My gardening and blogging friend Peter told us about the Sidewalk Sale at Glass Eye Studio in the Fremont district of Seattle. He promised lots of selection and very low prices for blown glass.
We weren't there to see the long line up as the sale opened at 9:00, but by the time we fought traffic and found parking, there was still plenty to choose from. Peter was right about the selection and the incredible prices.
I think these might be paper weights, or ornaments, not sure, but this is an example of the quantity. The glass ornaments were on sale for $5.00. There were vases and bowls and garden ornaments and lots of glass pumpkins for unbelievable prices.
However, the check out line was daunting. We had arranged to pick up our son Jake, who lives nearby, and go to breakfast about 10:00, so after looking at all the wares, we opted to shop instead at a few vendor booths set up along the street, with no lines.
I found glass pumpkins and an ornament at one booth. Tom found his birthday present at another.
It was hard not to go wild with the garden ornaments, but we restrained ourselves.
I loved the industrial background at this stall.
Then we picked up Jake and had a leisurely breakfast and really good conversation with him. We don't see him that often, but we keep track of him via Facebook. He is doing very well these days.
We drove from breakfast in the Greenwood distinct back out to our neighborhood just in time for Irene's soccer game and a chance to catch up with Jill on the sidelines.
When we got back home we displayed our fun purchases and I picked some fresh flowers to go with them. We bought a similar pumpkin to give to Jill.
Tom picked out this blue one.
And he tried out his new glass "plant" in the garden.
It will come in for the winter, and may wind up in another location, but it is placed here for now.
This glass ornament will hang in my kitchen.
Since the rain held off, we got a little work done outside. I wiped down the oil cloth table coverings from the patio and put them away, and cleaned up the plastic chairs and got them stored in the shed. Tom watered pots - still no real measurable rain since June.
It has been windy and debris is falling from the fir and cedar trees. Fall is messy. But it is here and we're OK with that.