Springtime sales with Styx, Phish, and the Dukes of Hazzard

Posted by Meghan in Grab Bag | 10 Comments

It’s true, all three of us met for sales this last Saturday and it was one of the first really nice weather breaks we have had. Meeting at my house at 8:30 Jenny and Karl started to talk about some sale that our saling comrade Pat had told Karl to hit. Sadly, I wasn’t able to 100% follow the conversation, since I was trying to clean up the entire 12 oz. glass of water that I had just spilt on my couch. Ehg.

Digging through the records

The sale turned out to be pretty good, with 4 boxes of pretty decent LP’s on the front porch. The seller did have some really good records, but as most of her prices had been just a buck or two lower than what you would find at a used record store, both Karl and I knew we wouldn’t be buying too much. Oddly enough, even though she was selling some great records, she was playing STYX — something that I couldn’t really not comment on. Meanwhile, there was this Record Nerdlinger (look I know my people!) who was trying to sort of be in all the boxes at once, or taking up as much space as he could, so Karl and I sort of surrounded him. Karl was sort of wrestling one of the boxes away from the nerdlinger guy, then all of a sudden both Karl and I started to serenade him with the chorus of the Styx song. I think it was then that he realized he was out of his league and mumbled off to other parts of the sale.

Inside the house she had some great stuff, but much of it had been sold already. We did see Pat and I picked up a really cool wood and metal milk crate from 1958. Jenny picked up office supplies — exciting, right? Then above the stairs we saw this amazing Dukes of Hazzard bean art.

Dukes of Hazzard Pasta/Bean Art

Now, it wasn’t for sale, so you don’t need to comment about how much it was or why we didn’t buy it or what we paid for it … that just proves that you don’t read. The seller told us that it was created by amazing mosaic portrait artist Jason Mecier.

We also found this! Yeah, it’s a foot bottle. Um, yeah. No comment.

A hoof

The next sale was a sort of moving-vintage-digger sale.

Table o' vintage crapola

Nothing was as amazing as you thought it would be when you broke into a new bag, but she had tons of stuff to look at and I think we all picked up a couple of things.

Piles of clothes

More piles

Jenny was sort of intrigued by this homemade sock-monkey-with-cigarette thing.

Smoking sock monkey

And both of us seemed fascinated by this note folder thing, since we both remember it from the late 70s or early 80s. Why a 9 year old would want that is sort of ridiculous if you think about or look at it for too long.

Paper Moon lips

The next was one that we had hit a year or so back (where we saw one of the most horrifying movie-prop creatures ever) and the guy was an artist or an art collector. The second we pulled up we knew it was the same guy. He was nice enough, but in the end he had a personality tic that I really don’t like: The One Upper. Meaning he has to one-up every single thing anyone has to say about anything. Starting when I noticed a poster and said it was cool: “Oh, that’s by Art Chantry and blah, blah, blah.” I tuned out, just saying “Yeah, Art is a nice guy” (implying that maybe I know him).

The entire sale was like that. If you said you like one fanzine out of the 50+ he had, he launched into some story about something. Jenny was accumulating a small stack of items, but I sort of just wanted to get the fuck out of there. Although he did have this bizarre kids book that I was sort of into.

Tongue Trippers

The next sale turned out to be newer deadheads who I guess follow Phish!

Hippie sale

I know this subculture, but it’s not my subculture, so I don’t really “get” making horrible jean pocket purses for sale.

Jeans pocket purse

We did hear a very long conversation about the upcoming 3 day Phish concert that the folks doing the sale planned to attend. GET ME OUT OF HERE!

We headed to another sale and saw this sign on the way.

Janky estate sale sign

It looked janky, but why not? Turned out to be a perma-sale with crazy prices.

Perma-estate sale

Run. What has our day turned into, it’s not even noon and the sales have started to suck.

Our last sale (as Karl moaned about needing a unicorn chaser) was pretty good. I mean he had pretty cool stuff, like this old record player.

Old record player

I purchased this vintage picnic set from the 20s.

Picnic set

After this it was time to call it a day!

Junk In My Trunk 3-30-13

10 Responses to Springtime sales with Styx, Phish, and the Dukes of Hazzard

  1. rae says:

    oh man that bean portrait! i’ve never seen something so beautiful. i would love to get one made of my family!

  2. nancyworegreenstockings says:

    That picnic basket is so very, very awesome.

  3. meghan says:

    Nancy,
    Yes, but musty. I have been trying to air it out. My husband is less than pleased.
    Meghan

  4. kippy says:

    I went to that last sale too and the picnic box looked really complete. Kaboom spray cleaner might help lessen the musty smell.

  5. Monyca says:

    I really like that paisley table cloth in photos 4th, 5th & 6th photo. I missed out! I need to start Sailing Seattle!

  6. Liz says:

    I go to this event every year in San Diego called Tiki Oasis. Last year at a room party (we all go into a hotel room and drink booze and act like fools) my friend and his friends brought the EXACT (well close too) hoof bottle you posted.

    We then all dared each other to “DRINK FROM THE HOOF! HOOF! HOOF! HOOF!”

    No lie…whatever you pour in the hoof tastes like shit when you drink it.

    You were smart to pass it up! 😉

  7. meghan says:

    Gadzooks Liz! That sounds bad. I want my hooch to taste good!!! Keep up the good work on your blog, I pop over there pretty regularly.

  8. Those last two items are killer! Hopefully providing sufficient consolation for not being able to buy the Dukes of Hazzard piece (man, that really is ART!). I think the Record Nerdlinger has a cousin here in Australia. Fortunately my husband and I have elbows 🙂

  9. meghan says:

    I didn’t see him when I went to yard sales in AU. 🙂

  10. Melissa says:

    This post was epic. Double-teaming the nerdlinger with STYX (awesome) plus THE BEAN ART (screaming with glee) plus OMG, that picnic set. Yard Sale Hat Trick.

    PS: Put an open container of vinegar inside the picnic box and then shut the lid. Change out the vinegar about every other day till the stink goes away. That worked for us when there was a dead mouse somewhere in our bathroom wall. Yikes.