I was greatly encouraged when I found these Holt Howard salt and pepper shakers not more than a mile into the Route 90 Sale (aka the 50 Mile Yard Sale) on Saturday.
But as the miles went by, my enthusiasm lowered. Instead of seeing more vintage Christmas (my No. 1 reason for embarking on the annual sale in upstate New York), I started to see a lot more of this.
Honestly, if you have children under the age of 10 and live within 50 miles of Syracuse and you pay full price for children's clothes, you're nuts. On the Route 90 Sale, you can outfit all those little Duggars for pennies per outfit.
I also saw a lot of antlers too, and don't ask my why.
But still, I pressed on, and somewhere in a field between Cayuga and Union Springs, my patience was rewarded with a $1 box of beautiful Polish ornaments. The lady selling them expressed relief at "getting rid of" "that old junk." Happy to take them off your hands, ma'am. And, by the way, I'll lighten your burden a bit more and take that box of nativity figures too.
A few more finds: Ordinary ornaments for starting ornament wreaths, a Christmas apron and a poinsettia hankie, plus a whole bunch of small flocked boots.
And that was pretty much it in the vintage Christmas department, which has pushed me to wonder if, for me, the Route 90 sale has reached its tipping point. And by that, I mean it just might be too much time and effort for too few results.Just last week I found more good stuff at a church rummage sale that was much closer to home (although I did have to witness a rumble before the sale started).
Of course there's also the experience of just enjoying yourself. I had a great time with my daughter, Grace who was able to add to her clothing clollection. There were also homemade donuts at the Cayuga fire station and lunch in Aurora, overlooking Cayuga Lake. And lots of laughs complaining about baby crap and antlers.
And, fortunately, Antique Week in Madison-Bouckville is just around the corner. Sure, the prices will be higher, but I'm hoping it will be more good junk instead of just junk.
P.S. I had to show you my favorite "free" sign.