The Garage Sale Trail

The gorgeous Ainead has been such a temptress. Every other week, she’d share her garage sale loot on Instagram and she has such a good eye. We share similar tastes, so I might be biased. She told me about the Australia wide Garage Sale Trail on Saturday and we immediately knew we had to hook up to do it together.

Our first garage sale that day opened at 6am, which meant a 5am wake up call (no snooze button). Ainead generously offered to pick me up at the ripe early hour of 5:40am, so I kissed the still-sleeping SO goodbye and perched myself outside to start the day of bargain hunting.

Garage Sale Trail 2013

Our first garage sale was probably my favourite one of the day. It was advertised as being run by a ‘CLOTHES HOARDER EXTRAORDINAIRE’ and she wasn’t kidding. Her double garage was absolutely stuffed with clothes – all well organised according to what they were: skirts along one wall, pants on another, jackets, baby clothes, etc.

And the best bit – everything was $1. I picked up 5 vintage dresses, which is a total bargain. One has a large rip just above the hem, so I’ll have to take it up about 3 inches, but that’ll only have it up to my knee.

Garage Sale Trail 2013

Ainead really scored at the 2nd garage sale. The lady had worked in theatre productions and had all manner of vintage patterns and magazines, dating back all the way till the 1920s. I picked up a ziplock bag of accessories for $3, a bag of vintage buttons for $2 and a dress pattern.

Garage Sale Trail 2013

My best buy was one Ainead encouraged me not to put down – a handmade white cotton dress. The neck hole is only just wide enough for my head to fit through, the left sleeve had come undone, and there are two stains I cannot remove (red on the bodice and green on the hem). While it is one of my most expensive items of the day and was the most in need of repair, its faults were easy for me to remedy and its condition is otherwise perfect.

Oh, and I didn’t forget about the SO. I picked up a Vera Wang-Wedgewood collaboration silver wine coaster for $25. It retails for about AUD$70. The SO was stoked.

Of course there were disappointments. Ainead had high hopes for the garage sale held at a Uniting Church, which touted would have stuff from deceased estates. We both hoped it would be chockers full of vintage clothes and homewares. I came away with 2 teacups & saucers ($2), a glass cloche with wood base ($2.50), 2 skirts and a blouse ($15). But it still wasn’t the vintage Nirvana either of us had hoped it would be.

Garage Sale Trail 2013

Garage Sale Trail 2013

Garage Sale Trail 2013

And one garage sale wasn’t even open and we drove away in disappointment.

We hit up a total of 12 sales and I spent less than $100 that day – not bad pickings considering I had $200 in my wallet as the day’s spending budget.

What about you? Did you join in on the Garage Sale Trail as a seller or buyer last weekend?