Back with another episode of junking finds! We went to a little country town called Florala, Alabama, so called because it’s practically on the state line between Alabama and Florida. It’s claim to fame is a big lake, and we were privileged to be camped lakeside. I really enjoyed the sunset views with Spanish moss floating in gentle breezes beside the lake.
No trip is complete for me without visiting whatever thrift stores I can find, and even an estate sale we happened upon.
Estate Sale Finds
I didn’t know what to expect, but this sale was just a mite expensive and very picked over.
3 Wallet size vintage picture frames~$3.00 Available
Vintage Navy Faux Alligator Box Purse~$4.00 Available.
Isn’t this a gorgeous trash can? Brass-plated on all 4 sides and made in England~$5.00
Eek! I hated to pay what they were asking for this cute plant stand! $7.50. It’s pretty small at just 13″T x 9.25″W. It would be perfect in vignettes or even a table arrangement. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one this small, but it’s cute and different.
This was my favorite find of the day…a handcrafted wooden desk box. I’m enjoying it until I sell it. $7.50
Lucky for me, the little town of Florala is just loaded with antique shops and flea market malls. It’s worth a stop if you have some time and are headed that way.
Thrift Store Finds and Flea Markets
The glass jar below is unusually large at 9.5″T. In fact, I’ve never seen one this large. I have a customer looking for jars of this type, but this was a bit too big for her. I feel sure I can sell it anyway. $5.00
I don’t sell many ash trays. Maybe it’s because there aren’t as many smokers anymore. I don’t know, but I couldn’t resist this collectible pig ash tray by MA Hadley for only $1.00. Available.
Vintage Folding Knitting totes are things I always buy when I can find them in good shape. $3.00
I don’t often run across too much melamine either. I couldn’t resist this adorable set…so vintage and mid-century modern. As the old saying goes about antiquing…Mama threw it away & I’m buying it back.
I hated to pay what they were asking though….$5.00 for both Available
Only time will tell as to whether these 5 cafeteria trays were a dud buy or not. $3.99 for 5. You just never know.
A Curbside Find
I was dying to rescue this old discarded piano on the roadside, but who can pick up a piano?
There’s tons of history in Florala and if you’re passing through on your way to Florida, stop and drive around this lovely old Southern town.
We were camping this trip as we usually do when we go out of town. And it seems that no trip is totally problem-free. The day we arrived, we had just a bit of trouble finding the campground. GPS didn’t seem to know where it was either. By the time hubby had driven about 3 miles down a bumpy dirt road in this,
…we were beginning to think we might not be in the right place. And if it looks lo-o-n-n-ng, it is! 37 feet to be exact. We realized we took a wrong turn, and imagine the difficulty turning around one of these big babies on a narrow, one-lane dirt road! It’s not like you can look in the rearview mirror. There is a backup camera, but you’re basically backing blind. The woman is usually outside directing man where to go so he won’t hit a tree.
So we have this same discussion every time we travel. I’m sure it’s very comical to watch.
“Stand where I can see you in the mirror,” he says.
“If I stand where you can see me, I can’t see where you’re going.” And it’s true. Walkie talkies help a lot, but we usually don’t take the time to get them out and actually turn them on. Sigh.
“Give me the traditional signals.” Translation: some kind of signals men use when they’re directing aircraft. Excuse me, I’m not an auto mechanic or an aircraft mechanic.
You would think saying “Whoa!” and “Stop!” are universal enough.
So I’m out there hollering whoa and stop and waving my arms and it does absolutely no good at all.
That was the first incident, which really wasn’t an incident. It’s pretty much standard when driving a motorhome.
The 2nd incident was about a week later. Our awning was out when up came a blustery wind from nowhere. I no sooner called, “Gary, the awning!” It took off like a balloon and landed on top of the motorhome, puncturing an air conditioner cover, shower cover, and bending all the arms and hardware to the tune of $1700. Luckily the insurance will cover most of it. Just another thing you have to watch out for when you have a motorhome, trailer, or anything else with an awning. And if it’s not the awning, it’s something else. However, they’re lots of pluses, and we really enjoy this mode of travel.
For more motorhome stories, you might enjoy this~Worst RV Nightmare and Vintage Motorhome Tour.
A Mystery Item
And what in the heck is it? (I didn’t buy it.)
That’s it. Which one was your favorite?
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