A few weeks ago I found myself at a church rummage sale, hoping I would find a few pretties. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would find an authentic wooden goat cart! I’ve been hearing about goat carts from my friend Susie Q @ Rabbit Run Cottage ever since I met her. Years ago, she saw one in a shop, passed it up, and has wanted one ever since. I’ve never seen one for sale anywhere, until this rummage sale.
I first saw the cart leaning up against the wall in a room filled with antiques, crocks, and old china. It had a “sold” sign on it and I was really bummed that I had missed out on buying it by not getting to the sale right when it opened. I asked one of the cashiers about it just to make sure and she told me that it was definitely sold. I overheard another customer ask about it about 10 or 15 minutes later. She was told that it had been sold, along with the pottery crock sitting inside it, but that the purchaser still hadn’t come back to pick it up. That comment just didn’t make sense to me. Why would anyone care when the woman was coming back for it if it was already bought and paid for? The gears in my mind started spinning…..
Soon after, one of the women in charge of the sale told the cashier that the cart would have to be put back out for sale if the purchaser didn’t come back soon. I discreetly approached the women and asked if the cart had been paid for. “No,” was the answer. Apparently, the inexperienced cashier thought she could hold items for customers by marking them sold! I immediately offered double the amount of money that I had been told the items had sold for and asked that another crock be thrown in as part of the sale. I also said that I would pay for them right then and there. “ Sold,” the woman answered. I was ecstatic, since I know that these carts sell for upwards of $300. I checked E-bay and even saw one listed for $800. You never saw anybody pay for something as fast as I did!
I just love this little goat cart! As you can see, I’ve filled it with seasonal finery- pumpkins, gourds, leaves, silk mums, pomegranates, and dried oranges. For now, it has found a home in the kitchen.
I was so excited after buying this that I immediately called up Susie Q and told her I was coming over to show her what I bought. I was so excited, I wanted her to share in my delight! What do you think, Sue- do you like it decorated for fall?
I think that my little cart will look amazing all gussied up for each one of the seasons, especially the upcoming Christmas holiday- don’t you? I’m thinking greenery and berries, a twig tree, maybe even a few wrapped presents…. Okay, I’m getting way ahead of myself now- I still have to put out a few more Halloween decorations!
I’m linking to the following parties:
Mary @ Mosaic Monday
Linda @ Coastal Charm
Laurie @ Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie
Vanessa @ Southern in my Heart
Debbie’s Garage Salen Party
Jan’s Boardwalk Bragfest