Have you ever gone yard saling? Some places call them tag sales or garage sales, but whatever you call them there are some treasures to be found. As the old saying goes...what is one person's garbage is another person's treasure. What's the best bargain you've ever found at a garage sale or thrift store?
I think mine would have to be a steamer trunk I bought from the early 1900's. I have always loved old trunks and collected several over the years...mostly at yard sales. One day I was out looking for sales and stopped at one early in the morning. It was a man selling all kinds of household items at quite reasonable prices. He said something about
a divorce, she was gone that day and he was clearing out the house. Yikes! But who was I to just let someone else get those good buys. People were arriving and items were leaving.
I saw a trunk and decided I was going to have it. I took a peak into it at the sale, saw it was full of papers and pictures, shut the lid, paid the $20 and got outta there quickly. I couldn't stand to wait until I got home to look at what was in there. It was full of personal letters, pictures and documents from a lady who lived in the early 1900. Her college diploma was in there along with teaching contracts and such from around 1908 - 1914. Also were letters sent and received while she was traveling on the Lusitania. There was even a couple of 'Dance Cards" with the pencils still attached. And if I remember right they were full.
Can't remember all of the items right now but I did try for a very long time to track down a relative. I would like to return the documents and pictures to them as I feel that's where they belong. Someone would love to have them I'm sure. But no luck so far...may try again some day. I was looking at some of the post cards a few days ago, ones that were unused, and decided to research it. It's a photo postcard from the maybe 1905-1910 and is of a log cabin in a wooded setting. Under the picture says "Original Cabin, The Berry School, Rome, Ga. I found them online and they have a very similar picture to mine in their history section. So, I emailed a staff member to see if they 'd like some of these post cards. Hopefully he'll give me a name and address so they can enjoy this part of their history. It doesn't mean anything to me and likely will to them. My pictures seem older than theirs. Sure hope I hear back...
Have you ever gotten something really fun, valuable, interesting at a yard sale? It doesn't have to be like mine at all...but something that has a fun story with it. Oh, I do remember another.....OK, enough!!!
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