i woke up this morning and decided to get my hair cut. while i was on the internets researching salons in the area, i decided to check craigslist for potential estate sales. i found one.
128 miles from my house.
after making sure my iPod was fully charged, i hit the road and enjoyed the view.
after two-and-a-half hours of driving, with only a few minor annoyances (grrrr to perpetual I-35/I-30 traffic shenanigans), i arrived in mart, texas. population 2,243.
i think i’ve mentioned it before, but i really love small towns.
i mean, come on. how awesome is this? cute eateries.
lovely architectural elements.
more interesting doors. note: i take ‘no trespassing’ signs very seriously. most of the time.
of course, most importantly, small towns are likely to have extremely very megan estate sales.
i was pretty much in love with everything for sale. even this odd collection of sad-eyed animals.
maybe not so much in love with these scary baby dolls. dolls kind of freak me out a bit.
doll houses, on the other hand, i completely love. it goes back to my earliest desire to be an architect. this sweet house was tin and had all the original furniture and was in mint condition. for only $85. well, half of that. still… too much. i really do love it, though.
there were so many amazing vintage toys in their original boxes. tiddly winks, cooties, sewing cards, and so much more. i loved this etch-a-sketch.
more vintage tin toys.
and so many beautiful, well-preserved linens. i stopped taking pictures because i had to get down to business and look at every single thing at least twice. maybe three times. i got so many good things, making the trip totally worthwhile.
if you’re driving down I-35 in either direction, you cannot miss stopping at the czech stop and the little czech bakery in west, texas (exit 353).
there will always be a line. but it will always go fast.
and there’s so much to look at while you’re waiting in line.
like pickled pigs feet.
and meat kolaches.
and pastry kolaches.
by the time i picked out my treats and walked back outside, it was absolutely pissing down with rain.
i sat in my car and had my sausage and cheese kolaches (oh-so-good) and watched the rain fall harder and harder. as soon as it cleared up for just a second, i got back on the highway and proceeded to have the most stressful drive ever. it was literally a sheets of rain pounding down on my car for two solid hours. i kid you not, my knuckles have never been so white. especially when, just after entering the dallas area, a huge SUV tried to pass my cautious speed and ended up tail-spinning and crashing into the barrier. after impact, the SUV bounced back into traffic and missed me by mere inches. i thought i was going to throw up. i think i might have a bit, actually.
and i totally think this spur-of-the moment excursion totally counts as a road trip, therefore i am crossing it off my thirty in thirty list (# 11) – hoorah!
here’s a sneak peek at some of the day’s great finds. most of the items will be making their way to the shop, so please check in!