Friday, April 11, 2008

Tis the season for yard sales

Fortunately for me, when I go for walks, I usually take no money with me. Particularly fortunate when I happen across a yard or garage sale. Too much Good Stuff for me to resist!

Especially in a pleasantly shaded yard. Oh, so many good Things that I couldn't do without -- if I had the money burning a hole in my pocket.

Well, no, I didn't need fishing gear or those plaster thingies. On the other hand, I definitely could find a home to mount those brackets ... and that electric radiator at right might come in handy next winter.

No to the horse collar and the end tables. Neither needed or even wanted currently, though they looked to be in very good condition.

Ditto the leaf whacker, tho k has located what looks to be very handy electric leaf and twig chipper for making mulch.

But jumbles are what yard sales should always include...

... and kitchen gizmos and gadgets. In fact, it seems to me that these are chancy items for any smart merchant to stock. They surely are purchased only on the spur of the moment, and far too many reappear too soon in the thrift shops and at yard sales. The rational shopper is well aware of this fact. But then who's a rational shopper? Not I. My rationality extends to walking without change in my pockets.

One of the great things about yard sales is that you never know what you'll find. In this corner of the sale, a pretty candelabra, a decorative bedstead and a bird house.

Unlike many yard sales, there were also antiques. For example, I had to ask about these wooden panels. Turns out they were the real thing -- very old fashioned, possibly home made washboards. I had never seen such even in my youngest days, only the boughten kind with a corrugated metal plate. It had never occurred to me just why they were called washboards!

They were leaning against this old wooden cart. Not a plaything, either; note that the wheels are faced with iron.

Another golden oldie; asking price for the oak chair, $75.

These quilts were not from modern needles. Lovingly made long ago, they also have seen hard use... this pretty pink and white coverlet shows.

The quilt collection was toppped off with a scrap that remained unfinished; consequently, it looks bright and shiny, like new.


Catalyst said...

Great planning for yard sale-ing, Granny: go with empty pockets!

Though, there were some things I might have . . . naaaaahhhh.

David Kirk said...

Granny: I love the way you find so many interesting photo subjects that most of us might pass right by! Have a great weekend!

Granny J said...

Cat-A -- exactly, there's always something youjust gotta have!

david -- I lucked out today; I've been wanting to document a yard sale for a long time, but have never shown up at the right time.

Anonymous said...

The term here yard sale is Garage Sale. We have a large, round dropleaf table secured in '68 in Jackson, Miss. for $10. I've refinished it about three times and it's still in use in the family room.

Of note, often when I check out your blog, If I pull you via google, I'll get yesterdays issue, but if punch favorites I gets todays. Quien sabe?


JuliaR said...

I love to say "store boughten" too! I wonder if anyone younger says that? My mother had a washboard but for the life of me, I can't remember what it was made of. Now I'll have to ask her...

Granny J said...

bro -- both terms are used here; I'm never quite sure whether the garage doors must be open for it to be called a garage sale. As for The Google, I'm surprised. I keep up with everybody using, BTW. It's very handy.

juliar -- I think boughten is an old English form; according to a recent article in New Scientist, those old forms are gradually going by the wayside. About the washboard -- probably your mom used what mine (and my grandmothers, too) used -- the kind from the store with the metal corrugation.

Anonymous said...

Some latter day washboards had a glass (pyrex??) insert instead of metal; I doubt if they played as well (Hoosier Hotshots please note).


JuliaR said...

I had no idea! Here's a clip from Dictionary dot com:

American regional dialects allow freer adjectival use of certain past participles of verbs than does Standard English. Time-honored examples are boughten (chiefly Northern U.S.) and bought (chiefly Southern U.S.) to mean "purchased rather than homemade": a boughten dress, bought bread. The Northern form boughten (as in store boughten) features the participial ending -en, added to bought, the participial form, probably by analogy with more common participial adjectives such as frozen. Another development, analogous to homemade, is evident in bought-made, cited in DARE from a Texas informant.

I always thought it was a little kid term, using the language incorrectly. Wow. You learn something new every day.

Granny J said...

bro -- I had forgotten about the Hoosier Hotshots! No doubt a fiberglass washboard had its own particular sound.

juliar -- I always took it for granted that really old forms, like all those ough words with their many pronunciations, would take old endings, but then who ever spoke of a caughten wild animal???

meggie said...

It was very interesting to see the Yard sale, which of course, we call garage sale, here in Oz. I loved the old washboards. My mother had one, with the corrugated glass which was a bluey green colour, in a wooden frame. I loved the Oak Chair.

meggie said...

Oh I forgot to mention the old quilts! How wonderful. The pattern on the pink & white one is often called Drunkards Path. I wonder if....

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