A favorite hobby of mine is checking out thrift stores and yard sales. I haven’t had as much time for this hobby lately, so when I was on vacation on the east end of Long Island this summer, I made sure to make the time. It helps that a good friend of mine who lives in Sag Harbor has the same affliction for this hobby. So, off we went on a beautiful summer day thrifting and yard saling. There are yard sales out there on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. How awesome is that? Well, on our way to a thrift store, we happened upon a few yard sales. I was looking primarily for kitchen items, some for food photography and some for a beach house I have on Cape Cod that I rent during part of the summer. Of course, I was open to other interesting things, clothes, furniture, etc… that caught my fancy. We were both open to what we could find. The thrill of the hunt, as they say.
The photos show the culmination of my hard work going to various thrift stores on the North and South Forks of Long Island. I think I did pretty well, don’t you? There is an assortment of Corelle, Pyrex, pots, pans, measuring spoons, an egg separator, etc… And the whole lot was fairly inexpensive really. I have a few rules about buying – I don’t buy anything broken, chipped, worn out, etc… Items for consideration have to be in very good condition. All the sales at the thrift stores I went to benefit charities which is great.
At one of the thrift stores, where I found a lovely blue shirt (but no kitchen items), I turned around and thought I was looking at a basket of stuffed animals. Then the eyes moved. And those eyes were looking up at me as you see in this photo. What a little darling!
After a few hours of shopping, naturally we were a little hungry, tired and thirsty. So, we stopped by a local vineyard. We sat on the terrace overlooking the vines. There were sunflowers everywhere. A great day and a wonderful memory.
I chose the house Rose and my friend chose the tasting package. Delicious and refreshing! There were various snacks available, and we chose the dried fruit and nut platter. Yum! Later that day, we stopped at a charming little restaurant and I had mussels in coconut milk. I have already tried recreating the recipe once and came close. I need to tweak it a little and then I will post it.
A few days later, my daughter, Megan joined me and I took her back to the thrift store with the dog. They hit it off it seems. Mia jumped up for a closer look.
I hope you enjoyed this post on Thrift Store and Yard Sale Finds on Long Island. Maybe my next adventure will be on Cape Cod and I will report back. Have you found any great items thrift shopping or yard saling?