Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Paltry Pickings in East York

I'm ashamed to call myself the Yardsale Snoop these days. I have been trying, don't get me wrong. Apart from the fact that I sleep in a little on Saturdays, I do get out on my bike and have been hitting the street and rummage sales hard. The demographics of my neighbourhood have changed drastically since we bought our house 14  years ago. There aren't so many older people anymore. It's mostly younger people trying to get rid of baby gear. Anyway, I have picked up a few good things in the past few weeks. Here are some of the highlights. 

Duncan discovered this galvanized aluminum windmill. It looks old, but had a Made in China sticker on it. It was bought at the Main Street Street Sale four $5.00. 

 I bought this very old farm saw a few weeks back at the Monarch Park Street Sale. A 30-ish man sold it to me for $10.00. He told me that he lived on a farm once and found this saw in a barn. I love it. 

Believe it or not, but I carried it home on my bike and came close to sawing my leg off. Surgery has come a long way since the Civil War.

 Here's a tin that pretty on the inside and out. 

Here's a photo album and Greek paper clip. 

Always handy in a classroom or at home. 

 The local Anglican church had their parking lot sale yesterday. I always reluctantly go because the prices are always too high. It's one of those sales where people in the community can rent a table for $20 to get rid of their over-priced junk. Believe it or not, the only good things I found were these vintage Christmas stickers. They don't make the lick 'n stick stickers anymore. I got the two packs for .25 - a true East York deal!

All the Buildings in New York

A James Gulliver Hancock rendering.

I read an article in today's Toronto Star about Australian illustrator James Gulliver Hancock who is determined to sketch every building in New York. Click here for a link to his blog. Click here for a link to the star article. I love the look of his sketches. You can tell that a lot of love has gone into the project. 

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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.