Why I Love A City-Wide Garage Sale

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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!

Oh, Norman!
Oh, Norman!
Rain or Shine
Rain or Shine
Even Holly Golightly Likes a Good Deal
Even Holly Golightly Likes a Good Deal
I loved the look of this vignette with the Dior exhibit book and a grouping of Anthropologie cabinet pulls
I loved the look of this vignette with the Dior exhibit book and a grouping of Anthropologie cabinet pulls
Churches are great places for finding religious icons - if you're into that sort of thing
Churches are great places for finding religious icons – if you’re into that sort of thing
All Saints Episcopal Gets the Most Organized Award!
All Saints Episcopal Gets the Most Organized Award!
I died and went to Linen Heaven
I died and went to Linen Heaven – 10 cents!
I should have bought this watercolor for $5, Shouldn't I have?
I should have bought this watercolor for $5, Shouldn’t I have?
I nicknamed her Miss Priss
I nicknamed her Miss Priss
Tracy found this pretty hair clip for me, Um I don't think so, but thanks
Tracy found this pretty hair clip for me, Um I don’t think so, but thanks!
What do you think this guy was selling?
What do you think this guy was selling?
See What You Can Learn at a Garage Sale?!
See What You Can Learn at a Garage Sale?!
Stuff
Does anyone really know what time it is?
Saw some old friends
Tracy saw some old friends
Tea, Anyone
Tea, Anyone?
This was the coup de grace of the entire day - a beaded glass case from 1950s Hong Kong
This was the coup de grace of the entire day – a beaded glass case from 1950s Hong Kong
I knew you'd want to see it up close
I knew you’d want to see it up close
Vintage Stickers
Vintage Stickers Galore

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.

Who Needs the Game When You Can Do It In Real Life?
Who Needs the Game When You Can Do It In Real Life?

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!

Mimi

 


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