The last two weekends have been the BEST for one of my favorite activities - looking at and purchasing old items to turn into new treasures! In other words, junking!
Weekend before last, the town of Purcellville held its annual Town-wide Tag Sale. This event has really grown over the years. It used to be that sellers would line up along the side of the road and you'd have to gingerly squeeze your car into any open spot you could find to park, then risk opening your door and exiting your car. Now, it's much better with designated areas in town, such as large parking lots, where multiple yard sales take place. There are still plenty of sales in folks' yards too, they are just in safer locations, like neighborhoods, and not along the main road. Still, caution must always be used when dealing with a bunch of Saturday morning bargain hunters. We do get a teensy bit crazy at times!
My daughter and I took the two little ones and walked and walked and, oh my God, walked! I ended up purchasing 4 black wrought iron bistro-style patio chairs and can't wait to go fabric shopping to find the perfect design to recover the seats in. This will dictate what color I paint the chairs. I may do them in pairs, or maybe even all four in a different style. ooOOOooo! That's an interesting idea! I also purchased a rather large oval-shaped ottoman, which I will recover. I'm thinking a light weave, such as muslin, with a French-themed transfer. Wow! I just got all tingly! See? I told you we can get a bit carried away! In addition, I purchased a bust of some Roman or Greek god person (don't you just love details?) and at this fab consignment shop, I got two of those round, bolster pillow thingies, perfect for my neck and brand new! That's where I saw a great pair of western boots that for the life of me, I can't figure out why I didn't try on. I may have to go back soon and see if they're still available. I can't live in flip flops forever, you know. The weather has changed and my feet are starting to dislike the chill.
Along the way, we picked up a few books and toys for the kiddos, looked, laughed and generally had a great time. The weather was perfect and although I was totally exhausted by the time I got home, it was well worth it.
Last Friday, the Rummage Sale once again opened its doors and I couldn't have been happier! I look forward to this event all year. It is hosted by the Hospital Ladies Auxiliary Board and raises money for infants and other causes related to the hospital. I really love the ladies there; they are such hard workers! Most of them are probably in their 70's, but they work for 3 days, sorting and displaying all the donations, then spend another two full days working the event! They sure have more energy than I do! The leftovers go to other charities, and so the giving is passed forward. It does my heart good to give to this organization and I always pay a little more than they are asking.
So, I wonder what this weekend will bring? More yard sales? A craft festival? Cleaning out my garage so I can have my yard sale? Yep, my money's on that last one. That's ok; I can have fun digging through my own stuff!