Saturday, April 19, 2008

Mother lode in Watertown

This morning I crawled out of bed at 6a and drove to Watertown, TN to the annual mile-long yard sale. I was a bit skeptical that I'd find good stuff. You know how those annual neighborhood sales can be -- people have long since purged their treasures and moved on to their broken coffee pots and mismatched glassware.

But this was yard sale heaven! Junk as far as the eye could see. My mission was toys for Caroline. I've been feeling bad about how slim her inventory has gotten. And I know I'd feel even worse if I boxed up the rattles, cloth books and link-a-doos that she hasn't touched in months. So I put on my walking shoes and did the entire mile, which is at least two miles because you gotta tote all the loot back to your car, sometimes in several trips. The seasoned salers, I quickly figured out, pulled Radio Flyers. Or those little upright rolling baskets, the kind my grandmother used to take her clothes to the apartment laundry room.

By 10a my car was stuffed. Here are some of my larger finds, all for about $20. And yes, I'm obsessed with tables and chairs. But Caroline is obsessed with coloring, so a good match. (One of these items is for your house, Mama Norma. Guess which one! Think art.)

I love the old school desk. And it blends right in with our rustic decor.


Nana said...

Looks like Santa arrived early. Caroline will love having her own desk. Just make sure it is not set up too close to the walls. Did you find washable crayons? Mamma Norma will be a great art teacher for her.

Aunt Al said...

Oooo! Sit and Spin! I always wanted one of those. Actually, I saw one at a yard sale about 10 years ago...and I sat down and spun, right there in the people's driveway. Good times.

Holly said...

Great finds!!!! And I love the old desk.

Lori said...

Wow! That is a lot of stuff for $20. I am impressed :)

Melodie Monberg said...

I found your blog via Lori's blog. We are adopting from Ethiopia and seem to be in the same phase. What agency are you using? Wouldn't it be wild to meet some fellow bloggers over there?

Our blog is:


PS Our oldest is also a Caroline. You don't find that name too often!

Craig & Cindy said...

Wow deluxe! An easel!!! Looks like you found some awesome buys!


alana said...

I think you found a nicer easel than I did.....glad you found some good deals!