Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Around Town

and all kinds of other places.

Last Wednesday I took you with me while I shopped for my antiques business in a Geodesic dome. These week I'm going to share some sights from last weekend's hunting..

Let's get started.

This is not the house where the first sale was. It is the neighbor, but isn't it lovely, steps away from the shores of Lake Michigan.

You can see why I couldn't get a picture of the house where the garage sale was. It is surrounded by trees, but you can glimpse all the shoppers. What was for sale was newish, but it was selling briskly.

I took a peek around the back of the house, and look at the lovely screen house I found. The landscaping was just beautiful. I didn't buy anything!

There I am counting a pile of galvanized buckets I forgot to buy. At this house, was the merchandise bonanza of the day. Lots of stuff for me to buy and then sell in my business. Loaded up the car and really got my hands dirty. Loved it!

Off for a handwashing, diet coke, lunch break. Sparky, was guarding his owner's antique electric Ford. We looked, but didn't touch.

The next Estate Sale was so crowded that my husband stayed in the car and waited (with his phone at the ready) for me to call for a pick-up. Lovely early home with 3 generations of stuff, but nothing much for me.

Almost at the end of the day we stopped at another Estate Sale where I could have gotten these pretty dishes for a luncheon party with my 36 closest friends. They were very nice, but their price was over $2000, I think.

I told the guys conducting the sale that I was on the hunt for the weird and cheap. They laughed!

Our buying/hunting trip took us up the lakeshore north of Chicago from Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, to Lake Forest where we ended the day at this Estate Sale.

This last photo is of a $4500 Thorne Room for sale at this house. The Art Institute of Chicago has an permanent exhibit of these miniature rooms, and they are very valuable.

Mrs. James Ward Thorne (1882-1966) who had a summer home in Lake Forest developed these rooms in the 1930's and 40's. It was nice, but I didn't buy it either.

I hope you enjoyed your Outdoor Wednesday excursion. And if you liked what you saw subscribe in a reader or become a follower>>>>>>>>>>>on the sidebar.

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P.S. I saw that black and white VW "bug" on my sidebar at the last sale. Can you imagine sale-ing in that?


  1. Hi Joan! I'm so glad you are going to be joining my Where Bloggers Create party. I really think it's going to be lots of fun and very inspirational!

    Have a great week!

    My Desert Cottage

  2. I love this post. Thanks so much! J would love that 1910 truck! He sold a 52 chevy pick up when we sold the farm.

  3. I love your posts like this! I really do! The Thorne room, I have a vague memory of these. At $4,500 and you didn't buy it? Huh!

  4. Wow, some amazing eye candy!!! I'm in love with the plates!!
    ♥ Teresa

  5. Love the plates. What company & hallmark for that price?? Wedgewood, maybe...still crazy price for 36 plates.

  6. Thanks for taking us on your travels. I'd love an ivy covered house....no painting!!!!

  7. Thank you for sharing. $4500 for the room box - No Way! I love miniatures, but that! No Way!

  8. Oh, how much fun to tag along on the shopping trip. I am a scardy cat to go yard saleing. I want to go, I think I need a friend to go with me. Thanks for letting me tag along. I didn't realize estate sales were so busy. I must be missing out on something wonderful. Ah, one day I'll go on my own.

    Loved the photos, especially the first house. Just beautiful.

  9. when r u going to buy me something awesome?!?! you always have the best pics and i want something!!!

  10. Joan, Thanks for taking us along on your excursion, the house was beautiful and I love the dog in the old car. I don't know much about miniature rooms, but I think I will pass on that one.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday

  11. What a nice post. I loved the tour and pictures of your special finds. The miniature room is just exquisite. Thank you for sharing all of it with us. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  12. Estate sale or garage sales, i love them. I love the dishes! Thanks for the virtual tour.

  13. That was fun. You must have seen lots! if I were there, I'm afraid I'd probably get overwhelmed by the things I see LoL

    The house is about to be covered by ivy, and i like the effect it brings :-)

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

  14. Whew, I'm glad Sparky wasn't for sale :-) Thank for taking us along!

  15. Looks like a busy day.

    Your husband sounds like a patient man.

    Mine is not so much into sales unless they have a lot of "guy stuff" there.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

  16. Love Sparky and his antique Model T Ford. They are both winners!

  17. What a super fun day- sure wish I could go with you on an excursion!

  18. Those dishes were lovely but I think I would have passed too. Great post!
    Happy OW!

  19. Thanks for taking me along on your adventure. Your husband is much more patient than mine. Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

  20. I love garage sales! I remember a few years ago driving up to the apple barns in North Georgia with my Aunt Dot and her church friends. Every time we passed a garage sale, 36 pairs of hands would go up in the air and they would shout, "Garage Sale!" What fun we had. I'm going to join them again this Fall and will let you know if we find anything.

  21. I wonder why the Art Institute didn't buy the room for their collection. My kids have always loved visiting that exhibit when we are at the museum.
    Lovely post.

  22. Got to love estate sales! They are the best but I too would have to pass on the minature. Thanks for the tour.

  23. What a lovely blog! I really enjoyed tagging along with you on your treasure hunt excursion, I smiled all the way through.

    Thank you for sharing. Have a great holiday weekend! xo~m.

  24. Too bad you didn't find anything. Estate sales are usually a sure thing. Love those plates, I'm sure it was a good deal to someone!

  25. I've never been to a virtual garage sale before. It was a blast!
    Joyce M


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