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Garage Saling Upstate

July 22, 2009

Whee! It’s picture time!

This past weekend (all four days!) the boy and I headed upstate for his parents. I got to use my Joy of Cooking pancake recipe on Saturday morning to make breakfast, then we went garage saling as a family. See gallery below for the highlights.

Sunday we went canoeing in the clearest little river I’ve ever seen and out onto a cold, windy lake! The little river was winding and shallow and surrounded by large tufts of grass and pickerelweed, which was blooming with pretty purple flowers. It was a little like that famous scene from “The African Queen!” If it weren’t for the occasional tree or mountain in the backdrop, I would’ve thought we were in Africa!

Monday we went canoeing again, this time on the Mohawk River, which slid into the canal. The Mohawk upstream the canal is much prettier, I promise you, but it was all quite nice. Monday night we went fishing with his parents (well, they fished, he steered the boat, and I knitted). This was also when I discovered that I had sunburned my scalp. It was the one place I hadn’t put sunscreen on while canoeing (for about 3 hours, I might add) and we’d forgotten our hats downstate. *sigh* It’s getting better.

Tuesday was veg day. We kinda just hung out and finished laundry and packing up to head home. We hit an Amish vegetable stand for some yellow summer squash, zucchini, green beans, and black raspberries. Alas, the Moose (aka the boy’s “little” brother) ate most of them. Without asking permission, I might add. I still might be able to salvage a good clafoutis out of them, but no way am I getting a cobbler or crisp. *sigh*

Today has been not such a nice day. I didn’t get the job I had interviewed for at the environmental law office, but since I didn’t hear from them Monday or Tuesday (like promised), I kind of figured I hadn’t, but still, one hopes! Here’s hoping the working interview I have tomorrow afternoon goes well.

Also tomorrow night the boy’s coworkers/minions are having a pool party and we’re invited. Think I’ll make a potato salad and a fruit sauce with ice cream. And maybe cookies. Question is, what kind of potato salad? The boy’s mom makes a great mayo-based one with onions and dill and vinegar that is delish. I also have a vinaigrette-based one with green beans and roma tomatoes. Which to do?!

Okay, to cheer myself up about the job rejection, here’s the gallery of lovely bargains!

Garage sale find - $0.25

Vintage milk glass compote. Garage sale #1 - $0.25

Vintage food chopper, love the aqua! - Garage sale find - $0.50
Vintage food chopper, love the aqua! – Garage sale #3 – $0.50
Finally! A flour sifter! Garage sale find - $1

Finally! A flour sifter! Garage sale #2 - $1

Vintage printed cotton handkerchief, garage sale find - $0.25

Vintage printed cotton handkerchief, garage sale #3 - $0.25

Vintage chiffon scarf, love the colors! Garage sale find - $0.25

Vintage chiffon scarf, love the colors! Garage sale #3 - $0.25

J&G Meakin Blue Nordic Pattern, England - Estate sale find - $1

J&G Meakin Blue Nordic Pattern, England - Estate sale find - $1

Pretty sure it's a pastry cutter. Made in Italy, found in a giant pile of rusty tools. Estate sale find. $0.50

Pretty sure it's a pastry cutter. Made in Italy, found in a giant pile of rusty tools. Estate sale find. $0.50

Hand crocheted piggy potholder. Free and handmade from the boy's mom!

Hand crocheted piggy potholder. Free and handmade from the boy's mom! Not to mention adorable!

Ditto the kitty. The boy's mom is so nice!

Ditto the kitty. The boy's mom is so nice!

This one is slightly sad. : (

This one is slightly sad. : (

Needs a LOT of cleanup and care, but this is an uber-vintage 1916 household care and cookbook. Estate sale find - not even kidding, $0.05

Needs a LOT of cleanup and care, but this is an uber-vintage 1916 household care and cookbook. Estate sale find - not even kidding, $0.05

10,000 Garden Questions answered. Where is vol. 1? No idea. Garage sale find - $0.25

10,000 Garden Questions answered. Where is vol. 1? No idea. Garage sale #1 - $0.25

Random Taste of Home mags from the late '90s, but including the premier issue! Garage sale find - FREE!

Random Taste of Home mags from the late '90s, but including the premier issue! Garage sale #1 - FREE!

What’s that? All that amazingly awesome stuff for $4.05?!?! It was a good day. Tiring, and LOTS of very bad garage sales (except the one with the free kitten. So cute!), but still pretty fun.

Okay, so these next ones were not from the day o’ garage sales, but they’re cool finds from the a trip to New Paltz last week and the last trip upstate (a few weeks ago).

Vintage metal/enamel swallow pin. So tiny, so cute! Water Street Market, New Paltz, NY - $1

Vintage metal/enamel swallow pin. So tiny, so cute! Water Street Market, New Paltz, NY - $1

Vintage book on culinary herbs. Used bookstore in Cooperstown, NY - $5

Vintage book on culinary herbs. Used bookstore in Cooperstown, NY - $5

Vintage 1930s New England cookbooklet. Water Street Market, New Paltz, NY - $1

Vintage 1930s New England cookbooklet. Water Street Market, New Paltz, NY - $1

Fascimile copy of the 1833 "American Frugal Housewife." Used bookstore in Cooperstown, NY - $5

Fascimile copy of the 1833 "American Frugal Housewife." Used bookstore in Cooperstown, NY - $5

Shaker cookbooklet from the Farmers Museum in Coopertown, NY - $5

Shaker cookbooklet from the Farmers Museum in Coopertown, NY - $5

This last one was just too cool not to include. Barnes & Noble never gets this cheap! Now, if only my embroidery were here in NY, and not on their way to Ohio from ND (via my grandparents)…

Awesome stitchery reference book found at B&N, half price clearance - $3

Awesome stitchery reference book found at B&N, half price clearance - $3

Whee! now wasn’t that fun? If only I had places to put it all! Oh well. Oh, and yes I know my photo skillz are not that great, but I always prefer natural light photos and my camera has a super slow shutter speed on anything other than the “auto” setting. *sigh* And yes, that is a towel on top of a milk crate. The apartment is messy right now, okay?

In other news, the boy’s mom let me borrow one of her acoustic guitars. So today I was learning to play “Jolene,” Patsy Cline’s “After Midnight,” Little Big Town’s “Boondocks,” and other funtime songs. But now it’s time to go. The boy will be home soonly, and I’ve got a little grocery shopping to do!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. snapdragons permalink
    July 24, 2009 6:48 AM

    Ooooooh, that 1916 cookbook/housekeeping book is going to be a scream! I love things like that. The interesting question is, mid-war, will it have advice for managing servants?

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