You know, you can get really great things at garage sales. In 1995, I met this guy on a garage sale outing (we were introduced by a mutual friend. I’ll tell that story in more detail on October 7). In 1997 I married him. That’s the all-time best thing I’ve ever found at a garage sale, obviously.
This morning’s haul was pretty good, though.
I don’t typically frequent garage sales, but lately my mom and I have been walking really early in the mornings. This morning we walked by a garage sale down the street and around the corner from my house, and so we went in to browse.
For $35, I got one of these, WITH a top:
For $15, I got a LOT more track and train segments and accessories than you see here:
For $1 I got a book that Helen saw and wanted:
(She has the “In the Sea” book, and LOVES it. So this is a nice addition)
And for $40 I got a bunkbed similar to this one (but without a ladder):
The one I got has a darker stain on it, and is pretty scarred up from living with a little boy for the past few years. But I’m going to paint it to match Helen’s bedroom furniture anyway, so the appearance of it didn’t matter to me all that much. We’ll store stuffed animals on the top of it for a while, and then if the girls want to be in the same room sometimes when they’re a little older, they can be.
I am SO excited.
One thing I’m kind of looking for (but I’m too cheap to buy full price) is a heavy wooden chest of drawers for Alice’s room. The one we have in there right now is just drawers stacked on top of each other inside a wooden surrounding frame, so it’s pretty easy for her to pull down on top of herself when she pulls the drawers out. Which she does, on a regular basis. If any of my gentle readers (or their friends) have a chest of drawers that’s heavy wood that you hate (appearance of stain or paint job not important, since I’ll paint it anyway), please let me know.