Thursday, May 23, 2013

On a stroll through the neighborhood

When I got married I gained some wonderful stepchildren and, very soon afterwards, grandchildren. The two in Wisconsin, Michael and Andrew, are just some of the sweetest little boys around. Their chubby cheeks and bright blue eyes make us smile all the time!

On trips to Wisconsin, I've learned that it's always going to be cooler there than in Georgia, yet I was surprised to see that it's still early, early spring up there. Daffodils and tulips are in abundance, while those spring favorites are long gone back here in Georgia. The flowering trees were just beginning to bloom, and one morning Alex and I decided to take the boys for a stroll around the neighborhood, where I saw these grape hyacinths, or muscari.

Their mom told us it also happened to be the day of the annual neighborhood yard sale. I didn't think too much about it at first, but we began to come across some fun stuff, like this wonderful red "hand" chair. (I'd have bought this for my "junker" friend if we weren't going to have to cart it 900 miles back home!)

Fortunately my husband had cash on him, because I found a sale with a few goodies I just *had* to have, like these old floral prints for just 75 cents each.

A demitasse teacup and saucer for $2 was perfect for the miniature African violets I am starting to grow.

I found a whole batch of silverplate for $1, including some spoons with my beloved ribbons on them and old forks with an "N," my mother Nancy's initial.

This vintage Christmas magazine with some great recipes was the happy price of 50 cents.

And an Occupied Japan lemon server, in perfect condition, was $1.50.

And just for future reference, I can report that a baby stroller also makes for a great rummage sale shopping cart!


  1. How nice that you could experience Spring twice. Living in two states, I enjoy that too. I anticipate the tulips and daffodils in late March and then again in mid-April.

    Great sale finds. Love the flower pictures, the beautiful cup, and the lemon server.

    The best part though . . . the happy smiles of your grand-darlings. So sweet.

    Enjoy your day!
    Mary Jane

  2. Looks like you found some great treasures and had fun!

  3. The boys are so cute! What fun to find yard sale treasures while out and about!

  4. What adorable little boys, and what great things to find on a stroll! Too bad you had to leave the chair...haha. I bet someone snatched it up and is enjoying it.

  5. You find the deals no matter where you are!

  6. Wonderful finds! And the baby stroller is a great idea!

    Gracious Hospitality

  7. What cute grandsons! I live up in Wisconsin, and we had a snowday off from school in May this year, so I tend to be more surprised and happy to see daffodils and tulips for the opposite reason. It really is early Spring here since the snow continued so late!

  8. Your grands are sweet with their proud Grandpa Angela.
    I love looking at sales, even if I don't buy anything.
    Have you seen the glass towers that are in blog land? A clever way to use odds and ends of china and glass.

  9. What fun- your g babies are ADORABLE and your trip sounds like such fun.

    I love your thrifty treasures, too!

    Hey, by the way I wanted to respond to a comment you left me about my neighbors hacking their huge lilac bush down but did you know you now have NO REPLY BLOGGER status and folks can't reply in email for to you now? Just thought I would tell you in case you didn't mean to do that.

    Anyway, have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend. Hugs.

  10. Looks like your trip to Wisconsin was very profitable, not only with the great neighborhood sale finds, but the priceless memories with your sweet grandsons.

  11. Oh I would have had fun here. Especially loved the lemon dish, very pretty. I keep wondering if you have a big house for all the treasures you find.

  12. I would never have known that was a lemon server. You learn something new all the time.

    Now would you serve the sliced lemon along with a pot of tea?



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