Spring has definitely sprung. I’ve got eleven sales on my list for this morning. Now I know that I won’t be able to hit all of them, but I’m hoping I get the good cookbooks! Plus, Dunc has asked to tag along with me—so I’ll have my travel buddy with me.
Our first stop is a sale at 7am, and it’s already open for business as well roll up a few minutes early. I spy a table of books and head over, I see a cookbook or two in a pile on top of a bookbag and confirm my worst fear, there’s someone already at the table and they’ve grabbed two cookbooks. I get to work quickly and scoop up some great finds and try not to get distracted by the Bill Neal cookbook that is going home with someone else. Ugh!
A Tuscan in the Kitchen (Pino Luongo with Barbara Raives & Angela Hederman), Private Collection (Junior League of Palo Alto, CA), Cooking Seafood & Stuff with Chef Dirt & Kids from the Outer Banks (Jerry G. Smith) and Good Old Grits Cookbook (Bill Neal & David Perry).
Now, I understand that I that have the Bill Neal grits cookbook but there was another cookbook there that I would’ve liked to have as well. Oh well, on to the next sale.
It was a bust and Dunc asks to go back to the first sale because he saw some Nerf toys and some t-shirts. I usually frown on going backwards, but I give in. The sale I’m waiting on doesn’t start until 8am on the dot.
After picking up a few t-shirts and some shorts for Dunc, we head over to the 8am sale. It has started to drizzle, but they’ve got items in the garage and under a tent. This sale is the last garage sale before Suzanne, The Tiny Chef, packs up and heads off to Italy. I met Suzanne at another sale several years ago. Since then, she’s been super busy catering and appearing on The Food Network’s Extreme Chef. I’ve picked up some great cookbooks at her other sale—so I’m really excited about this one!
When we get the go-ahead to come down the driveway, I make a beeline straight to Suzanne in the garage. I don’t find a ton of cookbooks but here’s what I found:
Professional Cooking (Wayne Gisslen), Favorite Restaurant Recipes (Bon Appetit), Gates, Gaits & Golden Plates (Camden Junior Welfare League) and First Lady Cookbook 1983: South Carolina It’s Best (American Cancer Society, SC Chapter).
Plus, I found a rolling pin, copper biscuit cutter and this fancy set of Godinger Silver Plated Cheese Picks! The picks look like they have tiny Ritz crackers on them and the cheese has some sparkly crystals on them….fancy!
On the way out, I stopped by a tent and found these two cookbooks:
I’ve got other sales that started at 8am and they are probably well underway by now, so I decide to head on to the 8:30am sale. It’s a moving sale and cookbooks are mentioned so we’re off!
It’s a small house off of a main road, so I have to park on a side street and hoof it. As I ask about the cookbooks, I’m pointed towards the kitchen. There is a very long shelf filled with some really great cookbooks. And, it’s got already got someone looking through them. He’s on one side, so I start looking at the selection from the other side.
He’s gives me the side-eye but I see a few really good ones right off the bat. There’s someone with him and they make a remark about how there were more good ones at another sale. So they actually leave.
That was interesting. But now, I’m alone with the cookbooks so I start going through the entire shelf and get a really nice stack. I pay for the cookbooks and ask why the lady is selling so many great cookbooks. She tells me that she’s getting ready to move…to Portland. Wow! Now, that’s not exactly across town, is it?
I see other cookbooks on a shelf in the living room—but there’s a gauntlet of chairs stacked in front of them. She tells me that those are the ones she’ll take with her as she moves across the country. There must be some great ones over there—because I can’t believe that I was able to scoop up these:
Williams-Sonoma New Orleans (Constance Snow), Julia Child & More Company (Julia Child in collaboration with E.S. Yntema), Lee Bailey’s City Food, Lee Bailey’s Country Weekends and Forever Summer (Nigella Lawson).
How to be a Domestic Goddess (Nigella Lawson), Nigella Bites (Nigella Lawson), Fannie Flagg’s Original Whistle Stop Café Cookbook (Fannie Flagg with recipes from The Irondale Café), The Paris Cookbook (Patricia Wells) and Lost Recipes: Meals to Share with Friends and Family (Marion Cunningham).
Well, hello Nigella. By my count, I’ve got Nigella times three! That probably equals some fancy foodie equation. And that has got to be some sort of record!
My GPS tells me I’m really close to another sale that I had penciled in (literally). We make it to the sale and it looks like it has been open for a while. I walk around the garage and don’t see anything that thrills me. I go through the house and ask the crew that’s working here on the inside if there are any cookbooks. They look at each other and say, “Oh, were there!” Just from their tone, I could sense there must have been a ton of them. And this must’ve been the other sale that the couple talked about a few minutes ago. I’m guessing that this sale had a lot of them, but now they’re all gone. Oh well…
Wish I could…but I can’t be at all them right when they open!
I’ve got some truly fantastic cookbooks and I’m not going to let this missed sale bum me out….well, not for too long, anyway. Time to get my Dunc to breakfast and then back home!