Back for its second season, Would You Buy This or Not is my yard sale column. Formerly called To Buy or Not to Buy, this weekly photo essay is primarily about yard sale finds Janie and I come across, and whether we decided to buy them or not.
Along with each day's sale items we may also throw in a few other items, and this week, we also take a look at beer.
It's a nice enough "spring" day in downtown St. Paul. A little cloudy 54 degrees.
Let's go to a few sales.
Find of the week
price - $7.95
I've been frustrated with the steels and other items I've found lately for sharpening my knives. In the Shuang Hur Supermarket, I came across this brick-sized wet stone. My father-in-law who used to be a tool distributor, told me to soak it for a couple of days before using it to sharpen anything (hence the term "wet stone" I guess). Every knife in my blocks is now sharp as can be.
What we found least interesting
A little toy washer and dryer.
price - $5
Just what every parent would buy for their son, right? Why not? So why would be buy these for our daughters? These were actually the most interesting thing at our first stop, the Metro State University rummage sale. It started on Thursday or Friday and was ever so picked over.
Other things we did or didn't buy
Price - $12
Our next stop was the Chech and Slovak Society Hall, for their annual sale. They had Kolachkis for sale, little poppy-seed, almond and chocolate filled pasteries. Most were little anyway. These big ones were about 14 inches across. I like folk art, but I'd rather not eat it. "Kolachkis" is actually spelled numerous ways, and I'm not sure which is correct, so I just picked one.
Bag of goodies
price - $3
At the Chech and Slovak sale, we loaded up 3 shirts for Janie, (including the flowered one that had a lot of bling sewed on it. There were three clothes items for me: a tan raw silk shirt (I buy every raw silk item I see; a collarless striped hippie shirt (great for mountain hikes); and cargo shorts with enormous pockets. We still had room in the bag, so I threw in a couple tacky aluminum items to sell for scrap. The cat did not come with this stuff, but was very interested in it anyway.
Two large, warm shirts
price - $1 each
(I need to keep business purchases separate from personal, or I would have used them to start another bag). The red is a Columbia, and the gray is a Nine-Twenty East brand, made from a very unique fabric.
On to the Mendota VFW sale. Wow.
Eight XXL warm shirts
price - 50 cents each
Some are like new, others are really warm and comfortable. Some hunter or construction worker is going to love these.
Large display jars
price - 50 cents each
A couple years ago, a friend of ours said he was looking for these. If he still is, great. If not, we'll haul them to my mom's shop in Colorado. The chair is just for size comparison. Once upon a time we bought 4 matching chairs like this for $4 each. We send our new chairs to Savers.
Besides that, there was only one bogus estate sale and one other yard sale with nothing fun or annoying, so no pictures from either of those I'm afraid.
price - $14.95
I took before and after pictures, but decided the after really told the whole story.
On the way home we made one last stop to replenish our wine and beer stocks. While there I thought I'd snap a few shots of things I did'nt buy.
No sale, no sale no sale:
HG800 High Gravity Malt Liquor - 40 oz.
It sounded and looked like gasoline.
Mickey's Ice - 40 oz.
The champagne of nasty brews.
Designer Budweiser - 1 liter
Mmmm. Nascar and "beer" made from rice.
Blackthorn Fermented Cider - 1 liter
price - $3.69
Also found in the bargain corner of the liquor store, this is imported from Somerset England. I took a chance on it last week, and I'm back for more. It's fairly dry, with a sake-like finish. Refreshing.
Val-Dieu Triple Belgian Abbey Ale - 1 liter
price - $8.49
Not from the bargain section, but a deal nonetheless. By virtue of it's 9% alcohol content, it's more like buying a bottle of wine. It has velvety mouth-feel, and a slightly licorice finish. Careful how you handle these and don't shake even a tiny bit. The fermentation is finished after the bottle is sealed, so when you undo the wire to take out the cork, beware. The cork could blow out of the bottle before you get the wires off it. If that sounds dangerous, it is.
Whatsit Shelf-like thing without shelves
price - free
It was nicely constructed, but I couldn't figure out its purpose. I left it by the dumpster. I've gotten amazing things left at the dumpster, but this just wasn't that interesting.
Tomorrow they say it will get up to 65. Next weekend there should be a lot of yard sales. Come back and see what we found. Would You Buy This or Not is a weekly submission to the New Weekly Press and Yard Sales and Such groups.
End mileage: 80835
Start mileage: 80807