One Person's Junk...

As the saying goes, one person's junk is another person's treasure. There were a ton of interesting finds today at the Bernal Heights Hillwide Garage Sale. We've never been on Safari in Bernal Heights before so we thought this would be the perfect opportunity.

We started with a stop for caffeine at Progressive Grounds. We walked to the back patio and discovered an uncharted oasis. It was really crowded up front. I didn't understand why more people weren't hanging out in the back with all these colorful pillows.

Rested and energized, we moved on to Red Hill Books. In the spirit of the Garage Sale, they offered boxes of books outside that you could rummage through for some great finds. You couldn't beat the price -- $1.00 a pound! Not only that, they actually weighed the books on a cool antique scale. We found some fun antique map gift wrap hidden at the bottom of a box (lightweight and thus cheap...). We also bought a book about Einstein and theories of time, and one about twins separated at birth. I even found a small pamphlet in German that was printed in 1933. Even though "Ich spreche nur ein bisschen deutsch", I thought this was too interesting to pass up given the pivotal point in history that this represented. Fascinating!

Moving on, we found some lighter fare like this giant stuffed Tootsie Pop...

...this house of buttons...

...and my absolute personal favorite, this floral cow teapot. I was very tempted to buy this bovine find, but at $8.00, the price seemed a little too steep. While I was there, someone else actually picked it up so Bessie did find a good home.

Someone lost one of their hard earned garage sale finds in the street!

Homeowners put up signs like this one to entice people up the rather menacing hills surrounding Cortland Ave. "Big Sale. Top of GATES. Antiques and Vintage Furniture. Paintings and Collectibles. Nice Stuff. Very Cheap."

We did make our way up the hill to check it out. The best thing we saw was this black cat weather vane. The prices on the art and antiques were disappointing not cheap. We saw a really fun oil painting for $75. Definitely not bargain basement prices.

Now here's a freebie. Too bad we walked and didn't drive so we couldn't haul away some rather nice furniture. Not that we have room for more furniture anyway...

This decked out car was driving around the neighborhood. I'm not sure what kind of statement he was trying to make with a toaster over and circuit boards plastered to the side.

I hope this teddy found a good home. He looks so lonely.

One our way back down the hill, we saw this great wood carved gate. Alas...not for sale.

We also saw this colorful painted garage door.

Corn cob pipes for $1.00! Sounds like a steal to me. Too bad it doesn't snow around here or we would be all set to create our own version of Frosty. Where can I find a button nose? I'm sure somewhere on this hill!

After lots of bargain browsing but very little purchasing, we stopped for ice cream at Maggie Mudd on Cortland.

The Brown Cow and Tarmack Soy ice cream were sublime after a hot afternoon trekking around the neighborhood.

One final thing impressed me about this garage sale. This white board is "SOLD -- to be picked up. Please don't take unless you bought it". It's comforting to know that the honor system still works.

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