Labor Day Weekend Fun and a Few Friday Finds

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:

It has a few condition issues that can be cured by some sanding and waxing.  I think it has terrific lines, and will be a fun addition to my 1950’s ranch.

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:

Oh, if only it had stayed in Vegas; we wouldn’t have had to look at it!

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.

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8 Responses to Labor Day Weekend Fun and a Few Friday Finds

  1. Terri Gold says:

    I love your table. I love all Scandinavian furniture for that matter. And I had a record player like that although mine did not have speakers that separated from the unit. That was a more modern item. But I do have my 45rpm records…all of them. It was a good time for music. You could understand the words, all 7 of them. Baby oh baby, I love you, love you so madly…Baby oh baby, I need you, need you so badly….

    • Second Hand Roses says:

      We love that you have all of your old 45 rpm records–there is something about listening to vinyl that makes the music more alive. And you gotta “Still like that old time rock and roll
      The kinda music just soothes the soul”.

  2. SusanB says:

    LOL I am totally stealing Kathy’s “one of everything but taste” line!

    That doily – it’s like a creepy 70s spider web thingy… (shudders)

    • Second Hand Roses says:

      Kathy is a clever duck; she sure can turn a phrase. We saw that doily again today, and truthfully the picture doesn’t convey the full horror of the color combo.

  3. Connie says:

    Oh dead god… the purse looks like chum! It honestly looks like they dipped a net into the chum bucket and whatever stuck to it, they kept.

    And for the record, after seeing the picture above, I now know why some people are afraid of clowns.

    • Second Hand Roses says:

      lol, chum purse is classic descriptive phrase! If you want the clown to scare small children, it’s still at Goodwill.

  4. Alrunia says:

    God I love that purse. I know I know.. I’d still buy it and use it. Unapologectically. Or maybe a little apologetically.

    • Second Hand Roses says:

      Well, now we know that we aren’t the only ones that love strange things. It shouldn’t be too hard to make one, especially if you find the right purse to start with. Then you can carry it unapologectically, and when people look at your purse, you say “I know, isn’t it fab!”

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