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June 19, 2007 1:39 PM   Subscribe

Sopranos Yard Sale! Bring your goomah.
posted by miss lynnster (28 comments total)

 
Shouldn't that be (Ba-da-bing!)? I wish I was close enough to take advantage of this. Someone buy me some giant gold candelabras.
posted by Rock Steady at 1:42 PM on June 19, 2007


I can't believe they aren't auctioning these things off on ebay for charity.
posted by misha at 2:00 PM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'm concerned that with all the expectation and wait, this yard sale will just be a big let down.
posted by Peter H at 2:06 PM on June 19, 2007


In fact I plan on discussing my satisfaction/disatisfaction with this yard sale for months!
posted by Peter H at 2:07 PM on June 19, 2007


I went to it two hours after it opened, and it wasn't that great. It's nothing that you'd recognize from the series -- no Tony shirts, no Bada Bing signs. Lots of lamps and bad paintings.

The best part, other than the "gee-whiz" aspect, was the near fistfight between two, um, "Sopranos fans" standing in line.

Here's what I bought, on the off chance that anyone can place them in an episode:

One photograph of a boxer sitting in his corner with a coach leaning over him applying something to his eye. The photo is in a light brown wooden frame with white matte.

One photograph of a middle-aged couple, man with his arm around woman. She has sort of a red afro and a green shirt, he's wearing purple and white. Gold frame, white matte.

One coffee mug with a big red "#1" with the word Grandma written across it in black script.

One coffee mug with a blue square on it with black writing thatt reads "I have the world's cutest (yellow block around cutest) grandkids.

(I bought those two mugs hoping they'd show up in Lydia's hands in an early episode)

One coffe mug with the words "Cafe Du Monde" written on them, along with a picture of the restaurant of the same name.
posted by Bookhouse at 2:12 PM on June 19, 2007


Excuse me, I mean Livia's hands
posted by Bookhouse at 2:14 PM on June 19, 2007


Huh? Why is this best of the web? A yard sale of items that aren't even famous on the show?

I am a Sopranos fan and I can't figure out why this is on Metafilter.
posted by agregoli at 2:16 PM on June 19, 2007


Not everything has to be best of the fookin' web, does it? We can't just post things for fun sometimes? I mean, let me know 'cuz if we can't then I'm gonna have to rethink my posting strategy on a whole. No more alcoholic cupcake posts for me!
posted by miss lynnster at 2:24 PM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


I am a Sopranos fan and I can't figure out why this is on Metafilter. posted by agregoli

Oh, don't be so grown up, agregoli:)

I'm a Sopranos fan going through terrible cold turkey - so thank you miss lynnster!
posted by Jody Tresidder at 2:26 PM on June 19, 2007


So, in other words, they had UGATZ!!
posted by psmealey at 2:36 PM on June 19, 2007


I'm also surprised this isn't a charitable thing...junk or not, people will buy ANYTHING if it's associated with something as big as "The Sopranos." I remember looooong ago reading an article about an auction of props, etc. from the original "Star Trek" series that anecdoted about a guy who proudly dropped about a hundred bucks on what appeared to be a baggie full of fossilized dog crap; it was, he explained, actually the makeup used to put bags under the eyes of the actor playing Lincoln in some time travel episode or something. Imagine what you could get for an (unwashed!) James Gandolfini sweat sock!
posted by kittens for breakfast at 2:44 PM on June 19, 2007


Was the stuff cheap?
posted by Shakeer at 2:46 PM on June 19, 2007


I apologize for wanting Metafilter to you know, continue to be Metafilter. "Best of the web" is a guideline for posting, after all.

Thought the links were boring as all get out, but if you glean some pleasure from them, have at it. Sorry I'm not childlike enough to enjoy one link to a vague descriptor about a yard sale and another about the yard sale saying nothing of fame from the show will be sold. Flagged and moving on, anyway.
posted by agregoli at 2:51 PM on June 19, 2007


Was the stuff cheap?

