Saturday, May 29, 2010

Main Street Street Sale

Every year I take Duncan to the Main Street Street Sale. The best part of this sale is north of Lumsden. It's about a ten minute bike ride from where we live in East York. The residents of this street are best categorized as an eclectic community ranging from young couples, single hipsters, retirees, and even the local Communist Party candidate. Don't ask me how I know this. I am the Yard Sale Snoop!
There was very little in the way of vintage treasures, but I did score this lovely old biscuit tin from London. It's covered with romantic images from London town. I asked the seller how much she wanted for it and she said, "Just give me a quarter." Sold!
Trafalgar Square at Christmas graces the top of the tin. Ahh, makes me want to go back to my husband's home town.
I could tell by the weight and rattles that it came with some things inside.
It was used as a sewing basket.
I found some old Woolcrest buttons. Anyone else remember Woolworths? There's not much in the way of mid-price department stores. I miss the old days.
I also found these brass Royal Canadian Air Force buttons and some other military brass buttons with horses on them.
There's a family that always sell good-quality kids' stuff at the Main Street Street Sale. The mother always remembers us. I bought this Airplane Play Tent for my class next year for $5.00. I can't really talk about changes on the horizon with my job yet, but I'll share soon. It's all good, as they say.
This will be a reading tent for literacy centres. School should be fun.
She also sold me these games. The one on the left is a Leap Frog style math game that she bought in France. What I'd give to be able to say, "I picked that up in France." The computer on the right is for spelling games. It will go at the word study centre. I got the two pieces for $15. Not everything will always be dirt cheap at garage sales, but I'm still happy.
Last year, Duncan was a pumpkin for Halloween. I bought it at a rummage sale for $1.oo. Next year, he'll be Thomas, whom he loves. This was $3.00. I would like to make his costumes by hand, but it's hard to find time when you're working.
The Communist lady sold us the squeezy giraffe puppet and two Playmobil guys for .75.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice finds but I think the old London tin with the buttons is the best! I do remember Woolworths! It was a great store!


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I'm a slightly off-beat Toronto-area teacher who enjoys writing and photography. I come from a family of collectors and now I'm dragging my own family around to yard sales. It's just a bit of fun. Enjoy the scenes.