RRRR: estate that I am in

With a belly full of coffee and hot sauce-slathered huevos rancheros, I wasn't ready to go home quite yet. My friend in the passenger seat entrusted me to drive us wherever. This wasn't his first time in the 'Cus Bus. I'm known to fly by the seat of my romper, and I love to drive to drive.

Seafair festivities (rather, the avoidance of) kept me from straying too far from my house this weekend. So we crawled the nearby neighborhoods looking for garage and estate sales, keeping our eyes peeled for homemade cardboard signs and neon posters to guide us. Tis the season for people to be dusting the cobwebs and selling their perceived junk. I'm no thrift enthusiast, but I am extremely fascinated by objects.

A couple weekends ago, I was jogging through my neighborhood and stopped at a yard sale. The old woman running the show from her chair in the driveway, was an artist. Aside from taking some cheap art supplies off her hands, I went back with my car to haul out a beautiful antique floor lamp and two framed paintings that she made in the 70s, while suffering from insomnia, as she explained.

For $5, I am enjoying the hell out of this handsome deer:652c4240-d406-4034-9754-8621a3d81b4c_medium

Among many stops yesterday, we stumbled upon a gold mine of junk in the form of an estate sale. It appeared that the elderly owner had passed away and her kids were purging the stuff before selling the house.

A moving sale for the deceased. As though walking into a person's house during an estate sale isn't strange enough, I knew that everything I found and held and clutched to my chest, had been previously found and held and clutched by someone who no longer could.

I left this particular estate sale with several treasures that I'll admire for a long time to come. Some of them are photographed below. Perhaps someday they'll fall into the younger and appreciative hands of a person fat from a late breakfast, with an itch to explore...

These tennis rackets are in great shape, ready to play, wooden clamp frames and all

1932 World Series program (possibly a re-print) - YES I'm a CUBSFAN

Little League baseball signed by the players of the 1972 "Dodgers"

This 6-oz English mug tickles me to no end, in its simplicity and charming design

Anyone in the crowd an avid thrifter or antique hunter? Anyone find a dusty treasure in a stranger's garage this summer? What are your favorite finds from moving/garage/yard/estate sales over the years?

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