It was a weekend for finding new vintage items and letting go of some old ones.
The new items were found on Saturday at the Route 90 sale, which is held each July in my little corner of upstate New York. I tried not to buy much more than vintage Christmas, although Sue, whom I chatted with in Aurora, will testify that I was buying a $1 J Crew dress and a few other things. But wouldn't you? A $1 J Crew dress (that was only worn once) was just too good to pass up.
Anyways, this is the haul from Saturday.
Another Santa blow mold and a Christmas tree that I could have re-sold several times over as I carried it back to my car. I think it must have displayed near a window because most of the glass beads have faded to silver. But, luckily, I have a million of those beads, so I can fix that.
A closeup of the ornaments and the strand of glass beads. They were found in a big grassy field between Homer and Locke that was full of boxes of mostly rusty tools. I guess it does pay to dig a little.
Moment of temporary insanity in that big white barn in Locke. I'm telling myself that I can make a whole lotta wreaths with 35-plus boxes of mini ornaments.
A non-Christmas purchase in Union Springs: My first box of real flash cards.
On Sunday, came the releasing. I sold a bunch of items that I had been carting around for quite some time at a small local flea market, including the dollhouse that I was so excited to find two years ago.
And I also sold an old Smith-Corona typewriter that I picked up a garage sale a week ago. You can see just a bit of it in the right-hand corner of the photo. Best of all, I sold it to a teenager, who probably has a tablet and a iPhone, but was quite fascinated with a bit of old-fashioned technology.
It actually made this journalist, who remembers writing her first stories on a manual typewriter, feel like this:
And I was even happier when I sold more on Sunday than I bought on Saturday, which is how the ideal Catch and Release Weekend should end.