With the busy weekend coming up, the pickings were slim in the garage sale department. That’s not to say that there wasn’t fun to be had, just not of the treasure hunt variety.
New Belgium, a local brewery, hosts an annual bicycle event, the Tour de Fat that is a lot of fun, even for the non-riding spectators. Quite simply, people dress up and ride their bikes through town, and the costumes are frequently a hoot. Even the spectators get into the act and dress up along the route; after the parade, there is a party featuring New Belgium beers. Kathy took these pictures of the parade:
My favorite vehicle, or contraption, is the “bike” in the lower right-hand corner which looks like a cabana bar with folks sitting at the counter. All those folks sitting on stools are actually pedaling one big bike; god knows how anyone manages to steer that thing!
On Labor Day itself, our local city pool hosts The Pooch Plunge; dogs rule the pool on the day before the municipal pool is drained and closed for the season. They had more than 300 dogs, and who knows how many owners and looky-loos watching the fun. If my dogs weren’t such cowards, I would love to participate. The pool is packed with Labs and Golden Retrievers typically, but there are all breeds from pocket Poodles to Great Danes.
We did go to a couple of garage sales on Friday, starting with the one right next door! My neighbors shop for mid-century modern furnishings for their 1950’s ranch-style home; they occasionally get carried away and need to sell some of the excess. I bought this great Danish coffee table from them. They had three other vintage coffee tables, so this one was voted off the island:
This bathroom set from another garage sale doesn’t belong in any home, regardless of style:
Gak! Not sure what kind of decorating statement is made by cherubs swimming with golden dolphins on poorly executed pottery. This is a prime example of the kind of decor that gave cherubs a bad name! Not to mention that the seller is dreaming, if she thinks that this junk is worth $20.
However, this blast from the past was fun:
I’m sure the teenager who owned this probably tortured their whole family with their loud rock and roll music. The sellers were playing The Beach Boys on a CD player; it sure would have been fun if they still had their 45 rpm records and played them on this stereo.
We wound up at Goodwill perusing their offerings before the big half-off sale. This little number caught our eye:
We haven’t seen an awful doily in months, but that dry spell ended with a clap of thunder on Friday. Besides being a terrible color combo (mauve pink and lemon yellow–shudder) the creator used metallic yarn with sparkles. Grandma, put down the crochet hook, and back away slowly before you create another doily disaster.
We’re hoping that the doily owner/crocheter also had this in her home. It might explain the mixed messages this clown doll sends:
At first glance, it appears to be a moderately patriotic clown. Don’t be fooled by a quick glance; why, oh why, does the clown doll have green hair? Another pertinent question is why is this androgynous mess wearing a pink chiffon scarf? Does it make her/him/it feel pretty? Finally, what is going on with the facial expression: drunk and disorderly, or catching your parents in an amorous situation? You be the judge.
We know we have a rule against more shell pictures. Heck, we have a rule against clowns too, so in for a penny, in for a pound:
Not sure why seahorses and shells said napkin holder to the maker of this vacation tchotchke. Hopefully the owners kept it in the lanai where it might fit in with a tropical theme. At first glance, we thought it was a night-light, which would have been amusing too.
Finally, a couple of strays from weeks gone past. We have been seeing pretty interesting purses lately, and then there was this one:
Well, right away we have to say that the color is hard to take, but it’s the design that puts this baby right over the edge. What is the deal with the pink, plastic charms? They don’t seem to have any thematic unity; there are: fish, strawberries, leaves, flowers, grapes, bananas, and any number of unidentified objects. As Kathy says “one of everything but taste.”
You have probably heard the phrase, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” We think that this phrase applies directly to this last find:
Well that’s it for another edition of Friday Finds. Thanks for reading! Please pass our post along, if you can think of anyone else who might enjoy it. As always, we would love to see pictures of what you have found lurking in garage sales and thrift stores near you.