I’d heard about it. I’d even walked past it on the way to another event. But it wasn’t until this past weekend when someone dragged me to it that I actually went into Austin’s Citywide Garage Sale.
And I think it took all of about 30 seconds from walking in the door to be absolutely hooked! First, there were the tables piled high with vintage linens, from quilts to hand-embroidered pillowcases. Then there were the primitives…furniture, metal wheels, and so much more, all rich with patina and worn with use. And as if that wasn’t enough, there were the kitschy collectibles, that just begged me to stop and look.
Everything was tempting…and yes, I do mean EVERYTHING! It took a lot of willpower to keep my wallet safely tucked away (well, most of the time!) But even browsing and chatting with the vendors was a blast. Even kids I saw were having a great time checking out the “old stuff”, and asking questions. And if they find something they like, it could be a chance to start them on a collection of their own.
Best thing of all? This is not a once a year event! It happens every month! And with the low admission fee ($5.00 and kids under 12 are free!), it’s a guilty pleasure I can afford over and over again. Want to make it even cheaper? Sign up for their e-mail list, and you’ll knock a dollar off your admission!