Just a reminder that every week on Thursday nights I post upcoming antique and vintage events on the right side of my blog main page. Before last weekend (June 7-8) I was advertising an upcoming Alta Vista area sale. I totally checked it out!
I was barely even a minute into the neighbourhood of Alta Vista this past Saturday when I started to become distracted by all the neon signs, arrows and cars (bad drivers lol) as far as the eye could see. Apparently everyone was putting stuff out on their lawn and it was epic.
We parked the car and travelled by foot. The first sale I went to I got this classy yet country serving tray. I was surprised when the guy said it was $1, I didn’t even bargain this time around. This tray boasts some hen imagery and is signed by H.Arndt. After doing some research I was left a bit empty handed but think this image may have been created by an artist by the name of Hermina Arndt. I have come across plates with the same image on it selling between $20-$30. I am curious how much my new sturdy tray is worth.
After a few turns we found ourselves in the mansion-filled few blocks and unfortunately came out of those parts with notta. Back to the main drag we went.
There was this adorable 1.5 storey home and a whole ton of antiques out front. To my dismay the man had jacked up his prices to market value because he knew what all his little treasures were worth. It was okay as I did a bit of bargaining and ended up with these horse book ends for $8. These vintage carved stone agate onyx horse head book ends can sell online for between $30-$85 depending on their condition and if they are a matching set or not.
Next door also proved to be profitable as I scored this $5 table (seen a little further down in post) which I have future plans of refinishing. The lady said it had been in her family forever.
The book covers everything including hand tool woodworking, wood finishing and power tools. I will let you know what new things I learn as I get through the chapters.
All this to say that this Alta Vista Garage Sale sure was awesome.
Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.