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Garage Sale Finds and Apple Orchard Animal Pics

On Saturday, we ran some errands and I plotted out a few garage sales to hit that were on our route. Most of the sales weren’t very good. Not much selection and/or over-priced. However, one sale was great. They had their driveway and garage filled with items. Apparently, the woman was selling off items that were part of her aunt’s estate. The garage had plastic totes stacked 5 high filled with vintage books and magazines.

We found six vintage magazines – three Popular Science (09/65, 10/65, 11/65) and three Popular Mechanics (09/67, 03/68, 06/68). We both liked reading about the vintage cars but Rob is more enthused about that. He loves anything car-related. I like the home projects such as how to build a room divider or end table. Some of the Popular Mechanics even have home design plans and great interior pictures which of course are filled with what’s now considered retro or mid-century modern. I love that!!!! 

Vintage Magazines

I also found a September 1976 issue of Organic Gardening magazine. There are some neat articles including one just on kale. I am always fascinated by the vintage books that mention solar power. As you can see in the pic, there is an article on a solar greenhouse. Neat! The only book I bought is “Through Thick & Thin – An Adventure in Whole Food Cooking” by Kay Huberty. This copy is from the second printing in February 1983 and is autographed by the author. It has 272 pages. It’s not a strictly vegetarian cookbook but I did see a few recipes that use tofu or tamari. I noticed that many recipes could be veganized pretty easily.

The woman told me “oh, some of those aren’t even books, just give me $1 for everything.” I was thrilled and Rob quickly gave the woman a dollar. Each item worked out to be 12.5¢ a piece. Yeah!!!!

Cookbook and Vintage Magazine

And now that September is here, that means the apple orchards are open! I absolutely love fall. The changing trees, pumpkins-a-plenty, cheap squash, hot mulled cider, and of course, all the wonderful varieties of apples. Since the real apple orchard didn’t have cider yet, we stopped by the orchard that is more of a “tourist trap.” They have a petting farm set up but unfortunately, they took out the feed machines and no signs were posted that you have to buy feed at the cashier. We found that out after we had already walked over to the animals. So I didn’t get to feed any animals. Rob still chuckles about seeing the cash record from last year. Under “Entertainment Expense” it said …Apple Orchard….25¢….Fed a Goat.  LOL If you can’t tell by now, I do have a degree in Accounting and my dad was an accountant. So I tend to keep track of everything and always keep an eye on prices and expenses.

It was sad to see the turkeys confined since we just saw wild turkeys the previous day. They also had chickens, roosters, ducks, white bunnies, sheep, goats, an ox, and a llama. I was disappointed the donkey wasn’t there this year. The donkey was just adorable and even when you were out of feed, he would just stay there and let you pet him. It was so cute! The llamas they’ve had aren’t very social and seem very skittish. This year they had a different llama. I don’t know what is wrong with his skin. They had him in an L-shaped pen and he mainly stayed around the corner right next to the barn wall. He wasn’t coming over to any of the other people there. We went over and looked at him and when we walked away, Rob noticed that he stuck his head around the corner and was watching us. So we stopped and then little by little, he came closer and then eventually came right up to the fence and stuck his head over the fence to see us. How adorable.


caged turkeys

Sleepy Bunny:

Sleepy Bunny



This was after the llama came around the corner. He was debating whether to come up to us or not.


Here he is:


I’m updating yesterday’s post to include the Raw Blueberry Tart for Melissa. I found the recipe in Shape magazine I think. Or it could have been Self. I have a few of those file folders that are accordion-style and have a stretchy band you can keep around it. When I rip out recipes from magazines, I stick them in there. It gives me a somewhat organized way to keep the recipes I tear out although sometimes I don’t note what magazine it is from.

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  • Melissa West September 6, 2006, 12:23 pm

    Thanks for posting the recipe emmy!

    What a great skill to keep track of your expenses with such precision. We need more of that in our life.

    I hear ya about loving fall. I made a wicked squash soup the other day. The first apple picking starts here on Friday. My daughter and I are planning on heading up to the orchard to pick some apples. She has been dying to do it again since last year. She is such a fun age (4.5) for this kind of stuff.

  • K September 6, 2006, 1:33 pm

    Oh, those animals. They are cute but it’s hard to see them penned up. However, in some of their cases, it’s protection from predators and/or other dangers of the world, so i can understand it. How strange it must have been to see turkeys this way vs. the ones you just saw running free. (Which is just SO COOL!)

    Although i love summer, i am looking forward to fall as well. Of course in San Diego, it’s perpetually spring here no matter what day of the year! We’ve had a very warm summer, including today, which is supposed to head into the three-digit area, so that’s a bit much. Global warming, anyone?! Fall by you must be a delight!

    I could definitely tell you have an interest in saving money and finding bargains. Like i always write, my mom’d be like, “Thatta girl!” to you for how you watch what you spend and find ways to maximize your dollars and cents. The proverbial Karapplen fell far from her tree though i try to do what i can by shopping as thrift-fully as possible most of the time.

    LOVE those old magazines, Emmy! How totally cool. And that recipe book sounds like it might be very interesting, despite the inclusion of non-veg recipes and whatnot. Funny to think of “whole foods” and have there be animal-based things, but that’s the way it is.

    The llama comin’ back for a second look made my heart sing. Way for Rob to notice that and you captured such a great look on the cutie’s face there, Emmy! The goats are lookin’ right atcha, that is precious. And the bunny hiding away while the other one is nearby. Way to capture that moment in time…

  • vicki September 6, 2006, 10:11 pm

    great photos. love the sleeping beauty bunny!

  • Vivacious Vegan September 6, 2006, 10:36 pm

    I too am looking forward to fall. Since we just moved here, I’m not sure where there’s a nearby apple orchard but I really want to find one. Marty thinks I’m crazy for wanting to go apple picking. I’m hoping that we can also find some fresh apple cider. Fall is a delicious time of year.

    How cool the llama came back to see you. It’s sad about his skin. Hopefully they’re taking good care of him there at the orchard.

    I’m just curious how you keep track of your spending/budgeting? I used to use Quicken but I just got a new program that is very simple but I actually like it better because it has some features that are important to me that Quicken doesn’t.

  • Bazu September 6, 2006, 11:37 pm

    What a great post. I just love seeing your vintage book/magazine finds (as usual) and the adorable animals as well. I fantasize about having a goat one day, even though I know nothing about taking care of farm animals! They are just so cute. You have inspired me- I have to blog about some of our old cookbooks one of these days! 😉

  • vegandiva September 7, 2006, 8:33 am

    Bazu, definitely blog about some of your vintage cookbooks. I’d love to read about them 🙂

    VV, I use a mix of Quicken and Excel. I’m not crazy about Quicken but it was free after rebate 🙂 I use it to get a quick overview glance of everything and as sort of a backup checks and balacnes system. I’ve created worksheets in Excel, one for each month to track expenses. When I’m out and about, I have a tiny notebook and pen in my purse so I can jot down what cash I spend. It doesn’t hurt to track where your money is going.

  • pinknest September 8, 2006, 8:56 am

    oooh! llama!!

  • Lynne September 14, 2006, 10:31 pm

    Have you been to yardsalequeen.com forum site? We talk about all kinds of things we find at yardsales and collect all kinds of stuff! You would have plenty to contribute-especially the great cooking ideas!Hope to see you there!

  • vegandiva September 15, 2006, 8:30 am

    Hi Lynne, I’ve never been to the forum part of Yardsalequeen.com, just the blog. I’m definitely going to check it out. That sounds like a forum I would really like. Thanks for alerting me to it. I wonder how I missed it!!