As the days start to become slightly longer and we start getting teased with springlike temperatures, I start thinking about going to garage sales. Here in New York City, we don't have garage sales. But in my my hometown of Independence, Missouri, and in Santa Monica, California I find that the sales are, simply, out of this world! While people are shocked that I can still find a bargain on a treasure in Los Angeles, I kid you not, it happens every time I hit the streets there.
Take this Little Red Riding Hood cookie jar, for example, that I bought in Santa Monica. I spied it from another yard sale across the street, just lying under a card table. The seller seemed more concerned with moving old clothes, so when I asked her how much she wanted for the cookie jar, she said $5. Huh? I quickly reached in my wallet and handed her the cash. I had no idea the value of this piece and bought it because I really liked it. Once I got to Ruth's house and did a quick search on the Internet, I discovered that my little lady was an original piece of Hull Ware worth much more.
While the seller told me her grandmother used to put oatmeal cookies in this cookie jar, she stands cheerfully empty in my living room reminding me of all the thrifty adventures that warm weather always brings.
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,
The Elegant Thrifter