When I first moved to the East Bay I was depressed and demoralized by the lack of good thrifty-vintagey shopping to be had. That sounds hyperbolic, but I assure it isn't, ask Matthew. I was downright UPSET. Everyone here knows how valuable the stuff I like is, unlike in Massachusetts where they sell it for $3.50 or even leave it on the side of the road for you. No, here they take what would be $3.50 back home and charge you $80 for it (not kidding, literally - it's maddening).
Then one day as I was driving to do an errand I saw a sign on the road for an estate sale just up the street. Being a person who likes to make erratic and sudden turns in traffic, I cut towards it, found street parking, held my brave, and went into my first estate sale.
I quickly caught on to the importance of estate sales in the Bay Area; they are where the shit I want enters into the for-sale-stream and where you can indeed purchase things for $3.50. So I made a rule for myself (for when I'm driving): I am not allowed to NOT go to an estate sale if I see a sign for one. It's a good rule, it's how I have furnished and decorated our apartment for the most part.
At these sales you are invited to sign up for list serves, so naturally I have signed up for all of them. That means every Friday I get several emails about estate sales all over the East Bay, and every Friday I agonize about whether or not to go to them. I am afflicted with what I am just now calling Potential Estate Sale Hyperventilation Syndrome (PESHS) in which as soon as I park I start to feel tingly and slightly panicked and I want to have a remote control that pauses everyone around me so that I can take things out of their arms and rifle through cabinets without competition. You laugh, but I assure you that it's actually quite an uncomfortable condition, one that I'm not always up for. Remember my basket ordeal?
So this Friday I got an email from my favorite estate sale company, Dan May Estates, who I hope to get to know personally someday as the two who run it are endlessly intriguing with their stylish glasses and unstoppable good attitudes, and it said: