A Four Dollar Weekend + The Winter Hoard

After a couple dreary months of winter, I’m only slightly to the point where I even remotely care what’s happening outside the walls of my house. And with that comes that antsy feeling—it’s been too long since I’ve hit a good sale. With that logic I persuaded Tammy to get up early this past Saturday and go wait in line at 6 a.m. for the only tag sale around. We were off to a pretty grand start—we both spilled our coffee EVERYWHERE at the gas station (although only I managed to spill it all over myself). So, tired and still damp from coffee, we charged into the sale. What did I have to show for it?


Two dollar’s worth of napkin rings. Don’t get me wrong, they’re cute. They’re rosewood even. I’m just not sure they were worth it. At least I got a good deal, the first person who bought them really got ripped off.


Fortunately we hadn’t put all our eggs in one basket, we still had a monthly flea market on our agenda. And this jackpot was…


Two dollar’s worth of bowls. Again, not bad. Temporama is pretty collectible and this will add much needed pieces to the 10 or so I already have—in 20 or 30 years I should have an entire set. I just don’t know if it was all worth it. I just kept thinking of how I could still be in pajamas or, better yet, still asleep. At least the company was good and we chalk it up to practice for when the good sales start up. It’s also not the worst thing in the world that I didn’t fill the car. The garage is getting mighty full.


I mean, there’s still some room left to go up, but the floor space is pretty well gobbled up by some winter finds that the weather has prevented me from showing you.


These walnut media cabinets were a thrift store score. I dig their simplicity almost as much as their utility.


Both upper and lower cabinets are divided for records and whatever recorded media you need to stash away. If you’re a vinyl-loving audiophile, you know how important it is to have a place to keep your stash. Who needs milk crates when you’ve got a couple of these beauties sitting around.


Despite their general usefulness, my favorite feature is the hardware. These fluid little pulls just make the whole cabinet in my opinion.


Let’s see, what else is stuffed in there? Oh, some sweet Skyway luggage.


Can you believe I almost passed on these cerulean tweed beauties for a measly $10? When I found them they were all nested inside the large suitcase and I didn’t really feel like having just one giant suitcase. Upon picking it up I decided it was a little too heavy and a peek inside revealed the smaller case and overnight bag. Fortunately mine was unlocked, so I didn’t face the same challenges you might remember Angela having with her Skyway.


Some not-so-vintage finds include this set of Herman Miller Caper chairs. But there’s a little room in my garage for these modern classics—especially if I can get my hands on them for about 4% of the list price.


But one of the best things squirreled away in the garage is the Broyhill Brasilia dining set I told you about but couldn’t show you last week.


You’ll have to take my word for it that there’s an enormous matching table that, despite its deceptively light appearance, is so big and heavy I couldn’t safely move it myself to take this picture. That’s a first. The chairs need a little glue, new upholstery (the “new” upholstery that came on them looks a little like someone swiped it off grandpa’s recliner) and some touch ups here and there. But as soon as things thaw—including my general February mood—I’ll be ready to hit the ground running and get these in tip top shape.

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