This past weekend was our county’s largest philanthropic yard sale. Every Labor Day weekend on Friday and Saturday, the Presbyterian Church in Nevada City spends a week or so setting up for this huge 2-day fundraising sale. Because we’ve been so busy with clients and inventory we almost decided to pass on going. I’m glad we didn’t. We’ve been working hard on adding inventory to our eBay store and soon will open up our new Etsy store (still a work in progress listing items) featuring Vintage and Antique treasures.
photo courtesy: The Union
The crowd starts lining up at the gate around 7:30am. If you arrive any later, you’ll expect to walk a few blocks and get your exercise. We’ve done this before so we knew the tricks of what sections of the sale to hit first so we arrived a bit later than usual this year. We estimate at least 250-300 people are usually anxiously awaiting to get in. We always run into all the old time dealers in our area, and get an earful about their sales, their scores and the best things they’d found. Right up our alley! Knowledge is key in this business.
Long yellow ribbons stretch across the parking lot, signalling the anxiously awaiting crowd not to go further. At exactly 9am the ribbons were cut and the crowd started sprinting, running and speed walking toward the various areas. The book dealers all ran straight, into the main church lobby where thousands of donated books awaited them. The Moms with their tots in strollers sprinted off to the the left to find clothes and the right to find toys. (Ours are older and were in school) And by far the biggest group, the vintage/antique and collectible hunters, along with my husband aimed for the building to the left.
Long tables greeted us, filled to the brim filled with treasures of all sorts. I have to keep telling myself that vintage items are at least as old as my eldest son who just recently turned 21 in August. We came across everything you can imagine from everyday coffee mugs to 1984 to 19th century teacups. Kitchen blenders mixed with mid century mats. Old time canisters and silver plate flatware sets next to modern collector dolls. Quite a random mixture for all.
We always have fun prospecting for treasures and go back on the second day to eye over anything we might have missed and of course get the bargain bag deal when they yell out “Everything you can get in a bag is $1.00″. Illya did a great job of finding some really cool pieces at half price in the collectibles corner while I grabbed up some other odds and ends to add to the store.
Here’s what we found: a Ventriloquist clown, antique mantle clock, antique Kodak camera, Navajo Indian pendant w/earrings, another vintage wooden rolling pin to add to my collection, two antique metal shears, a variety of vintage soda, gasoline and comic patches –some already listed on etsy, antique original metal box with faucet washes, antique wood shaving tool, an antique set of Masterpieces of Wit and Humor books (missing #4), and lots more little treasures we’ll share over the next few weeks as we take photos and list in our stores.
Stay tuned for more great treasures…..
Can’t wait to see what stuff you found this week. Have a good week!