Awhile back I was able to visit a church sale in my city here. We haven’t really had a lot of these since that mean old sickness bug showed up, ruined a lot. Made everything a mess, ugly old bug. Anyway, I now have a chance to share some of that with you all. Here are just a few photos from that sale.
I didn’t take a lot of photos because one of the volunteers at the center was very nervous about my camera. At one point she wouldn’t even allow me in with it but I couldn’t leave it outside in the truck because of the heat. Her supervisor came over and was really sweet and said it was fine, that I could have it as long as I didn’t take photos of people…which I’m always careful not do to when I record my shopping adventures. This has never happened before in all the years I have been coming to this sale.
Sometimes when out in the city I see images that are shocking to me and want to pick up my camera and show the world what is going on. This is the life of a non cell phone user…you get judged more them the sneaky cell phone photographers out there. Being old fashioned and going against the norm can be hard. I love photography though so I will keep taking photos of what I see when I can.
I didn’t pick up a lot of items this shopping trip. I feel like our old 1950’s home with very little storage is already packed enough. I’m trying not to over do things. If we bring things in, we have to take out the same amount in older items. We always have a donation pile somewhere in our home every month.
I got this glass Murano piece for $2.
I’m not sure what it is, a cat, a dog, or maybe a bear cub…maybe a mix of everything.
I only have three pieces of Murano glass. Two were picked up when I was visiting Venice in my early twenties. A tiny chicken and a broach. The other was a gift from my husband’s aunt when she was visiting us from Italy one summer. It’s a little paper weight with a beautiful flower in the Italian colors. I thought this little piece was so cute. If purchasing your own hand blown glass make sure to turn over and see if the bottom of your piece is very smooth. I have heard there are fake pieces out there, copied verses that have sloppy details like bumpy surfaces on the bottoms.
I picked up some art, you know I love my art. Look at this painting, not a print this one…an actual painting.
I don’t know the artist. It’s dated 1973. Maybe the original person who owned this painting had a friend who was an artist, or maybe they themselves painted this at one of those art classes you take. The mystery sometimes is part of what makes something special.
When my husband saw this he said he will be taking this later. His funny way of saying “It’s mine, now get your own”. I was thinking of him when I purchased it and his stories of Colorado during the Fall when the maple leaves are so pretty
I still haven’t found a place to hang it so for now it hangs above our kitchen sink. Some day, I would love to have a kitchen window above a kitchen sink to look outside while doing dishes. The painting was $3.
I bought this unusual glass piece below with my son in mind. He is studying micro biology and I thought this would be a fun way to grow some plants in it for him.
I stuck some clippings in it and they took off.
My husband gave me some aquatic seeds and they are growing too. It’s really pretty to see the whole process.
I love how the roots from one plant are stretching out to connect with the roots of another plant. This little glass vase was $2.
I found another basket. I know I have a serious basket obsession but they are so pretty and practical to me.
Most items were $2. I didn’t try to talk them down because I thought these were reasonable prices and besides, the money goes for children in the church for their summer programs. It’s all for a good cause.
I’m not sure what I am going to do with this pail. Or is it called a milk jug? I’m from the city you guys. Didn’t they use these pails on Little House on the prairie for their lunches when they walked to school. I wonder what they put in them. Maybe a hard boiled egg, some fresh baked bread, a hunk of cheese and an apple. For now, my little pail holds some faux flowers.
Some other items I purchased were a large wooden shelf($5) which I will be using for up north. I am trying to redesign our mud room area…or make one that is, I might use the shelf for that area. An extra large cutting board ($5), some faux flowers for ($3) a bed sheet that was padded and quilted, looked brand new too ($1) books (hardbacks were $1and paperbacks were .50 cents) and a little vintage piggy bank for .25 cents.
This little piggy bank had it’s plug still in it. It’s hard to find vintage banks complete like this. I didn’t know it had a tiny chip on it’s ear until I got home. It was only a quarter and so adorable. I just matched the paint color and sealed it with some clear polish once I saw the chip. I pick up a lot of vintage items like this for photo prompts.
Oh and this really pretty floral dish. So dainty and pretty with flowers on it. This dish will be used for DIY photos and cooking photos.
There were also some free items that some of the volunteers just gave me. The Christmas room ( there were several rooms to explore at the church) is the room where they gift shoppers with little gifts. I had the coins to pay but the woman packing my bag just added them to the bag and said “This is a gift” she was so sweet. I will be making some adorable little DIY’s with these Christmas supplies. All they need is a little update and they will be trendy again. They will be tied to gifts this Christmas to gift to others once I dazzle them up again.
It was a good sale, a little low on items but that was to be expected. The volunteers were so sweet too and I always recommend going to our neighbors. These are strange times and everyone is still trying to figure out how to get back to a new type of normal or living style. The churches were closed for awhile, well some that is. Donations were low when things started back up again. This year’s sale after a year of no sales, made things a little skinny you could say. There was no furniture at all. That’s something I’m always on the hunt for. One of my favorite hobbies is repurposing or fixing up vintage furniture.
Guess the shortages aren’t just in retail stores but everywhere. At least here in this city.
Church sale from 2017
What I purchased that year…
Church sale from 2019…
What I purchased that year …
That’s it, hope you all loved this shopping adventure with me. I believe people are shopping this way to avoid mass produced items that fall apart, that could be one of the reasons behind second shortages. Buy local, buy used and buy hand made as much as possible.
Happy bargain shopping everyone.