If only I lived in...
Texas I could visit the antique fairs at Roundtop and Marburger.
Or maybe the southeast part of the US , I'd travel the World's Longest Garage Sale route, spotting treasures near and far.
Perhaps Ohio or Georgia, the upcoming Country Living Fair.
Pasadena I could be queen of the flea EVERY month at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.
And of course in the early summer in Spokane, I wouldn't miss the Farm Chicks.
But... I don't. I live in the Northwest part of Washington (state that is) and seriously, one of my favorite shopping adventures of the year is also for a wonderful cause and start bright and early tomorrow. It's the Lydia Place Annual Garage Sale. This will be my 5th year attending this worth while event. By paying a $10 fee, you can get in an hour "early" and beat the crowds.
Over the last four years I have found some wonderful treasures here. The first year I just came home with a vintage rolling pin and one of those oversized, copper Martha Stewart cookie cutters - I got both for $3.00!
The second year I got a fabulous vintage enameled tin coffee pot, a beautiful vintage straw purse and loads of vintage Christmas decorations. My daughter found vintage jewelry, an oilcloth Harrod's (of London) shopping bag and a really cool vintage travel bag... you know those cool bags that airlines and travel agencies gave out back in the 60's.
The third year I went by myself and found a wonderful cement chicken (very chippy) for $1! Of course I had to lug the thing around while I shopped... and it probably weighs 20 pounds!
My fourth year (last year) I got one of those Bakelite, clip on your bed frame, vintage lights... so cool. My sister-in-law scored a LL Bean canvas bag for $3!
Of course I've also gotten vintage sewing notions, needles, vintage/antique holiday decorations, pictures, dishes, glasses... you name it.