Everything I bought above cost a total of ten dollars. Cheap enough.
posted by Bookhouse at 2:54 PM on June 19, 2007


If you want Metafilter to BE the best of the web, why not be proactive about it & participate? Help to make it so? You haven't contributed one post in 2 1/2 years. Just sayin'.
posted by miss lynnster at 3:06 PM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


Sometimes I wish we could do a time-out on the phrase "best of the web." Not that I want MeFi to stop being the best of the web, but people toss the phrase around so often to denigrate other people's posts that it's nearly become meaningless. Lynnster makes an excellent point about contributing positively.

Back on topic: Where were the soundstages and offices for the show? Didn't they share a prop house with any other show (as I know is often the case on studio sets here in LA)? Is there any way to be sure that all this stuff is indeed Sopranos stuff?
posted by hifiparasol at 3:19 PM on June 19, 2007


I am a Sopranos fan and I can't figure out why this is on Metafilter.

Some of us mouth-breathing Sopranos fans find this sort of thing interesting.

I want the Blue Comet.
posted by KokuRyu at 3:31 PM on June 19, 2007


Sorry I'm not childlike enough to enjoy one link to a vague descriptor about a yard sale and another about the yard sale saying nothing of fame from the show will be sold.

Wow - talk about solemn, agregoli!

I actually take the whole post as an interesting bit of post-show poignancy. Yard sales are a kind of sad wreckage, the bits and bobs of stuff that once meant a great deal to people and are just tat - shorn of context.

I was so bloody head over heels about the Sopranos I could even imagine myself making a furtive trek (I live on Long Island) for a shabby relic - strange behavior for a grown woman - but it was an extraordinary show that made rapt fools of some of us who had always snootily deplored TV fandom.

Anyway, it always pays to be polite to miss lynnster - you never know when she hasn't had her coffee.
posted by Jody Tresidder at 3:35 PM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


If I want stuff that looks like it came from a mafioso's house, I can just buy furniture from Costco. Voila! I'm in white-trash Tuscany! Genuine marble, a shitload of brass and gold plating where applicable!

And I can take comfort in the fact that it's new so there's no grease on it.
posted by Mayor Curley at 3:51 PM on June 19, 2007 [2 favorites]


I guess this means no follow-up feature film.
posted by culberjo at 3:54 PM on June 19, 2007


THIS is the Sopranos link of the day, but it was deleted because the post didn't make it clear that first link goes to a great video.

(The yard sale? Not so much.)
posted by CunningLinguist at 4:59 PM on June 19, 2007


S’funny. I’m thinking of another connotation for the ending of the series - co-option.
He’s not just dead, he’s stuffed.
Reminds me of what Paulie Walnuts said early in the series at a Starbucks (Look at this, they take all our food, our culture, turn it around and sell it, espresso, pizza...they’d be eating pootsie if it weren’t for us) before he swipes a carafe.
I mean there’s Tony and his family eating (and enjoying) onion rings (best in the state - wtf?) how are they even really Italian? He’s just a gangster. And even that, and all the violence, is stale. Member’s Only guy is swooping around like a buzzard, yeah, but so’s the audiance. Looking so much at where the camera goes, we forget the camera itself and what the orchestration itself means.
Huh.
Reminds me of the ending of “American Psycho” (the book).
posted by Smedleyman at 5:02 PM on June 19, 2007


That was quite an odd Hillary Clinton video. Do you really WANT your next president to have an actual sense of humour?
posted by KokuRyu at 5:08 PM on June 19, 2007


We can't just post things for fun sometimes?

it all depends on one's idea of fun, I guess
posted by matteo at 5:12 PM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


Well since she doesn't really, I'm not sure it's a big problem is it?
posted by miss lynnster at 5:15 PM on June 19, 2007


Actually, I was on the verge of posting about this sale myself (before I learned that all the iconic stuff would be unavailable and became despondent). You go, Miss Lynnster.
posted by GrammarMoses at 5:24 PM on June 19, 2007


Y'know, the more I read about this sale, the more I think that's the ending. Tony isn't dead, he's gone. Like the old Vegas. Everything he is, represents, etc. The guy in the Member's Only jacket is the past beckoning him.
...of course I drank a lot of coffee today.
posted by Smedleyman at 7:28 PM on June 19, 2007


Well, so how often does the NY Times review a yard sale?
posted by miss lynnster at 10:26 AM on June 20, 2007


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