Why I love a city-wide garage sale is because as most Northern California folks know, the weather’s been mighty dreary these last few weeks. There has been one bright spot, however — the City-Wide Garage Sale in San Leandro! Last week-end, our little troupe of bargain hunters hit the streets before most people were finishing their first latte, and troves of treasures were our reward. Our first stop – the Estudillo Estates neighborhood – where Spanish Mediterranean homes from the 1920s and Tudors from the ’30s swing open their garage doors to reveal their bounty. Good thing our organized friends, John & Tracy, had the foresight to bring their handy city-wide garage sale map!
We noticed some themes throughout the day – one was Norman Rockwell. Those famous hand-painted plates seemed to be everywhere!
Halfway through the day, we decided to head up to the Bay O’ Vista neighborhood – a 1950s/1960’s era housing development with views of San Francisco. We’d almost considered it a bust when we ran into an estate sale at a former physician’s home. Apparently, we’d missed the original dates of the sale when they had gobs more antique medical and industrial equipment, as well as piles of vintage clothing. As it was, we spent a good chunk of time at this home – marveling over all the vintage and antique stash. I suppose it’s best I missed the previous sales because I have no room for anything else in our house, but it was definitely a walk down memory lane.
All in all, it was a great day at the San Leandro city-wide garage sale – capped off with a lovely brunch with great friends! Thank you, John & Tracy!
Does your town have a city-wide garage sale? If so, what do you love about it?
Happy Garage Sale-ing!