Skimming through some of my pictures I realized that I had not yet posted these. I started looking out for water bird pins at flea markets and garage sales back before 2013 when I found the first one at the little flea market they have twice each summer across the street from our condo in Barnegat. I posted about that one and the second one that I found at a little church festival my friend J and I went to back in 2013 (This post).
Not too long after that, my blogging friend Clare in CA send me another seagull pin that her husband found. I was thrilled to add it to my collection. (This post.) And in June of 2017 at a local church garage sale I found another. (This post.)
Ever since, whenever I go to a garage sale, rummage sale, or flea market, I keep my eyes open to find additional birds to join the flock. I've seen a bunch on ebay and etsy but they're a little pricey for what I want to do with them.
This past August I found this bird pin at that little flea market across the street. I know this is probably supposed to be a flamingo, which we wouldn't find here in NJ, but at the time I saw it, with just my sunglasses on and most of the paint worn away, it looked like it could have been a heron. The vendor only wanted a quarter for it and I was glad that I had one in my pocket. I remember that when I picked this up it was so hot from being out in the sun that it burned my hand.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, J and I took some time on a Saturday morning to visit a community garage sale and this little gem was found. The only purchase of the day!
I think with the temperatures that they're predicting for this evening (33º) it's safe to say that fall is here and garage saling and rummaging will come to a halt until next spring.