by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
For most people, the most wonderful time of the year is the holiday season. Okay, I love it, too, but my second favorite season is Yard Sale season, which in these parts is from May until early October.
Weeee! What a lot of fun it is to go on a treasure hunt.
In the old days, I could buy what I wanted, live with it for a while, and then sell it on a kind of catch-and-release basis. Today, I had better have a specific purpose in mind. Okay, I'm still buying pretty teacups and square plates, but I'm also being practical.
I have NEVER seen my (good) china pattern at a yard sale before, so when I saw the Royal Albert Silver Maple sugar bowl (again for the bargain price of only $2), I bought it in a heartbeat. I asked the woman collecting the money if she had any more pieces and she said her daughter "got it at a yard sale." (Obviously another catch-and-release item.) Of course, I already have a Royal Albert Silver Maple sugar bowl and oddly enough, I don't take sugar in my tea, so it doesn't get a lot of use. But hey, I might one day, right?
The square plate is from Germany. It's just pretty.
whether they are alive, or tiny orphans like that little guy. I have a whole herd of wounded orphaned elephants. I love them. (Somebody has to.)
The pansy picture under glass with copper tape holding it together is a Christmas tree ornament. I'm a sucker for pansies, so ...
And I bought my very first painting. It's an original watercolor (I just love watercolors). I'm in the process of redecorating my enclosed porch, and I'm doing it in BEACH style, so this picture should work out nicely. I also bought a rug for the porch, and a heater for my office.
In all I spent $26. Not a bad haul for my first yard sale foray of the year.
What do you look for when you go to yard sales?