Yes, I know that is 2013. But we're going to rewind just a little to my best finds of 2012. So here, in no particular order, are some of the most memorable vintage items that I’ll remember well into 2013.
1. Town Cleanup continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. This annual event is a springtime tradition in my little corner of upstate New York. For six weeks, residents toss all sorts of the stuff to the curb. Truly, there are treasures to be found in what others consider to be trash.
Last year’s cleanup was one of the best years yet. Among my finds: a huge box of old fabric that included several feedsacks, a 1960s Invisible Woman model, several pieces of vintage luggage and a garden arbor. To read all about it, go here and here.
You can see why I'm already looking forward to Town Cleanup 2013 in a mere three months or so.
2. Assorted church rummage sales. Next to Town Cleanup, my best finds, particularly reasonably priced vintage Christmas items, come from church rummage sales. Of course to get the goods, I have to hang out with other crazy junkers, and avoid paying for my own purse. To see some of my stuff, check out this post and this one.
3. The pixie tree topper, which I found on a rainy day in September at a garage sale. It has to be among the most unique things that I've ever found, so, for now, I'm keeping it.
4. Vintage Halloween eluded me until it was nearly Halloween. And then at one really great garage/estate sale, I managed to find a trio of Halloween candy containers and a few blowmolds for what seems to be a new collection of mine. And I also found three Gurley witch candles in about three weeks.
5. Barbara’s Friends & Family Sale. Our dear friend and fellow blogger Barbara decided to clear out a lot of her excess goods in August, and I was lucky enough to get there early for several wonderful bargains.
Remembering this sale brings me to what I wish for all of you in 2013: Good health, good friends and of course lots and lots of good finds.