Views of the Neighborhood – City Wide Garage Sale

Views of the Neighborhood

Here we are back to the Activity Center In Lakeway for the City-Wide Garage Sale last weekend. I decided to cover the sale held here since this may be the last gathering of people for a while. I know I have done the sale before, but given the uncertainties of Covid-19, I didn’t think you would mind another go.

Views of the Neighborhood

“Can you take a quarter for this blanket?” ย The vendor looks like he might say, “No.”

I have a fascination with dishes that look like food. I’m wondering when someone will come up with food that looks like dishes.

Hey, Marylyn, you are beautiful, but a 2019 calendar may not work for me. Lots of other stuff, though. I like that bag of soap. Might come in handy, given all the handwashing that will go on.

There is a doll dress dummy that is interesting. I noticed that the red paper towel roll holder is empty. Pretty typical, I would say.

The vendor tried to run out of the photo. Trapped like a rat. That wine bucket caught my eye. Reminded me of a large restaurant where the waiter rushed out with the wine on ice. In times like these, the wine doesn’t stay around long enough to get warm. (“Sure, bring another bottle.”)

Lots of art here. “Can we really live without that pink lamp?” Don’t even mention the Emelda Marcus shoe collection. That fern needs water or a dusting. Such treasures.

Ah, the dress dummy. Every home should have one. My eye also went to the basket of phony tomatoes wrapped in cellophane. A must-have for sure.

Thanks for going along with me today. Here take this Purell. You can never be too careful. Next time we will do an outside tour.

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  1. Some great treasures for someone. I sold quite a few of those very same ice buckets in the 70s at a gift shop I worked at.

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    1. They used to be all the rage for sure. Thanks, Darlene.

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  2. For someone who enjoys flea market that looks like the place to be. I’ve never been a fan of other people’s stuff…but that’s just me. Thanks for taking us along, John. Enjoy your Sunday!

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    1. Particularly other people’s shoes.

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    2. I could never do the clothing. Thanks, Jill.

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  3. I did enjoy walking around with you today, John, as you say, probably the last for a while, especially us over 70’s.

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    1. True. Gee one more year till I have to say, “Us over 80s” ๐Ÿ˜

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      1. I didn’t know you were older than me!

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      2. I’m older than everyone it seems, ๐Ÿ˜

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      3. Shall we call you Methusala?

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      4. Call me Methusala’s dad.

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      5. I get the feeling you are enjoying your (old) age, John. This is quite rare you know…

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      6. I am enjoying it. I have survived several attempts to take me out, so I welcome each day.

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      7. Same here, I told them I’m not going anywhere!

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      8. That’s the spirit.

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  4. Looks like a lot of fun. Guess itโ€™s going to be a lot of outdoor tours now.

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    1. For the near term anyway.

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  5. That vintage tricycle caught my eye.

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    1. Little too small for me. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. Well, your response brought an startling image to mind, of a circus-like nature.

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      2. Hahaha. A very scary thought, Liz. ๐Ÿ˜

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  6. Donโ€™t worry, John. I cleaned my keyboard before typing this comment. I appreciate the leisurely pace today. Itโ€™s good to see people not in a hurry and not under stress. I hope you have an easy day.

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    1. You as well, Dan. I’m glad you cleaned your keyboard. I did the same.

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  7. Curious place, curious articles, curious people, dear John!

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    1. Curious, curious, Maria. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Excellent.
    I always like to look around these sales – and flee markets as well. You sometimes find really interesting things.

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    1. I have to agree. Nothing caught my eye this time around. Thanks, Rabirius.

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      1. It is not always successful. But sometimes it is.

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      2. I love this comment. Hahahaha The essence of life. Thank, Rabirius

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  9. I love these things! Like a huge grab bag. Our development calls it a bazaar instead of yard sale, that’s because they keep the money made!!

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    1. I enjoy going and selling. Buying? Not so much. Thanks GP.

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  10. One manโ€™s trash….nice to see something so normal right now, John. Thanks for sharing. Stay safe…

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    1. Thank you, Lori. Ithought normal would be good too. ๐Ÿ˜

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  11. This market looks better than any of our local ones, John, although I don’t visit them often and definitely not at the moment.

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    1. yes . Right now is not the time. Thanks, Robbie.

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  12. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Over here we have car boot sales and it always amazes me the things people will buy and sell.. John Howell takes us on a tour of his local city wide garage sales and there are some treasures… #recommended

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    1. Thank you for the share, Sally. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  13. Got a good giggle over your comment about the wine, John. Yesterday, I braved WalMart for stock-up groceries, and, with toilet paper flying off the shelves, the second-highest item of priority seemed to be HUGE cases of beer! I guess that’s one way of handling the fear of coronavirus contagion, huh?!

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    1. The Producer was at the story and some guy was buying eight cases of beer. I mention to her that I had a month’s supply so no need to buy more. (Four cans. is a month’s supply for me) You have to wonder. Surely the guy isn’t throwing a Coronavirus party.

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      1. HaHa, no, I think some people handle difficulties by burying their heads in the sand … or in a stiff drink!

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      2. I guess. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  14. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    What a difference a week makes. Folks are happy and leisurely walk around, so good to see. Soon, I hope, we’ll be doing this again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Yeah. I am encouraged by the news out of China. The cases have slowed and things are getting back to normal.

