As promised, here are a few pics from our excursion last Friday. Maybe I need to start a new segment, "Junkin Friday" or something to that effect.
For those that don't know, there is a fun little event held every spring and fall, now called Antique Alley. It used to be called "Fifteen Mile Garage Sale". I guess they figured they had to class it up. It is as it sounds. A fifteen mile stretch of road between the towns of Cleburne and Grandview where all sorts of folks have a garage sale or just throw junk in a cow field and sell it. My Dad and I have been going to this for at least three or four years now. Seems like over the past few years, several dealers have become regulars. But by far, sellers outnumber dealers. If I could amass enough goods, I would set up there, because shoppers are in abundance.
We usually start in Cleburne and work our way towards Grandview. As you meander down Farm Road 4, by far the best stop is Whipporwill Hill. This cute little spot is like a miniature Canton. Parking is in a little lot off the main area and dealers goods run the gamut. It's always a good mid-point for food and (port-a) potty. One can find junk, Home-made Gourmet, usually a crafter or two and more. It's our favorite place to stop.
Here's a few things that I found.
Books, books and more books. They seemed to be in more abundance on this trip. I grabbed several at just a dollar each. Since most are in pretty bad shape and so inexpensive, I won't mind cutting them up for art projects and such.
Usually there are tons of old magazines and such. Just depends on the dealers. One dealer had several old post cards, at just a dollar each. But it was hot and my tolerance for standing there flipping through a book was at a minimum. So much for adversity and the thrill of the hunt at that moment. I was thinking shade and water.
This was by far my favorite find of the day. I guess because we used to use these inks in Calligraphy class (AGES ago) this set caught my eye. I always had a fondness for those inks and all the pretty colors they came in. I could not believe they were in the original packaging, sadly, in such bad shape. Although most of the inks were dry, I loved the way the color still showed through the glass. I had to have it. And for a buck, well there ya go. My second best deal of the day was the Walter Foster book. I love Walter Foster books. Dad used to use them and I used to love to practice drawing and painting out of them. This one was in excellent shape and I have a real soft spot for any of the ones that I find that are on flowers.
Oops...sorry this pic got a little big. LOL.
I seem to be drawn to colors this time around. I loved this big ole bag of threads. The picture does not do it justice, the colors were just so bright and gorgeous. I thought they would be cool in a glass jar or cool bowl. They are silk and I just could not get over the richness of the threads and the juicy colors.
Life's a bowl of cherries. Or a sugar bowl or two. Or a cafe bowl. Whichever. I seem to have had a bowl fixation that day. I love cafe ware. I don't know why. Dad does too. I guess it is the heftiness of it. But could not resist the two bowls, obviously. And the little orange and black one, too cute and looked so fallish. Does anyone know if that is an ironstone sugar bowl? I argued with the dealer, cause I did not think it was. I paid too much for it, but it was in such great shape. No markings at all though. The trays or cool and I will probably repaint them. They are perfectly square. You can't see it so well in this pic, but at the upper right hand corner is the coolest, GROTTIEST, butter dish, with glass inside intact.
See, aren't the square trays cute? I loved them.
And the little enamelware set was too cute and too cheap to pass up. I have quite the stash of picnic baskets, so I am sure that I will paint one to coordinate (insert goober alert here) and they will be fun to have on hand. But am kicking myself cause there was the cutest pale blue/white plaid tablecloth that would have been perfect to go with and I passed it up. Doh!
Ah, my $4.98 urn from Target. That sucker is HUGE. Yep, has a ding on the side, but won't matter when I put crap in it. LOL. And my $1.00 jack-o-lantern. His "lighting" guts were gone. I don't care. He's going to undergo a little "halving" surgery anyway. He won't need those guts. I saw the idea in BG&G mag, they cut a foam one in half and added a black bird and bittersweet for cute door decor. I'll have to take a pic if it turns out good. If not, create your own visual, or go by the mag. I think it is the Christmas ideas issue that's on stands now.
Well, that is the best of the rest and concludes are junk Friday for this week. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Maybe we will get back to art next week.