Today was freezing – was -1 deg C last night and we left at sunup when the temperature was at its lowest. Our mission to buy as much decent stock as we could with what was in our thin pockets!!! The garage sales gave us slim pickings except for a 3 piece Rodd silver coffee pot, sugar pot and milk jug… looks terrible but I had a go at it and it will polish up and make a handsome profit. Then two more garage sales, not much to be found there and off on a beautiful route to a farm clearance auction.
It was freezing and I had foolishly thought my snuggleish corduroy jacket over a fleece would be enough. Anyway I didn’t complain because this was Al’s big opportunity to replenish his stock. All I could see was a lot of rusty tools and farm implements with a few bits of domestic detritus which most people would have sent to the dump. Putting it fairly strongly I admit, but I feared the prospect of hanging around in the freezing wind waiting for the bric a brac to come up at the end of the auction after the horses, cows, hay, tractors and chains. We walked round the whole thing while Al thought aloud and tyre-kicked and I thought about what the stuff might fetch if we waited for it.
We had a second look at the domestic items and I thought wistfully about the original Disney toys when Al suggested we might go home via the charity shops in the small towns on the route. Have to say though that I was relieved as my feet were frozen and there were icicles suspended from my nose! i decided we could live without the toys, and the oil paintings and Beer posters.
Stopped in Gatton – nothing in the op shops there but a few little bargains in the market and then on to Laidley where it was Show day and it took five minutes to get to the centre of the place because there was a parade… what fun … All I saw of it was a Scottish pipe band and the fire engines with a few individuals dressed up as furry animals. But was lovely in a place that was inundated in the floods to see civic pride. Anyway I got a nice red ceramic vase in the op shop there and some books.
Enough dribbling about stuff… we polished the silver, cleaned the china and packed it all into the van which we drove down to the market to be first in the line and then home for a rest and the rugby finals between the Reds and the Crusaders. I hope I will be opening the bottle of champagne I bought!! ! Go REDS!!! But this is the sad bit. We couldn’t think of anyone we wanted to invite from Ipswich to join us to make it a festive occasion. Another signal that it is time to return to Safety Beach.
I have just squeezed the last drops of the champagne – of course they won and were we pleased. A good end to an ordinary day!! And the champagne has cheered me up after an ordinary Sunday at Fernvale market. When an Australian uses the terms ‘ordinary’ and average’ you know youare dealing with something pretty dire!! Anyway we were at least 30% down at Fernvale but we had a nice time. It was very cold, but I wore my big coat this time, the lovely red wool one Ruth bought me in England. And we make enough money to have thought it was better than not doing it. We changed our stock a bit to make it less time consuming to set up and pack up, and sold enough to diminish the work as well so got home an hour earlier than we usually do. I have spent the afternoon playing bridge on the internet and playing with the photos, so now you can look at some of the pictures I took at Gympie and Alstonville. Save the link to Picasa and you can look at them when you want to.