Today I planned to simply stay home, I’m absorbed in the latest book I’m reading, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Instead, I got a call from my dil telling me there was a yard sale near my home and would I check it out. She has a few things on a wish list for the new house that would be nice to find used. So off I went.
As I approached the yard sale I spotted the number one item she had on her wish list. A play kitchen for her daughter. The price was good, I decided to go home and get more money. But first I had little things I wanted to check out.
I spotted a Mickey mouse shirt for a girl. But it’s too large for my grand-daughters. While looking at it I remembered my other dil telling me she would like to have a “purse” for her daughter to carry her stuff around in. My grand-daughter is obsessed with Mickey Mouse so this would be perfect. She uses the pillow I made her, but it doesn’t hold as much as she would like to stuff in there. For 50 cents I can turn this into a bag.
I will simply cut it down and add some white fabric inside to make it stiffer then go through the scraps for something colorful for the carrying straps.
Next up, I spotted these wire-coated shelves. I’ve been looking for something to hold my things in the shower. I’ll have to figure out what I want to attach them with I’m thinking of a suction cup and some fishing line. I refused to buy anything plastic and the metal ones in the store are, in my opinion, over priced. Knowing my friends and family, some one will want to steal this idea from me, so I picked up two for 25 cents.
As I was going to leave to get more money for the kitchen I noticed a bed skirt in the exact size of my bed (full). This is something I always thought I would like, but never wanted to spend the money on. At this price I decided it was time to see how I liked having a bed skirt finally.
As I headed over to pay for my purchases and ask if the kitchen could be held till I ran home for more money (I only had $4 on me) I spotted the homeowner. She looked so familiar to me, so I said so. She said she too thought she knew me from some where. When she told me her first name I knew it. She was my son’s favorite first grade teacher. My son had attended an elementary school on the college campus. Instruction was Montessori style and the school wanted to be sure everyone had plenty of time for one-on-one instruction so there were 3 students per teacher in each classroom. Mary was his favorite. As soon as I was putting the pieces together in my head she too put the connection together with my son. She mentioned thinking of him just the other day and the time she would spend with him on his math skills.
She was truly a wonderful teacher who believed if a child failed it was her failing not his. Her belief was that the child didn’t fail, she failed in not figuring out how this child learned and absorbed information best. If only all teachers felt this way, but I digress.
We ended up spending a good hour catching up on everything. As I headed home I learned the weathermen are really bad at their job yet again. Yesterday, we were supposed to have thunderstorms, they went around and we had zero rain. Today we had a zero percent chance of rain, guess what I ended up drenched from a thunderstorm on my way home.
After the rain, I paid for my kitchen and got it home. Can’t wait for my grand-daughter to see what her mom bought for her. All the extras were included: toaster, tea kettle, dishes, food, pans, rolling pins, even a clothes iron. All for $25. Sure beats brand-new.
I have to share that cooking is the one things both her children love. They enjoy helping us in the kitchen, but they also love to pretend.
At my house they have an old pan I put with the toys more than 3 years ago. It’s still their favorite thing to play with, indoors or out. You can make “pretend” food with anything from playing cards, dominoes, and even dirt and weeds.
Have you found any yard sales lately? What did you find that saved you having to purchase it new? Have a great weekend.