she brings various things into the house (usually of the dishware variety). He usually works on Saturdays, but had the day off and decided to join us. After a quick stop for cash, we headed to a couple of nearby sales.

Jumble of stuff

This sale had a lot of stuff. Meghan bought some jewelry and I thought I was going to leave empty-handed until I spotted their CDs — I picked up a pretty odd combo, Brian Wilson’s Smile and The Jingle Cats. I also laughed a lot about this framed print, which was now being sold for $2.

The Bitterness of Poor Quality

Somewhat in keeping with that theme, our next sale had been advertised as “High Quality Garage Sale.” They definitely had a quality view.

High-End G-Sale

Both Dan and I took a quick spin through the stuff and headed back to the car grumbling about how they possibly had an unrealistic idea about what “high quality” actually means. Meanwhile, Meghan was finding stuff left and right. She bought two designer bracelets and some throw pillows and I think a few more items? All I know is that she used up just about all of her cash (and was pretty happy about it).

Now that we had hit the nearby sales it was time to venture a little further, off to a sale whose ad said something about having been renting a friend’s garage but now had to leave, for reasons about which we could only speculate. It mentioned vintage items and sounded pretty wacky. When we pulled up, Dan was excited since he had seen this large freestanding garage and always wondered what was in there. Well, today was our chance to find out.

Approaching the garage

We all loved the garage sale flag, but it wasn’t for sale (though she said you can get them “on the internet.” Who knew?)

Flag of our people

This sale looked wacky, right off the bat.

Outside the garage

And inside was just nuts. The first thing I spotted: a stack of saddles!

Saddles and M-&-M

And then this crazy frog-on-frog vase. They look worried.

Frog on frog

I may have had a similar look on my face as I tiptoed through the garage, trying not to knock anything over or bump into people making their way through the narrow pathways.

Inside the garage

I will admit that I would have been tempted to buy this sign for a Truckload Sale of tame parakeets except that the edge was torn up and sort of crusty …

Truckload Sale Tame Parakeets

We were also somewhat taken with this ice skater painting.

Ice skater painting

But this faceless stuffed animal freaked me right out.

Faceless animal

Dan pointed out these bags of hot dogs.

Bags of hot dogs

I had to tell him that this is the second time we have seen bags of tiny plastic hotdogs at a yard sale — I’m pretty sure (but not entirely positive!) they were not the same exact bags. (I’m not sure if it would be less or more weird if they were.)

And speaking of bags — check out this stash of vintage plastic baggies!

Baggies of yesteryear

I know someone out there is upset that we did not buy these. (Um, sorry?) We also didn’t buy any of these unused paper slips for “Easter Gift Surprises” packaging — this is only a fraction of what was there.

Easter Gift Surprises

Then we found a box full of dental tools.

Dental tools

At this point we were all wondering what the hell was going on at this sale. It didn’t feel fully hoarder-ish or exactly vintage-reseller-ish, but maybe somewhere in between? Someone who stockpiled things that might be (and sometimes were) valuable but never got around to selling them until now? I honestly have no idea.

Shelves o' plenty

Meghan purchased some of the dental tools for a friend along with a couple of other items. Dan was stoked to find a nice vintage barometer. He was giving us weather reports from the backseat for the rest of the day.

Our next stop was right where a friend of ours lived — I wasn’t positive if it was her address or just nearby. Turned out it was her house. Her boyfriend was just moving in and getting rid of a ton of his stuff.

Having a good time

There were a ton of cookbooks and I started to look through them, when the guy we refer to as “book guy” said that was his stack. Unlike “Furniture Guy” and “Annoying Jewelry Guy”, we like Book Guy, so this was fine, even though it was sad to miss out. (Later, he mentioned that if there was something we really wanted he would probably hand it over. See? He’s nice.)

Meghan found a few books from what was left, and picked up a Fiestaware pitcher. Dan made some remarks about how she had four or five at home already. Then he found a sword … and decided he needed to purchase this to use in a friend’s upcoming photo shoot. Meghan was less than thrilled and they proceeded to make irritated remarks at each other about these purchases for the rest of the sale. At this point I noticed a few copies of a magazine called Meatpaper — “the journal of meat culture” and decided those needed to be purchased. Those were not the only meat-related item at this ale.

Home Sausage Kit

I made a joke to Dan about how home sausage-making could be his new hobby, then instantly thought about how bad Meghan would want to kick my ass if this actually happened. Thankfully he didn’t take the bait.

We were coming up on quitting time, but decided to make a couple more stops. The first one was a total drive-by, but then we followed some signs to an indoor sale with this sign out front.

No Furniture For Sale

It turned out Meghan knew the people having the sale. It also turned out that someone was heavily into New Kids On The Block in their formative years.

Full House & New Kids

I did not buy any of that stuff, but I did pick up a ’60s pamphlet called “Easy to Make Maidens and Cocktails” with sort of creepy illustrations, an old issue of Dirty Found (the all-smutty version of Found Magazine), and some vintage kid-sized cat-eye glasses — I was pretty happy with my purchases.

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11 Responses to Dental tools, tiny hot dogs, and so much more

  1. What fun! I’m still laughing about the “Journal of Meat Culture” – I hope you post highlights from that soon!

  2. rae says:

    oh man, i want to dig through that garage! i would have bought the easter papers, AND that parakeet sign! how cute.

  3. silver says:

    Thank you for the adventure! Slightly unsettled by the amiguity of “man-size sandwich bags” though….

    We had a town-wide Garage Sale nearby last weekend. My husband stayed in the car and degenerated rapidly into Mr Hyde long before the end 🙁

  4. Melissa says:

    The dental tools are often used by polymer clay artists and sculptors.

    And did you not recognize the iconic image of Peggy Fleming in her neon green dress and gigantic hairdo that nearly overbalanced her into a pratfall? Oh you youngsters.

  5. John Boe says:

    Did I miss it or is there no explanation of the old time musicians foto?

  6. Oh yep, I’m that weird person who is freaking out because I can’t have that plethora of sandwich bags and the Easter packaging. And well, that amazing parakeets sign. There’s one in every bunch and that’s me! : ) Though, an excess of dental picks makes my head hurt.

  7. Erin says:

    I would have had to have the hot dogs, or what look like Weiner whistles …great give away for Halloween 🙂

  8. SixBalloons says:

    Isn’t it weird to see wine at a garage sale?

    I love the dangling California Raisin.

  9. Bev Steeves says:

    oh my god! this is my first visit to your blog and i’m hooked. i practically came undone over the parakeet sign. you have amazing self-control. can’t wait for what’s next.
    i found you and your blog through She Writes. i would be delighted if you would check out my blog
    http://www.blackinkpaperie.blogspot.com
    thanks
    new followere bev

  10. I never knew they had a “dirty” version of Found, now I’ll have to keep my eye out. I know a girl who is very heavily into the New Kids right now – she’s been on two NKOTB cruises this year, followed them on tour, paid $800 to see them… they know her by name… I buy her some stuff from the thrifts when I don’t keep it for myself.

    I haven’t been to a yard sale in forever until yesterday – can’t wait to hit some more.

    – Sir Thrift-A-Lot
    http://sirthriftalot.blogspot.com/

  11. Jenny says:

    Re: old time musicians photo – I have no idea. Meghan took the picture of it and I barely even remembered seeing it there! (Now that I’m looking at it again, it’s really kinda cool …)

    The parakeet sign was really gross on the edge … but I suppose it could have been trimmed down, or something … maybe.