An attempt at minimalism

Posted by Meghan in Sale Tales | 6 Comments

I took a rare Friday off from work, namely to get ready for our own yard sale planned for the following day.

Ballard sale sign

I saw this sign while out running an errand and thought what the hell. It was in old Ballard and you don’t see sales there very often.

The sale was listed as: AN ATTEMPT AT MINIMALISM. SELLING EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN. Hmmm … that sounds a little like our sale. What am I doing?!? Didn’t I make a commitment to get rid of stuff?

Here is a small list of what the guy was selling:

AMERICAN ANTIQUES ART BACKPACKS BACKPACKING GEAR BASKETS BIRD CAGES BOOKS BOTTLES BUTTONS CAMPING GEAR CASSETTES CERAMICS CLOTHES CRYSTALS CURIOSITIES DECORATIVE ITEMS EPHEMERA FOUND PHOTOS FRUIT BOXES FURNITURE GOOD SHIT HIKING GEAR INSTRUCTIONAL BOOKS IMAGE RESOURCE JARS JEWELRY KIDS CLOTHES LAMPS MAGAZINES MEDICINE BOTTLES NATIVE AMERICAN BLAKETS ORIGINAL ART PLANTS POCKET KNIVES POSTERS POTS PILLOWS QUILTS RECORDS RUGS TAROT DECKS TERRARIUMS TEST TUBES TEXTILES TOYS UMBRELLAS VINTAGE WOVEN TAPESTRIES

The sale was in a very small and cute loft style apartment and it was packed with stuff. He planned to have it for three more days and another weekend, since he has a storage space filled also.

He seemed to think it was a little odd that I wanted to take a couple of photos, but then he offered me a tall can of beer. Um, no thanks. Not before 10:30 AM. What I really wanted to take a photo of was this silly button. What?

Plus

I couldn’t tell if he was a picker or just a junker, but he had tons of Indian blankets, backpacks and bags.

Hallway of bags

And these amazing (not for sale) paintings.

Paintings of ladies

Hot mama painting

Pretty cool little sale.

6 Responses to An attempt at minimalism

  1. rae says:

    that looks like a great sale! Did you buy the button? I LOVE it.

  2. DUDE. I’ve waited my whole life for a sale like this. It’s the holy grail of thrift.

  3. meghan says:

    It wasn’t cheap, not that it was crazy, but it wasn’t yard sale prices either…

  4. Wow, those were some amazing paintings. I am assuming they were real and not prints? Were you able to pick any of the pictures up? I saw the top ones were not for sale. Was the bottom one? Who is the artist?

  5. LS says:

    I only tried to take pictures at yard sales once, myself. I got a lot of strange looks, a few rude responses, and was accused of attempted theft for some reason.

    Since then I’ve stuck to taking photos once I get home.

  6. meghan says:

    There are times that taking photos can be a little odd. I will admit.