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  15. Saty safe!

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    1. You as well, Pit.

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  16. Good post, John. Stay safe, good sir!

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    1. You as well, John.

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  17. What always amazes me about a garage sale. Other people’s junk is someone else’s treasure. stay well, John.

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    1. That is the wonder of it all, Michelle. Thank you.

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  18. Lots of interesting things there, John. But now you should stay home – don’t want you catching this nasty bug!

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    1. So true, Noelle. Thank you.

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  19. Well that was a fun break!!! I must have those watermelon plates!!! I love them! Good thing I wasn’t there in person, else I’d be coming home with several things that I don’t need! Thanks, John!

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    1. Seems garage sales are for buying things we don’t need. Thanks, Jill.

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      1. Heh heh … I get rid of my junk and you increase yours. A year later, you sell the same junk at a yard sale, and player #3 buys it. A year later … well, you get the picture. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      2. There must be some kind of rolling junk theory that you have described here. LOL. Thanks. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      3. Old junk never dies … it only gets recycled.

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      4. Or, as they say … ‘One man’s junk is another man’s treasure’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  20. Someone already beat to me to the comment that one person’s junk is another person’s treasure. I’m in the process of clearing out my loft and could probably have filled that entire venue!

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    1. Hahahaha. I think that Afgan AK47 over in the corner will bring a fine price.

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      1. Ssh! I wasn’t going to tell anyone about that ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. Oops. Sorry. Does that mean you don’t want to sell that sholder mount rocket either?

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  21. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    I have always enjoyed garage sales and this one looked fun. Pancakes kindof look like dishes:)

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    1. Yeah they do. Thanks, Denise. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  22. I love finding stuff at these sales. Dishes that look like fruit huh? Never would have guessed that about you.

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    1. I’m just sayin’

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  23. I see a few goodies in there; the little red bicycle, that big bird cage, and the glass bowl. Better not take me shopping, John, lol

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    1. Hahahaha. See I missed all those goodies.

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  24. I love community garage sales. I saw several items that I would have bought – oh, I’m trying to get rid of stuff! What temptations!

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  25. A roomful of kitsch is always a fun walk!

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    1. DON”T Touch anything.

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  26. Lol! I LOVE garage sales, especially when a whole neighborhood is involved. You picked out some great things to showcase, John! Did you leave with anything? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I did not buy or touch anythng. For some reason nothing really caught my eye. Thanks, Jan.

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  27. Donโ€™t miss the drum on that table. You can bang on it whenever your wine bucket is empty.

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    1. Careful. That may be a rainmaker drum. Don’t need thunderheads inside the house.

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      1. Ha ha. It waters down the ice.

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  28. petespringerauthor · ·

    My mother-in-law moved into an assisted living home in the last year, John. We are renting out her home to help pay for her care. Quite naturally, she had accumulated a lot of stuff after 90+ years. We ended up having a type of estate sale at her house to prepare for the renters, and then either gave away or threw away the rest. What struck me the most were the shoppers who wouldn’t pay $2.00 for something and offered $1.00 instead. It’s crazy to think that our lives come down to that.

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    1. I know wht you mean. We participated in this sale last year and we actualy marked all the items taht were $2.00 or less double so we could say “sure” when someone asked if we would take half of the price. Sold everything. Thanks for sharing, Pete.

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  29. I felt like I was right there with you, wandering from table to table, LOL.

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    1. Hahaha. Thank you, Mae. Here have some sanitizer. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  30. I have a black paper towel holder exactly like that red one you pointed out. I must say, you have higher-quality “stuff” at these sales than we have around here. Of course, in my neighborhood, you’re as likely to find an old anchor or a length of galvanized chain as anything else. You don’t need a half-dozen cans of Rustoleum, by any chance?

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  31. […] stories based on blog posts I read this weekend. I got that idea after reading John Howellโ€™s โ€œViews of the Neighborhoodโ€ post (it was hard not to type โ€œBourbonโ€ after John Howellโ€™s). Johnโ€™s post included a […]

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  32. You can find some of the oddest things at garage sales – thanks for the tour, John!

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    1. Thank you Teri. ๐Ÿ˜

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  33. Interesting stuff, John. Here they have the Thieves Market. I read a girl had to go and buy back her brother’s bicycle. Take care. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. That seems ironic doesn’t it? Thanks, Suzanne.

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  34. It never fails to amaze me what people will sell and buy! If the TV antique programmes are anything to go by, old, battered enamel signs are the thing that sells. Also battered old suitcases, too. I went to an auction once where there were some really nice things. What sold? Old wooden boxes! (Not nice ones, all varnished and ready for some trinkets, but ones that had evidently been used for deliveries of something or other.

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    1. Thank you for the comment Viv. What you say is so true and I’m at a loss to explain it. ๐Ÿ˜

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  35. Good thing you got there before everything closed down. Are you sure you donโ€™t want that pink lamp? Stay well, John.

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    1. The pink lamp is tempting, Jennie. I think I will pass.

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      1. Haha! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  36. Ohhhh! I love me a good garage/yard sale! ๐Ÿ™‚

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