Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Saturday 5/17/08

I have fallen behind on my biking so I was happy this morning to find I could visit a substantial number of sales by pedaling. I was able to hit six sites but later in the day I visited a few more by car.

Page Ave. - Candler Park “Yard Sale”

My first stop was a small sale on the grassy yard of a brick Tudor bungalow. Among there stuff was a selection of computer components that looked like they were barely used but still outdated, a small replica of the bell of the Titanic, a pair of Perrier Jouet champagne flutes in an elaborate gift box, candles, a broken bugle, a metal wine rack, a Cross pen set and a pair of beer mugs with an inscription that read “nothing is better for a case of nerves than a case of beer”. Among some books were “The New New Thing”, “Change Monster”, “The Frugal Gourmet”, “Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister”, “Sap Netweaver for Dummies”, “real Change Leaders”, “Atlas Shrugged” and “Who’s Your Caddy”
I bought nothing.

Replica of bell from nautical disaster.

Mclendon Ave – Candler Park “Yard Sale”

I pedaled up Mclendon Ave. carefully avoiding some fast moving traffic to this slightly larger sale. Here in a fenced in yard I found a couple looking over a well-arranged selection of clutter. As I approached they were telling a friend of the early birds who came to their door at 7:30 while they attempted to bring things out. They said more than half of what they put out was already sold but with camera in hand I surveyed what remained. On the ground I found a box that said “artichoke décor - $2”. Inside was what appeared to be far too bright green dried artichokes. On close inspection I could not tell if they were real or faux replicas made in some distant Chinese factory. Other stuff scattered about included a wide selection of bright plastic toys, an electric potato peeler, a fondue set shaped like a Hershey’s Kiss, a selection of women’s clothing and jewelry some caps and a toy vacuum cleaner. In a box of books I found the following titles “Around the World in 80 Dates”, “Courage for the Chicken Hearted”, “Asking for Trouble”, “Keeping the Love You Find”, “You Just Don’t Understand” and “You Are What You Think”.

I bought nothing.

Real or faux? Box of artichoke decor.

AustinAve. - Inman Park “Party Yard Sale”

I found no party at this sale I don’t know if I was too early or too late. The sale was in back of a large frame home but the sellers appeared to reside in the carriage house at the end of the driveway. Here two younger men poked around putting stuff in some sort of order. I found two boogie boards, some VHS tapes, some bedclothes, an unopened gift set of jams and jellies and a lot of old rock cds. Appearing very much out of place were several men’s dress shirts and ties. These objects of apparel appeared as thought they were never worn. Perhaps they were gifts from relatives hoping these young men would get real jobs,
I bought nothing.

No sign of a party here.

Lake Ave. – Inman Park – “Multifamily Garage Sale”

This is the second year this large infill development near the old Mead plant has had a sale. I recognized a few objects that I had seen in the prior event. Most notable was a 78 album of Cantorial singing and a pair of modern bright orange barstools. Other stuff could have been here but most of it was so tedious that I would have to look over last years photos with a magnifying glass to see what other leftovers were being offered for sale again. The sale seemed smaller than last year with fewer opened garages revealing the clutter of new homes. Among some of the finds here were two carved woodened chickens, a pair of antique washboards, three serving pieces shaped like fish and a painting of a martini with the word joy over it it.
I bought nothing.

salute to martini and other art found in new development.

Another dog poses among the clutter.

Sterling Ave. – Candler Park “Yard Sale”
This was a smaller sale with a large selection of toys gathered in front of an old frame bungalow. The clutter was watched over by a man and his son. In addition to the toys was some Halloween costumes and décor items, some games, and some kitchen stuff.
I bought nothing.

Oakdale Ave. – Candler Park “Yard Sale”
I made this final stop before pedaling home at a sale in front of a 1950’s apartment building. Here were a few tables with books, a tennis racket in need of stringing, some faux flowers, a few small figurines and a brunette wig.
I bought nothing.

Clutter found on Oakdale.

By Car

Later that morning while driving indirectly to the Kroger and Lowe’s I stopped at some other nearby sales.

Sutherland Terrace – Lake Claire “Multi Family Sale”

Finding two infill development sales in the same weekend is a bit much, but here where large detached homes were erected over the site of a former section eight apartment complex I found evidence of a minor baby boom. Of the four sales here each had a multitude of children and baby items. It was apparent that these households did not just have children but three or four children each. And they appeared to have endowed their children with whatever money can buy. But now were selling these thing perhaps to afford more children. Among the clutter was a massive inflatable playscape, a pile of car seats, an array of strollers, bicycles, piles of plastic toys and mounds of plush toys. America’s future rest in intown redevelopments.
I bought nothing.

Evidence of a baby boom in in-fill development.

Annison Pl. – Kirkwood “Yard Sale”

This was a far cry from the prior event as a single man looked over a bunch of stuff a single man would own, arrayed in his front yard. The most notable thing about this sale was the prominent signage. The seller had placed very large distinct price signs on nearly every item on display. Some of the signs dwarfed the actual objects being sold. Among the stuff were a camping stove, some small picture frames, a carved wooden hat and a few pieces of old furniture and a framed print of a riverboat cruising toward Chattanooga.
I bought nothing.

Carved wooden hat.

Flora Ave. - Edgewood “Yard Sale”

This was the most interesting sale of the morning. The centerpiece of this event was a decrepit motorcycle being offered for free. Around it in the yard of this older bungalow were piles of clothing, a framed print of leopard, an old classroom map of the world, a Marshall amp, some children’s and infant’s items, a shop vac, a large gas heater and several doors of unknown origin. On the porch was more clothing, a few books and VHS tapes and a box of gift-wrap bows. In the pile of books was a copy of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”
I bought the world map for fifty cents.

The world for a half dollar.