Sunday, August 31, 2008
I took the most amazing drive today. We live in Amish country, so a drive up Route 10 North to Stone Arabia and Ephratah yields spectacular farm views, Victorian churches, homesteads featuring fresh-baked elderberry pies, quilts, and Adirondack chairs and, of course, garage sales of epic proportions. So, under gorgeous azure skies, we drove through cornfields and passed Amish families in their Sunday best, their buggies and horses gleaming in the sun. We passed groups of Amish men in their black-and-white tuxedo-like finery, gathered at a home for Sunday dinner. We passed an old stone church, many beautiful farms, and came to the holy grail: a lawn sale filled to the brim with Pyrex! It was an estate sale, so the contents of a lovely old home overlooking breathtaking country views were being sold. Scattered over the lawn were mid-century modern treasures of every description. Here is what I scored:
4 mint Butterfly-pattern Pyrex mugs, with matching mug tree
1 mint small red Pyrex refrigerator container with lid
1 atomic-style Pyrex coffee carafe
1 working Oster chrome beehive blender from the 50s
1 clear mint Fireking mixing bowl
1 mint set of melamine picnicware (cups and matching
compartmentalized plates)in its original bag
4 painted wrought-iron trivets with homey sayings
1 red 50s lucite fruit bowl
Final cost: $12. And that includes a newer steel thermos that DH bought for work.
This area is a gold mine for antiquers! There are still some places in this country where garage sales are bona fide bargains sold by honest, friendly, simple folks. I love living here.
Posted by Retromodgirl at 9:23 PM