Once in a while you come across a garage sale that makes you say, "Yes! This is exactly why I venture out of the house so early on Saturday mornings!" We found one of those today. Tiny house, lovely East side Costa Mesa neighborhood, and a driveway full of treasure boxes. I mean...the Barbies alone were like a trip to a museum. There were Barbie ornaments, Barbie books, Barbie accessories, Barbie clothes and Barbie cases. None of these Barbies came home with either of us, but I was tempted! I could play with Barbies for days when I was a kid!
What did come home was books. I can't resist books from Everyman's Library. Something about them just appeals to me: the feel of the pages and the beautiful, classic bindings. I found two of those today. One of these books is full of beautiful little sketches from the south of France. Here's a Willa Cather I've never heard of, and Stiff by Mary Roach, a book my brother raves about with the awesome subtitle The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Carol was very patient with me while I dug through boxes. I ended up with thirteen books and an old volume of Boogie Woogie for piano for a grand total of $10. Ten dollars! The Tim Burton is a catalog of his recent show at MOMA that was worth twice that and was still wrapped up in plastic! But the piece de resistance, the creme de la creme was Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, the 40th anniversary edition. It is in perfect condition. No bernaise sauce has ever splattered a single pristine page. Retail price on the inside cover: $40.
Amazing bargains! On another driveway I picked up a lovely picture frame (that I came home and filled with a recent painting just for effect) and Linda Ronstadt's Heart Like a Wheel for $1. That's $1 for both. And yes, I have a turntable to play it on. See?
I don't know what you're doing with your Saturday, but I'm gonna go cook something while I listen to Linda.