A Very Good Day for Junk

Susan and MKA–A couple of cupcakes!

Mermaid Madam Diane and her junk haul

My sweet new armchairs

Oh, it was a fine, fine day on Saturday. I met Diane of Mermaid Cottages, and Susan of Seaside Sisters at the ungawdly hour of 6:30 a.m. We motored into Savannah to hit the laundry list of sales I’d compiled by cross-referencing Craigslist, The Pennysaver and The Savannah Morning News. Of course, we had to make the ritualistic drive-by at Krispy-Kreme Doughnuts. I put $3 in the police charity collection can to appease the junk gods, and apparently, it worked. Who knows what would have happened if I’d dropped a fiver??? We got to the first place on the list, an estate sale, early. And the junkin’ mojo had already kicked in because the guy running the sale let us in 15 minutes EARLY. And he was a pro! Diane scored a gorgeous wing chair and matching slipcovered ottoman for $80. And the fabric was spotless and just her colors. I snagged a great turquoise McCoy mixing bowl, with only a piddlin’ little chip on the lip for two bucks. Also a couple cute straw hats to leave at The Breeze. And so it went. Turns out it was the Ardsley Park neighborhood-wide sale. Ardsley Park is a beautiful in-town Savannah community that was the city’s first “suburb” when lots began selling there in the 1920s or thereabouts. At another sale, I scored another beach cruiser–this one isn’t new, but it’s got double saddle-bag baskets, and it was only $20! Perfect for a run to the Tybee Market when the parking lot is too crowded to drive. Susan bought an adorable wicker bassinet on a stand that she can use as display at Seaside Sisters. At another sale, we were the first to arrive. Susan took a five-second look around the yard and bought a vintage 7-piece wrought iron patio set–for peanuts. Oh yeah, we had to make two more trips with a borrowed truck and van to get everything. I got a snazzy little vintage Tom Thumb child’s cash register, which will go in Maisy’s Daisy. For the past month or so, I’ve been looking for a pair of comfy armchairs that I could put in front of the bookcases at The Breeze Inn. At another sale I found THE pair. They’re brand new, on casters, so they can be moved around, and they’re muslin with adorable striped slipcovers. I paid more than I usually do, but I think I was justified because they’re perfect as-is. Diane bought a great squishy sofa at that same sale, and enough kitchenware to outfit a couple kitchens in her cottages. At another sale, I bought a trio of stacking silverplated cake stands–for $20. Not old, but good-looking. And so it went. We ended the day with yummy lunch from Back in the Day, a great retro bakery/restaurant on Bull Street in Midtown Savannah. All in all, it was a very good day with good friends, and a very good day for junk. …