Thursday, April 10, 2014

Are we there yet?

After many conversations in the car regarding things neither Laurie/Ethel nor I could recall about our previous road trip to Alameda Point Antiques Faire (Did we stop here last time? Does Roseburg come before or after Ashland? Where was that place with the great cupcakes?), I decided to take some notes this time around.


As planned, we left Laurie’s house in Portland, OR at 8 a.m. to head to Alameda Antiques Faire in the San Francisco Bay area. Woo-hoo! So excited!

One scheduled stop on the way out of Portland at a church rummage sale was quickly followed by two unscheduled stops at estate sales.

 Which resulted in another unscheduled stop back at Laurie’s house to unload her car which was now completely full. Four hours and 16 miles later we are still in Portland.  

Yay us!

New plan!  Leave for Alameda at noon.  The goal is to reach Redding, CA, about 420 miles away, where we’ll stop for the night.

That afternoon we went to three antique malls, a thrift store and a vintage shop before eating dinner and eventually keeling over.

It is weird that it took us 9-1/2 hours to travel 420 miles? The junkin’ just can’t be rushed.


Laurie/Ethel admires a combo stove/refrigerator. 

We hit the road at 8:45 a.m., eventually ending up in Emeryville, CA, about 200 miles away (an *easy* 3 hour drive) and just a short distance from Alameda Point Antiques Faire, our Sunday early morning destination / reason for living.

We managed to turn a 3 hour drive into 10 hours and here’s why: 3 vintage shops, 1 flea market, 3 yard sales, 2 rummage sales, 1 thrift store, 2 huge antique malls, 2 random shops and 1 estate sale. In 4 cities.

SUNDAY (aka The Really Big Day)

 Got up painfully early at 5 a.m. and the reward was attending heaven-on-Earth, Alameda Antiques Faire, for 7 hours of some mighty fine vintage shopping from (not a typo!) 1,000 vendors.

Eventually I had to rent a shopping cart (as in the type used at a grocery store) to collect the items I’d purchased and left behind with the vendors. I kept it all straight with my Patented System for Remembering© by writing the vendors’ booth numbers on my arm.

In sharpie.

Tired, happy, sunburned and loaded down with vintage junk, we left Alameda at 1:30 p.m. to begin our drive back to Oregon, stopping in Yreka, CA for the night.


Random antique mall vendor in Medford, OR? It's all a blur to me now.

We left Yreka around 8:45 a.m., thinking we’d be back in Portland by 4 p.m., only 325 miles/5 hours away.

After stopping at 8 more antique malls (and one ice cream shop) in 2 cities, we rolled into Portland at 8:15 p.m., taking almost 12 hours to travel 300-ish miles.

 To recap: 4 days / 1400 miles / 3 estate sales, 3 rummage sales, 13 antique malls, 2 thrift stores, 4 vintage shops, 1 flea market, 3 yard sales, 2 random shops and 1 Alameda Antiques Faire (because there’s only one Alameda!).

Thanks for traveling along!

Click the photo above to read Laurie’s version of events.


  1. Oh.My.Gosh! You two are junking PROs! Loved reading about it and can't wait to see what you brought home with you from the big adventure.

  2. I was about to say that you needn't be surprised to find me hiding in the back of your rig the next time you go, but then I realized that after that many junk stops, there couldn't possibly be room for a third person's junk.....or the person....:)

    I can't believe you fit yours and Ethel's haul in one rig. I think I'd need to drag a trailer along.

  3. I am so ready to see what you had to rent a shopping cart for!! :)

  4. Wowza, what an adventure. I had to laugh when you filled the car before you ever got out of Portland, it's happened to me on more than one occasion. Looks like you had such a good time. Fun, fun, fun!

  5. Tell me you got lots of good junk and it was really worth the adventure of it all. Lucky lucky you!


  6. How in the heck did we fit that all in plus sleep at night? So worth it tho and would love to repeat this trip. Fun, fun,fun!!!

  7. I can't even imagine having access to this many antique/flea/garage sales/estate sales etc. etc. Vintage and antiques are not big here in Canada, and especially in Toronto where I live. But we keep hunting.....
    Lucky you!
    Nan in Toronto Canada

  8. Somehow I'm not surprised you didn't make it out of Portland without going to empty the car :>) Sounds like way too much fun was had and I am waiting for pictures of your treasures.

  9. So you know how you and Laurie are going to hop in the car and come see me? In New York? Math is not my strong point, but I'm thinking it might take you a year and a half to get here. But what a good time it would be!

  10. Sounds like SO MUCH fun. That toadstool in one of the first pictures is pretty dreamy. Can't wait to see you feature the rest. How did Alameda compare with Round Top? Way better?

  11. Amy and Laurie's excellent vintage adventure!

  12. I like that you're "old school", and wrote down those booth numbers on your arm. So much faster than a stinkin' smart phone! What an absolutely perfect way to spend 3 days!


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