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Favourite weekend of the whole year

Long-time readers will know that the last weekend in May is my favourite weekend of the whole year, because the Great Glebe Garage Sale and the Ottawa Race Weekend both fall on that weekend.

Okay, first of all, congratulations to everybody who ran this weekend! My hairdresser, Bev, ran her very first marathon! We didn’t see her, but we did see our friend May, who ran the half-marathon. And Finola ran too. Congratulations to all of you, and to everybody else who ran too – you’re all freakin’ amazing.

You’ll never guess what I got at the Great Glebe Garage Sale! Oh, you’ll guess all the usual stuff, like the books and stuff. But you’ll never guess the pièce de résistance.

Here’s the day’s haul.

Two necklaces that I really like for just twenty-five cents. (In real life they’re in focus.)

A dangly toy for Simon, and some books for me – there are a few other books, too, including The Historian.

I bought these fabulous jeans for $5. I have to lose five pounds before they’ll fit. But in the meantime I can admire the turquoise button.

(And the pocket trim!)

I’ve always got my eye open for giraffes, because my son collects them. I’ll fill up this jar with candy and give it to him. He’ll like that.

And the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the pièce de résistance of the Great Glebe Garage Sale 2013: The Ikea Monkey!!*


I bought the $1 monkey at one sale, originally for Rosie. I was looking for a stuffed snake for her, because she loves chewing on stuffed snakes. I couldn’t find one so I settled for a stuffed monkey with long arms and legs. Then, a few blocks later, I found this little faux shearling coat! It was only $2. I said to the woman “It’s the Ikea Monkey’s coat!” and her little girl said “That’s what I said!” The mom said “Too bad there’s no monkey to go with it,” and I said “I just bought one a few minutes ago!” And the woman and the little girl and I were all so happy. It was one of those win-win situations all around. Except for Rosie, who didn’t get a snake OR a monkey to chew on.


But GC bought her a stuffed toy that has an elephant head, a snake body and paws. Definitely weird. GC also started an impressive metal lunchbox collection.

rosie_elephant snake


*Apparently not everybody is familiar with the Ikea Monkey, so if you fall into that category, here’s a little background:

6 comments to Favourite weekend of the whole year

  • Kathleen

    Wow, what an amazing collection of unusual things, really neat things. I just love that Ikea Monkey. Thanks for posting this, I always look forward to this one particular post every year.

  • Can I ask how much you paid for the books? I have a few recent bestsellers I’m putting in our garage sale on Saturday morning and we’re not sure how to price them. I was thinking $1 each – too little?

  • Chris

    Rosie’s stuffed toy is a door stuffer…you stuff it under your door to fill up the space between the door and the floor to keep drafts and/or smells out…just in case she gets tired of it as a toy.

  • Thanks Zoom :)

    My daughter loves giraffes too, so that’s our favourite of your garage sale finds!

  • mudmama

    😀 I renamed her the Ikea Munci … and I think they should market one :-)

  • Kathy

    The sisters brothers is fabulous!!!!