Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A Saturday morning in small town Minnesota July 19, 2014

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I DIDN’T BUY ANYTHING at this recent garage sale in Dundas. But I got this photo:


Garage sale in Dundas 2


I can’t quite put my finger on why I like this scene, this image.

It’s not because I’m some old car enthusiast, although I admire this shiny 1957 Chevy.

Rather it’s the serenity, I think, of a Saturday morning in a small town. This car collector had driven to Dundas for a car show, which was cancelled presumably because of the predicted rainfall. This scene speaks to me of small town living and contentment and simpler days when life was less hurried.

And I like, too, how the hue of the car is mimicked in the color of the garage sale sign. Not quite the same shade, but noticeable to my eye.

This photo could write a story. That’s my conclusion.

How does this scene speak to you?

Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling




16 Responses to “A Saturday morning in small town Minnesota”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    I noticed the neatly mown lawns and how the street all looks neat and tidy. Nice shot . I am pretty sure this is the car that my Grandpa Dittus had so those memories come to mind also although his would have been a farm setting.

  2. cecilia Says:

    I think that is it, and ‘scuse my spelling, but it is a quintessential small town america image, this is a favourite POV of many film makers, next you will see the 57 chevy stand up, turn around, its wheels will turn to legs and its fins become machine guns and it will shoot over our head at the alien battle ship flying across the top of the house opposite.. so pay attention!.. c

  3. Jackie Says:

    That color….. I actually kind of like it, something about it speaks of “yesteryear”, will there be a poem in the future about this scene? I long for a quiet lazy Saturday, seems like life is full of “things to do” Today it’s a wedding, next week a baby shower and b-day party for my grand-niece 🙂 It’s all good, just busy 🙂

  4. Ted Aaberg Says:

    Hi Audrey:

    The picture brings a lot to me. I noticed first the mail boxes continue towards the background. I think of people coming to and leaving home. Kids off to kindergarten, teenagers to high school, and young adults to college, to where ever in the country or world that may be. My mind wonders to the letter boxes and all the wonderful personal greetings people have received from family and friends, soldiers off to foreign lands, family and friends who have moved far away for employment most likely.

    Green is also what strikes me. So many fantastic shades of green in the grass and trees. I like every shade of the color, and that says something. The trees are plentiful, some older and others newly planted. I could look at trees all day long. Minnesota is a state of green, I think like no other.

    The 57 Chevrolet brings me back to my childhood. I like it in the picture, because it evokes history, and a proclivity towards our past by the owner, and the community, which hosts the car show. I don’t know why history is so important, but it inspires me, and it seems to me in a community which cares about its past, you will find, a thoughtful and talented people. Where character and care run deep.

    I haven’t responded much lately. I am busy packing moving to Arlington, the next town over. I really appreciated the poem by the Faribault girl about snowstorms. I hope to comment on that later. The poem was such a dance, felt like I was in the midst of watching the Nutcracker.


    • Ted, I’ve wondered why I hadn’t heard from you in a long time. Now I understand. Welcome back. Have you ever thought of returning to Minnesota? We are blessed with a lot of green here, aren’t we? That happens to be my favorite hue.

      I love your introspective and detailed comment on this post. A story, really.

  5. What a great car. Just slightly before my time, but I remember people still driving them when I was a kid — was a big deal to see them even then. Wonderful photo, looks like a scene from the past (except I don’t think they had garage sales in the late ’50s).

  6. Thread crazy Says:

    My eyes were first drawn to the car as my Dad had one in a light blue color that he drove to work; memories of those days quickly filled my mind. Then I saw the beautiful lawn on a quiet street with all the pretty tall trees…it seemed you could look forever down that street and never see its end. What a nice quaint town to have a home in.

  7. Your capture makes me think of life in the 50’s and 60’s and the simple life 🙂 Even the pink and green is reminiscent of that time period. When you knew your neighbors and the kids could run around safely – even bike down the street or play in the street. I think about just kicking back and hanging out to have a good time! There is a poem in this capture for you 🙂 Happy Week!

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