What a beautiful day. It was a bit chilly when I woke up, but soon the day turned to nothing but sunshine & warmer weather.
My daughter, Morgan & I try every year to drive over to South Bend, Indiana for the Washington Street Sales. We live about 22 miles from South Bend & Notre Dame - the fighting Irish. Washington Street is located in the historic district of South Bend & the street & surrounding ones are filled with old Victorian houses along with the Studebaker Mansion & the Oliver Mansion. Studebaker made cars & the Oliver's created the Oliver Plow. The Studebaker Mansion is now a restaurant, while the Oliver Mansion or Copshaholm is a house museum. The Oliver family left the stone mansion with contents intact to the Historical Society & is one of my favorite places to visit. All of the contents belonged to the Oliver family, so it is like a step back in time. Back to the yard sales, which are usually in front of the houses. Spaces can also be rented, so you never know what will be found. The museum next to the Oliver House is usually set up selling items that have been donated & can not be used in exhibits. Everything from glassware, holiday to historical items can be found. Driving down Washington Street we were disappointed that there was very people set up, but did find a couple of sales & found out the sale was actually last week, but ended early due to rain. No matter, we found a few things & saw some old friends.
We left Washington Street & headed over to the Century Center where the Junior League was having their annual thrift sale. I've never been to this event, so it was something new to try & the huge room was transformed into a mini shopping haven. Tables were well marked indicating what items were for sale. I tried to hit every table, but things were picked over, but did manage to find some red & gold ornaments to match the ones I found on Washington Street. A couple of Christmas items, a pillow & a small clock. Most of the items were marked $1.00! Then we headed off for a quick breakfast, and on our way home stopped at a Goodwill. It was 50% off day & let me tell you, I now know why I avoid going. So many people in such small aisles do not make for happy shopping, but I found a Christmas wreath with an adorable snowman. A Christmas pillow & runner filled out the cart & then it was home via country roads. The leaves have started to turn & it is going to be a good year for color. Vibrant reds, yellows of various shades, dark purples & browns make it hard to keep our eyes on the road. So much fall color to enjoy. It is was a very good day & much needed.
The big round blue ball that you see in the picture is actually an old bowling ball that someone cut off the bottom. These make great garden ornaments & I was happy to have gotten two this morning. So, if you are out & about & find an old bowling ball, especially one with some good color, grab it & find a place in your garden. I think you will enjoy it.
I forgot to mention the wonderful old soap dish with lid. Not sure what I'm going to do with it & may just decide to keep it. Three pieces that look like transferware in a soft turquoise green.
I've had a busy day and now it is time for me to pick up some linen, grab my favorite needle & start cross-stitching. Hope you all had a fruitful day, as I know we did.