We take a few snapshots as we visit garage
and yard sales each weekend. Here are some recent ones...
These still-in-the-package Elvis dolls
($25 each) were the stars at a sale
on High Street in Emerson on Saturday, June 4.
Even older than the Elvis dolls, this
old-fashioned wine press was
also on sale on High Street.
It's a very special cake: made of new
diapers, with a stuffed doll on top, it's guaranteed to be a hit
at a baby shower. We encountered a collection of diaper cakes at a sale on 7th
in Westwood on June 4. The lady who makes them observed that kids
respond to the concept with an "Ewww!" of pure disgust.
PHOTOS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
It's a sign yard sale shoppers don't see
but we spotted it on 4th Street in Park Ridge on
Saturday, November 13.
A beautiful bride doll perches on the
back of a pickup truck for a
sunny photo shoot, train and all. She was at a sale on Adams Court in Westwood
on October 17. The owner reports the doll was a gift at her wedding shower
and adorned a table at the subsequent wedding dinner.
The owner of this moose couldn't bear to
on sale on Hoyer Avenue in Westwood on October 9,
so she put him to work instead.
We came across this 18-inch-high
at a sale on Mountain Avenue in Park Ridge on
the last Saturday in August. When his battery
is good, he can sing and dance. The sale proprietor's daughter
reports that he terrifies their dog. All this talent for just two dollars!
This beautiful 1899 cash register was at
on Demarest Lane in Montvale. After restoration work,
its owner reports, its brass sides will shine like the sun.
Of course, like any good cash register, it weighs a ton.
Your six-year-old might have fallen in
love with this
gorgeous model of an old police cruiser at a sale on
George Road in Emerson on Saturday, August 14, price $60
(see the water bottle at top of the photo for scale).
But there's a problem...
...take the top off the car and you'll
find an untouched
Liquor Authority tax seal! This is a Jim Beam
bourbon decanter, full of the good stuff. Better
let Daddy keep the car for a while, son,
just to break it in.
Antiques dealer Bill Wassmann always has
for sale when he runs a yard sale at his Sullivan Street home
in Emerson. Friday, May 28 was no exception: we had to ask Bill
what this curious item is for. It's a drying rack for clothes, he explained,
and the slats fold down for storage. Bill estimates
that it dates from around 1900.
We visited the 4th annual Joan
D'Alessandro Foundation yard sale on Florence
Street in Hillsdale on Saturday, May 22. The sale benefits the Foundation,
named after the 7-year-old girl who was murdered by a neighbor
some years ago. The Foundation promotes child safety. We're happy
to report that business was good--it was hard to find a place to park a car
near the D'Alessandro home on Saturday.
You may have noticed that we're a sucker
for a stuffed animal,
but what about a zillion of them? This pile enjoyed the shade
at a sale on Kinderkamack Road in Park Ridge on May 15.
We dropped in at the Knights of Columbus
Craft & Flea Market October 4 in
Washington Township and encountered these two big guys. We had a hard time
getting Jack Kenney, the fellow on the right, to crack a smile: he's a Giants
For just $1 you could have bought this
bizarre item, never used and still in the box, at a sale on
Rivervale Road in River Vale on October 4. It's a battery-powered miniature
of the lottery machine you see on TV, and the idea is to draw the winning
at home and then play them for real. Now you know why you never won!
This dispirited orange guy on the blue
blanket was my personal favorite amid
a large number of stuffed animals.
Quick, what is it? We asked Carole at her
sale on Seneca Avenue in Emerson on
September 26 (she swears her mother named her after Carole Lombard), and she
that it's an old ravioli maker. You roll it over the sheet of dough and presto,
you get those little squares. It was on sale for only $10. Not bad!
It's great when every member of the
family gets involved in a yard sale.
That's Lexi showing the benefits of a dog bed at a sale on Greenwoods Road
in Old Tappan on September 26.
On July 25 we encountered a block sale on
Summit Street and Etheridge Place in Park Ridge.
One of the venues was Mike Marconi's furniture warehouse, where he showed us
an interesting old stringed instrument that he claims is properly played
by sticking it up against the stomach.
Mike also was selling this very old
that's had an interesting past.
On Saturday, June 27 we came across this
wooden shelf with a beautiful choo-choo train
underneath. The garage sale proprietor explained that it came from Amish
The sale was on Addicks Road in Westwood.
What is it? A softball pitching machine,
of course--don't you have one? It was priced at $50
at a sale on Wicklow Way in River Vale on June 27.
We visited a sale on West Street in
Washington Township on June 6 and found these two "spectator chairs" being
pondered by a couple of prospective buyers. Spectator chairs are
specially designed high chairs to enable you to view an ongoing game of pool.
Note the notched platform on the side of each chair to accommodate both your
your pool cue and a drink! The owner also had a fancy pool table for sale.
That's his dog Casey (lower right) supervising the action.
Talk about an imaginative sign! This bed
sheet adorned a couple of trees at a sale
on Buff Lane in Hillsdale on Saturday, June 6.
Good organization and clear pricing are
two keys to yard sale
success. The people behind this sale on Westwood Avenue in River Vale
in August filled these bins with colorful toys.
In August we came
across a very nice yard sale on
Rivervale Road in River Vale. The homeowners took advantage of a handy fence
a couple of dozen prints and other works of art.
What do reindeer do on a sunny August
afternoon? They take a nap on
the grass and dream of wintry December rooftops. This team
was on sale on Burke Street in Washington Township, along with a lot
of other things, including a matching Santa and the bathroom sink.
At a sale on Cleveland
Avenue in River Vale we found woodworker Helmuth Ruesch
selling a number of his own
creations, including this group of birdhouses.
Let this oversized yard sale sign be an
inspiration to all future
yard and garage sale marketers. It was observed
on Rivervale Road in River Vale in June.
You don't often see a tow truck in need
of a lift, but we found an exception at
a sale in May on Hunters
Court in Hillsdale. Someone had
just purchased this splendid little
pedal-pusher and was taking it home.
This lifelike little tyke awaits adoption
at a sale on Ruth Place
in Park Ridge in May.
There are teddy bears and there are
BEARS. This cuddly big boy was part of
a four-household sale on Clinton Street in Emerson in April.
Showing just how big he is are his owner, Brian, and neighbor Virginia.
Bill Wassmann of Sullivan Street in
Emerson, a long-time antiques dealer, had a yard sale in September. Bill
is pictured holding one of a set of fascinating tankards
that have bells on the underside. The reason for the bells? To call for a
In August we encountered some melancholy
dolls waiting for a new owner. The place was North Fifth Street
in Park Ridge.
This intriguing American Indian artifact,
made of pelts and beads, was described by its seller on
Strawberry Hill Road in
Hillsdale on August 3 as a "dreamcatcher." You hang it by your bed and
absorbs all your bad dreams and nightmares. A neat idea!
We stopped in at a very well-organized
sale on Old Tappan Road in Old Tappan on Friday, June 29. The clothing was
nicely displayed on a rack under a tent...
..and they had a cool box of free stuff
for kids, including a red fireman's helmet that I found really tempting.
I decided to leave the fire helmet in the
box because I'm not really a kid and this strange-looking guy was watching me.
Jim LaBarbera of Westwood Avenue in River
Vale held a yard sale on November 4.
When his mailman heard about the sale, he asked Jim if he could
bring his old spinning wheel over. Here's Jim with his mailman's antique.
Frank Sinibaldi of 6th Avenue in Westwood
(he's the guy on the right) poses with his life-size photo cutout of the Bartles
& Jaymes wine cooler spokesmen. This wonderful piece of advertising memorabilia
was offered at his sale October 7-8.
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