Often on my Saturday and Sunday bike rides, I come across garage sales. There are a lot in the Kahala and Hawai`i Kai neighborhoods. I don't stop because I only carry a few dollars with me, and I can't really carry anything home. So it would be hard even to leave a deposit and return with my car.
Last week my wife's co-worker held a garage sale because they were selling their house and moving into a small apartment. Usually with garage sales you have to get there early because the good stuff goes quickly. We were allowed a sneak preview the night before the sale so we ventured into rainy Manoa Valley.
As it was we missed out on a lot of neat Japanese items because an early bird shopper was there before us. But I found some fun things...
I love this used goma (sesame seed) roasting pan, it reminded my of my mother roasting goma on the stove and the wonderful aroma it releases.
A wooden Spam musubi maker. For my non-Hawaii friends, google it! Using a wooden tool feels so much better than plastic. I won't use Spam but I will use it to make other musubi...not to be confused with onigiri!
I don't know what I'll do with this miniature metal tea pot, but I like it. I'll find a place for it as I set up my studio.
I just love this Buddha! I'm not Buddhist, I'm not even sure if it is a Buddha, but it think it will create a nice ambience for when I get back into Japanese brush work. Thinking and hoping for Zen!
Then I found this box.
It's a small Japanese calligraphy set. These were given out as gifts by different agencies. This one was from Japan Travel Bureau, I have another one from Japan Airlines.
This kit was almost complete including the instructions, but the extension handle for the brush is missing.
Much better than those cheapy ballpoint pens we used to get from pharmaceutical reps!
I found another little box, but this one had a little laquer finished box inside.
It was another Japanese calligraphy set. No instructions but everything intact including a little water container. The ink stick in both kits were unused.
That was fun. I don't know what I'm going to do with the calligraphy kits yet, I doubt I will ever use them. But then again...who knows? After the garage sale we went and had dinner at a nearby Thai Restaurant, and yes it was raining in Manoa Valley.
Maybe I should carry more cash and stop by the garage sales on my bike rides!