Monday, February 21, 2005

Johnson St. - Oakhurst “Yard Sale”

In front of a craftsman bungalow were two tables of stuff as well as a selection of other things scattered about on the yard. On the tables was an assortment of swizzle sticks including ones from the Playboy club and others with an image of Jack Daniels on them. Nearby was a golf club cover in the shape of a bottle of Tabasco sauce, an unopened box of roach fogger, a wooden plaque with a picture of a monk holding a wine glass and the Cliff Notes for To Kill a Mockingbird. In a box on the ground was a number of books including “ The worst of tasteless jokes”, “The life of Rasputin”, “Down on Ponce” and “Free Money for Grad School”. Below one of the tables was a hula costume. Another costume in the yard was a biohazard protection outfit, which could be worn to a CDC get together. Also scattered about were some space heaters, a baby stroller, a boxed horse shoes game, as well as a plush sheep and a plush ewok.
I bought two wooden picture frames.

Medlock Ave. Decatur “Yard Sale”

This sale advertised in the paper was disappointing and pretty boring. On a table were a few books “Under the Tuscan Sun”, “The winner within” and a boxed set of CDs entitled “How to master your time” I also found there the channel surfing game, the remains of a big car audio system including a large amp and some speakers, two baseball gloves, a silk flower arrangements and an Epson printer for $20.
I bought nothing.

Impala Dr.- Motor Hills “Estate Sale”

Driving the distance from Melrose up to Claremont to this sale I found it strange that there were no signs of any other sales. I would have stopped at as estate sale in Toco Hills but Clare Butler warned me that it was just a moving sale without much stuff. So I avoided that bit of deceit and made my way directly to Motor Hills. The sale was inside a one-story brick Greek Revival home. The site was still rather crowded considering that it was mid morning on the second day of the sale. In the living room on some tables I found a trophy with a man and boy on it given for service to the Boys Club, near it were two bronze donkeys and a ceramic skunk. Sitting by itself on a chair was a book entitled “ The life story of Cousin Tubby Walton”. On a sofa in the same room were a number of old Archie comics. In the den also on a sofa was a selection of sheet music including “Bonaparte’s Retreat” by Pee Wee King and “Tweedle Dee” by Lavern Baker. A book of music entitled Homeland Harmony was in the same pile. In the den I also found a copy if the “Dictionary of Thoughts” and a basket of plastic fruit. In one bedroom I found a framed certificate from the Shriners, and some photographs of men in Shriners attire about to slice a cake. On the nightstand next to the bed was a small book simply entitled “Prayers”. In the back of the home was a remarkable site off the garage. Where a massive collection of canes, crutches and wheel chairs made this room resemble the rooms at shrines where miracles have happened and people have left behind their unneeded supports.

The basement was on the sparse side but I did find a copy of the “Fat Boys Book” the dedication reads “To everyone who ever turned around when they heard the call Hey Fatty” some other books included “Getting the most out of life” and “When Sorrow Comes”. Also found in the basement was an old massive comptometer, a roll top desk, a box of pencils from the Georgia Motor Club as well was the usual basement fodder such as boxes of mason jars. In a room that led to an unfinished portion of that level I make a remarkable find in an old cabinet. Among some packages of cancelled checks I discovered some daily calendar books for the years 1964, 1974 and 1975. I flipped open to 1975 to see what had happened on this date 30 years ago- “Boys club for lunch, had a little steak, bed 10:30” From 1965 I found this somber series of entries - 4/17 “Went by Dad’s he was tired from working all day gave him money and a card for Easter”
4/18 “Dad’s arm was sore”
4/19 “He was sore and feeble”
Finally on 4/21 the writer reports that dad had a stroke.

I bought nothing

Drewry St.- Virginia Highlands “ Moving Sale”

This sale was very depleted by the time I arrived and there was not much left for sale. On a table in the dining room of this well restored home were a flatbed scanner, a zip drive, and an electric tie rack. On the floor was a set of golf clubs a collapsible putter, a few books including a 1980 copy of the South America Handbook and a sword. Cindy had told me the two nights ago that if I find a sword at a sale to by one for she needed one for a sculpture she was creating. I told her I almost never see swords at sales. So she constructed on of wood. So even though she no longer needed the sword I bought it anyway since I though this was some kind of sign.
I bought the sword for $10.

Greenwood Ave – Virginia Highlands “Yard Sale”

This sale was a disorganized pile of stuff in front of a duplex. Scattered about was a first aid kit, some Xmas décor, a ceiling fan, a birdhouse, an old door and a teddy bear. In the back of a pickup truck was a three-foot high heap of clothing.
I bought nothing

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