Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Bug


Never underestimate the power of a woman with a newspaper,  a map, and a wallet full of small bills on a Saturday morning.
~Unknown


Heaven help me! I've caught the June Bug!

It's that time of year when garage sales and yard sales and estate sales flourish.  The weather is gorgeous and there is savings in the air.  And I suppose dollars in the wind (but let's not think about that!).

I have been scouring the internet and the newspaper (yes, we still get the newspaper) for all the above sales.  I'm making a list and checking it twice.  My husband has the job of mapping them out to determine the quickest way to get from sale A to sale B and so on.  I have a NEED for SPEED when I am down with the June Bug. There is an adrenaline rush to get to the "good stuff" before anyone else.  I know that is really silly because most of the time there really isn't any "good stuff" but I get all feverish just the same ~ not quite Black Friday madness fever but more than a Back to School sale.

Last Friday, I woke up feeling something wasn't right.  I started to get that scavenger itch and I needed to scratch it.  Camomile lotion wasn't going to soothe my inflamed condition....

My husband and I had an appointment in the big city on Friday afternoon and we decided to head in early to visit two different estate sales.  We arrived just in time as my eyes started to glaze over from this terminal illness.  This sale had started earlier that morning and most of the big furniture pieces were sold already.  I could not believe the prices!  I had to ask my husband if he saw the same numbers I did ~ I feared I had become delirious ~ but the prices were correct.  The prices were so reasonable!

A beautiful grandfather clock was only $300!  Thankfully, it had a SOLD sign on it as we would have bought it on the spot.  And do I really need to hear DING DONG DING DONG every hour on the hour?  I've already a cuckoo clock.

There was a lovely rose pink settee with two matching chairs not yet sold.  I considered it for a moment but honestly I don't really have the room for them.  There was a beautiful complete set of blue and white china dishes and serving pieces.  They were a bit fancy for me but I did enjoy looking at them.

My medications of choice ended up being:

a victorian parasol/umbrella for $4.00.  It has a beautiful wood handle.  I'm confused (now don't laugh!) whether it is a parasol or an umbrella because the fabric is so delicate and doesn't feel weather resistant.  I need to take a walk in the rain to discover its mysteries.

two soft silky pink floral pillowcases for $2.00.  I am always excited to find quality pillowcases.  With family and friends visiting often, I use a lot of pillowcases!

a medium size lacy crochet tablecloth for $7.00.  It's very nice and will look perfect on my mahogany drop leaf table.

I almost bought... a very unusual painting of two adorable gnomes riding on a flying goose.  Some gnomes are creepy but these were not.  The painting had a pretty frame and was reasonably priced at $7.00.  Maybe next time.

The other estate sale was not as interesting though I did walk away with a sweet country wood bench for $5.00.  It now sits on my front porch with a red lantern placed on one end.

As you can imagine, the June bug just wore me out and a much needed nap was in order.

It's now Thursday evening and I'm feeling a little tickle at the back of my throat.  Yep, it's the June bug.

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12 comments:

  1. I start feeling that way on Thursdays also, Gina, because Friday nights generally mean an auction for us. None this week though. :( I want to start looking for estate sales...I've found such great bargains at the auctions though...a $1,000 glass pitcher with a silver plated top which I paid $10 for. :)

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    1. Dianna, I've never been to an auction before. I wonder if there is a website that gives you all the do's and don'ts. xo

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  2. You make me giggle, Gina. I can just see you forging through unknown territory in search of that must-have find. The rose settee does sound lovely....but it seems as if you went home with some treasures. The little wood bench sounds as if it was a bargain and as for your pretty umbrella, perhaps you should keep it from the rain. =)

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    1. Kim, I may just open the umbrella in the house and then sprinkle a bit of water on it and see what happens. It is heavy like an umbrella so I think it is meant to be one.

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  3. I have never heard it called the JUNE BUG.....now I know why I want to pull over at Yard Sales. It is out of my control.lol

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    1. Arlene, shhh... I made it up! ♥

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  4. Oh I just love yards sales, flea markets and more! Sounds like you found some goo deals! Have a great weekend!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Have a wonderful weekend as well.

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  5. I used to get those bugs often but no more. The older you get, the less you need.

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    1. LV, I understand. I am very careful not to buy too much. I'm looking forward to an estate sale this coming Friday that has a lot of outside garden benches, bird houses etc.

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  6. I agree going to the sales is so much fun, you just never know what goodies you might find and that is the fun of it all, when you get something for a good price that is just icing on the cake, I get the same way all worked up trying to get there early :) Sounds like you found some great stuff!

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    1. Connie, we went to a nice estate sale yesterday. I will post about it this week. Stay tuned! xo

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