Tag Sale Shopping

April 9, 2009

Last Friday I spent half the day hitting tag sales and antique shops with my knows-how-to-spot-a-find, dear friend, Kathryn Carmona. From the first month we moved here, 8 years ago, Kathryn has been my go to source for the best tag sales, estate sales and garage sales in the area. She has an eye for great pieces, and keeps a running inventory in her head of any particular items her friends are looking for. If she spots something she knows you’ll love, she’ll pick it up on your behalf. I’m not sure how I furnished my house before knowing Kathryn and I wanted to make sure I got one more day of exploring with her before the big move.

As luck would have it, we started in Bronxville at an estate sale, and friends, this was the mother of all estate sales. A total score. We couldn’t believe all the great stuff. I wasn’t actually shopping (there’s nothing like packing up your belongings to make you want to own absolutely nothing), but I did pick up the beautiful blue bottle pictured. How could I pass it up? It was big and tall. It had a B (for Blair) and it was only $4.

I took a lots of photos of our adventure — you can see them all on my flickr page. Thank your for a great day, Kathryn! I will miss our outings tremendously.

Do you frequent tag sales? What’s your favorite consignment shop/second hand store/antique shop?


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Deb April 9, 2009 at 11:13 am

I love antique shops too! I just posted about my most recent visit here. I just love taking pictures as I browse. It’s inspiring and good on the pocket book!


2 ellen April 9, 2009 at 11:36 am

I live outside of Boston but have found some very cool antique shops in Wells, Maine. My favorite things are typewriters, kitchen utensils, bottles, and toys!


3 Miggy April 9, 2009 at 1:06 pm

So my fam. and I just got home from that little Antique shop in Tarrytown–I recognize the ‘Dork’ blocks…


4 Anonymous April 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Hunt and Gather in Mpls, MN – it’s the best


5 karen April 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm

I know it isn’t the same area that you are moving to…but it is in Colorado! Downtown old Littleton has my favorite antique shop called Pink Attic Cat. It is a little vintage shop where I have never been disappointed. You should check it out when you get settled…and have some time for a drive!


6 Anonymous April 9, 2009 at 3:49 pm

These are gorgeous photos!!! Love everything!


7 Shooting Starchild April 9, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I don’t shop much and I haven’t found my style yet, but I love the “DORK” blocks! My husband and I are dorks, and proud of it :)


8 calimama@compactbydesign April 9, 2009 at 9:09 pm

My favorite consignment store is the one I haven’t been in yet! When we travel it’s part of our city tour to seek out local thrift stores to see what they have.

On a recent trip to Toronto my husband couldn’t wait as he was convinced they would have different stuff there. They didn’t but we found a ton of great stuff anyway! Heavy suitcases on the way home!


9 kathryn c. April 9, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Thanks for the memories Gabby! (sniff, sniff) You are so sweet! gonna miss my girl!


10 Nata-Leigh (Lubbock's Mom) April 9, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I’d love to find the consignment store in Chicago that offers Emeco chairs at tag sale prices!


11 stephanie April 11, 2009 at 7:18 am

thanks for stopping by Pretty Funny Antiques…
good luck on your new move and drop in when
you’re back in tarrytown!!


12 MamaChristy April 13, 2009 at 9:27 am

What fun! Thanks for the yarn porn right there at the end, too.


13 stacy t April 13, 2009 at 5:51 pm

oh i want kathryn to be my friend!! can i tag along – i live in rye brook!! hehe great finds!!!


14 Roseanna April 13, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I had that very same buggy(in your flickr pics), when I was a child…there is a picture of me, at three, in the itchy wool winter coat and leggings, those red boots(also in your pics) pushing my grandmother’s standard french poodle puppy in it. I loved that buggy…thanks for the nostalgia!


15 Jennifer Walford April 21, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Central Avenue has some quaint antique shops. ^_^


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