Wednesday, August 22

Yard Sale Heaven.

Last Saturday was Bernal Heights' 14th Annual Community Yard Sale. So, knowing me as you might, I was in freakin' heaven! Bernal is a tiny neighborhood on the hillside above the Mission, with beautiful views of the entire city. In the last few years, it's become a place for first-time home buyers to stake their claim in San Francisco. Prices have risen, but to my visiting eye, nothing has changed about Bernal Heights' neighborhood charm and friendliness.

The streets up there are quaint, tiny and meandering and were hosting three or four yards sales per block! People served lemonade and there was a popcorn 'boy', and everyone seemed to know each other and greet their neighbors like they were truly happy to share the day together. I just loved the whole vibe of it and it didn't hurt that it was a gloriously sunny day. Some people even opened up their homes. My friend Eszter and I met a resident named Nathalie (who turns out to be a great friend of artist Lisa Congdon!). She let us into her home and let me snap away a 'mini tour' of her cute apartment, which used to be the Wool Street Grocery. Take a look at her fun, creative place!

I also scored some great finds - a vintage Singer sewing machine, this cool long wood bench for my entryway (from a very cute guy named Pablo), a pink & black ceramic dish, a funky green little dish that I'm going to plant succulents in, a cute clothespin bag (I'll do something with it!) and these amazing flip flops! It was a great day, had by all.

13 comments:

Sparkie said...

You cheeky monkey. Did you warn us about this event? I was out of town so you may have. Is it annual or what?

sfgirlbybay said...

I didn't know - I swear! I thought it was ONE yard sale! I got up there and called Eszter and said "get up here, girl!". I think I was there at least three hours!

Next time I'll warn ya. :)

decor8 said...

Oh fun! I love your new sandals, they are darling. And seeing that singer makes me SO DARN PROUD OF YOU. I can see so many great projects ahead, you with your trusty singer. ;)

sfgirlbybay said...

Thanks Holly!

Alicia G said...

What finds! I adore that clothespin bag.

cindy@staged4more said...

Oh yes, do warn us next time! And what a CUTE kitty!!! I would love to cat-sit ;) Great photos. I just love your collages.

lottie said...

How fantastic! Things like this just don't exist in the UK. I love your new bench, and the sewing machine - brilliant!

Bhavna said...

Love the ktty pic! And the sandals are very cute!

angelune said...

i think you are my virtual big-sister or cousin or something... my roomate went to flamboro market last weekend and picked up the best chandelier for our apartment. in my circle of friends here i am the queen of yard-saleing, but i'd love to trade toronto for SF for a weekend or two!

lisa said...

that drawing on her table is by me!! ha. very nice photos of nat's place.

*christie* said...

I knew about the sale but didn't have time to make it there. Now I definatly wish I would have. What fantastic finds!

Another Shade of Grey said...

Ooh, I wish I could have gone too. So does this mean you have to get rid of 6 things now? ;)

amber said...

those flip flops ROCK MY WORLD! what a huge score.