Sarah (and her Snug Bungalow) are big fans of a church sale. Apparently churches have all the good stuff. I usually don't fare as well at a church sale, although I did find a really amazing 70s bandana print maxi dress there this spring (you can find that for sale here), and I did get my very favorite ever rainbow dress at an earlier one this summer. Last week there wasn't much of interest at estate sales, so we hit a church sale around the corner from my house.
I'll give church sales credit for this, though. They do have adorable signage. I followed the sign to the adult clothing and found... nothing. Not one thing of even remote interest. Since I had recently bought out Syracuse, I didn't feel too badly about this. I headed to the housewares room, planning to follow Sarah around and be her paparazzi.
The workers there were very excited and eager to help. There was decidedly no line to get in and there were very few people shopping. They were definitely outnumbered by the workers and every few steps someone was offering to help. The lady at the jewelry table offered me a basket for my things before I had any things.
I got a pair of shell earrings, and somehow I forgot to take pictures, so I literally can't remember what other jewelry items I bought.
There were very few weird/crazy items to be photographed.
Sarah and I had some discussion about whether this was an airplane or an airplane hangar. After some discussion, we decided it was both. Apparently it opens up to be the inside of an airplane, but looks like an airplane hangar from the outside!
Everything I wanted to know about Portuguese wine: vinho verde and port. The end.
|Drinking vinho verde by the Douro river in Porto, Portugal (August 2014)|
|Port wine tasting in Porto, Portugal.|
A teeny tiny version of the stapler in Office Space!
The tops of these came off and I could not tell what their purpose was. Maybe a vase??
The standout of this particular sale were the table signs. These signs were definitely made by 2 different people. You could tell by the fonts. The normal fonts were normal signs, like "Housewares", etc. The comic sans font signs were made by someone who had a little more fun with it.
Do people actually still want to be Martha Stewart?
What a marketing slogan!
I mean, it's very easy to get confused.
Not just beautiful linen.... even more of them!
I might have to politely disagree here...
Like the linens, but all on one sign.
Descriptive and instructional.
They ran out of sayings (or just forgot to make one) for the pet table, so they just stuck a whole bunch of pet toys up on a stick.
As we were leaving, I did make one other impulse buy.
Last summer, I may or may not have broken the ceiling fan in the spare bedroom/Etsy studio while carrying my dress form across the room. I smacked it right into the moving blades and one of them went flying. Now my lucky husband can replace it!
This adorable courtyard was near the checkout. Did you know that the colorful containers the plants are in are in fact not called doggy pools? I'd honestly forgotten they had another name, but Sarah burst out laughing when I referred to them as such.
We decided to go to a neighborhood sale on the other side of the city. I don't think either of us wound up buying anything at all, but we did enjoy seeing this child's sized mid-century chair.
And we were baffled by these. This may have been the point where we decided we'd had enough. Either there was a box full of bride/groom mice, or we were losing it. Going for lunch seemed like the safest choice.
Incidentally, I was rocking my 70s dress from Jane Vintage here in Rochester. I'd decided I needed to own it when I was watching That 70s Show one evening, and saw the exact same dress on the shop's Instagram feed. Fate!
Read about the church sale from Sarah's perspective over at the Snug Bungalow!
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