I always get excited at the prospect of selling and shopping at City Wide Garage Sale, on account that it's the most fantastically amazing thing ever created.
Whenever I started shopping and then eventually selling at the City Wide, I felt a little bit like Markie Post or Meredith Baxter Birney in one of those Lifetime movies about the perils of addiction - "Unraveled: The LeAnn Stephenson Story" - in which I rob from the kids' chore money and pawn my pancreas to get one more shopping fix.
The way I figure it, everyone has a vice of some sort or another. I probably will never have a drug addiction, or gamble my inheritance away, or take up a smoking habit in which I smoke so much that I spontaneously combust.
My vice is vintage and antique shopping.
The first time I experienced this particular show, my eyes immediately caught fire and my heart raced when I saw booth after booth of vintage goodies awaiting me. In my opinion it's the finest example of vintage shopping porn in central Texas. I recall having to catch my breath, sit down, and put my head between my knees so I wouldn't pass out the first time I visited.
I always find amazingly groovy junk, I mean treasures, from the many vendors at City Wide. And because I had specific request from a faithful stalker, I mean reader, I want to show you some of the goodies I picked up at this fall's Antique's Week that I plan on bringing to this weekend's sale.
Lots of beautiful needlepoint . . . .
. . . . . tons of new vintage frocks . . . .
. . . . . rainbow colors of vintage crystal inventory . . . .
. . . . . and of course piles of vintage textiles, napkins and damask tablecloths.
The sale is at the Palmer Events Center here in Austin. I'll be set up near the red skirted info desk. There is a $7 charge to park in the garage or there is a free parking lot at One Texas Center on the Southwest corner of So. First and Barton Springs Road, as well.
Saturday morning between 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m., City Wide offers early shopper passes for $10 each. This allows those who so choose to have early access to the show and get first dibs on vendors' merchandise before the general admission customers enter at 10 a.m.
I hope you get a chance to come and see me, cuz I have some really marvelous goodies this show!
Have a great weekend and I'll see every back here Monday!
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