Sunday, May 17, 2009

Doing my part.

Yesterday morning my son needed a ride to the ballpark so that he could umpire a game. He had to be there at 8:45 so I decided to take him and maybe stop by a few yard sales on my way back home. I used to go to yard sales all the time...and the flea market, too. At least once a month. But...the kids got older and started playing sports. We got more and more involved with church and busied ourselves with that. And before I knew it...I'd gotten away from yard sales. I'd stop on occasion...and would usually find something cool. But I didn't get up early and go intentionally...you know, coffee in travel mug, snacks so you don't have to stop, newspaper with yellow hi-lites, map, girlfriend...intentionally.
Well, yesterday I decided to stop by some yard sales, semi-intentionally; no map or newspaper but I did have my reusable water bottle, small bills and change and I'd actually changed out of my pajama bottoms! And I'm so glad that I did! I got some good bargains: Capri's from The Gap, $3; Joe Boxer comforter for one of the boys beds, $3; gorgeous print, $1; two glass storage jars, 25 cents each; enamel ware kitchen tin set, $5; ampersand wall hanging, brand new $13, I paid $5; and a tiny white creamer with blue trim and flowers (not pictured, it went directly into the hutch) for 75 cents. Not a bad haul for $18.25.
This is the first time I've purchased an article of clothing at a yard sale. I just don't have luck in finding clothes that I like...or that are my size...or that are in decent enough condition...used. But yesterday I did. And I'm feeling pretty good about it. I have to say, I do pretty good buying clothes on the clearance rack. I typically don't buy something unless it's on sale. But...the beauty of buying used is that whole recycling thing...reusing...and it made me feel like I'm doing "my part" for the environment.

4 comments:

Sojourner said...

Nice finds! I want to go "intentionally" garage saling with you next time. Although, I might only be going for the Starbucks and the joy of watching you find "it"!!!!

Michelle said...

Hey Elaine...whatever your motives I'd LOVE to go yard saling with you! Maybe we could meet at DeNio's sometime...that's always a fun place, too.

dmoms said...

I believe that YOU scored!

Nancy said...

I'd say you had a great day. I too went to garage sales (intentionally) and found nothing. Some days are like that.