If you’ve known me for very long at all you might know that I tend to find things on the side of the road. I pick them up, I take them home, I make my friends jealous. (Not on purpose, people!)

Well, last weekend R-kids and I found ourselves in a neighborhood where I had grown up. I decided to take the kids past my family’s old duplex. I found the house to be in pretty sad condition. But in the driveway across the street, I found these:

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Yes! Vintage water skis! With a big, cardboard “FREE” sign taped over the top. I’m in love with them!

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There was a time when R-girl would have slid herself down to the floor of the car, mortified that her mother was picking up someone else’s castaway junk. This time, however, she was calling dibs on the green skis before I even got out of the car. (I’ll post pictures soon of where they ended up.)

vintage water skis2 | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczykBut the luck didn’t end there. No sirree. Our Saturday drive took us down near the U of M, where I spotted a church yard sale. I will give you a red-hot tip right now, kids. Write this down. If you are looking for amazing finds, do not skip the church sales. Especially church basement sales. Because if the church has a basement, it’s probably old, and the older the church, the longer the folks have been around and, well, the better the stuff.

This church was old.

And it not only had a basement, but they were selling the stuff that had been in the basement.

Of the church.

Old churchy stuff!!

For basically free! Check it out:

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And after I got home,
look what I discovered
inside two of the metal drawers
in that

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I know!

Old Sunday School filmstrip cases!

How awesome is that?! My favorite one is toward the bottom. Can you read it? Just to the left of “The Lord’s Prayer” and “King Hezekiah” is “Little Piggy Porker.”

So great.

I’ve put most of my finds to good use already – I’ll share pics soon.

Don’t forget to pull over. It’s worth it!

by julie rybarczyk


  • Julie

    Hi Patty! Sure, I could sell those! Are you in Minneapolis area?

  • Pattie

    Are the red ones for sale?

  • Gretchen Schaumann

    Ahhhh Julie…. Loving this post! If you go to the site I posted a blog post about what I did with our water skis out at the cabin. Let me know if you can’t find it, or if you’ve already re purposed it then all the better.
    LOVE the aqua pair…if you ever want to sell them… I’m your girl. 🙂 Our cabin is aqua’s and we are avid water skiers with a ski boat to boot.
    Great deals on the metal finds and so true about the church sales… I won’t be passing one by anytime soon.

  • Julie

    Judi – so nice to meet you – and thanks for the love! I know. Be still my heart on the skis too. I love them! And so great that you watched Sunday School filmstrips. Me too. So crazy! I haven’t decided yet what to do with all the cases – I *must* find something fun… Ideas are welcome. : ) I’m off to check out your blog!

  • judi

    hi julie,
    i found you via renew my home blog. i LOVE those skis and for FREE…be still my heart! those are SO awesome. and then to find the metal (love) in the church basement. the filmstrip rolls brought back memories…how very cool. what will you ever do with them?
    thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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  • emily

    Oh I love. The metal – perfect! And those skis!! The aqua skis!!!!!!! And R-girl likes them – so swell of her. Yes, you are a finder. Not always a keeper. Sounds like this time I might be out of luck though!

  • lora

    ohhhhh! I am so jealous!!! Tis the season of side of the road finds and church sales! This is when I say…I love this job!


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