When you live in the Mid West, I think spring is a big deal to most people. When there is finally some relief from the bitter cold, a chance to open the windows, smell the sent of fresh cut grass, hear the sounds of people out and about…running, walking, biking, playing outside, the sounds of balls hitting bats. So much to love about spring and to appreciate after being cooped up in the house all winter. But for me, one of the most anticipated things that I look forward to about spring is the beginning of yard sale season.
I will admit I am a thrifty shopper. If I can’t find it second hand or on the clearance rack, I will likely go without it. I’m just stubburn that way…because I know there is a deal out there waiting for me. Somewhere. If I just hold out.
For me, the thing about yard sales isn’t so much about just shopping, but rather “hunting” for that bargain. There is a true thrill in the hunt. To find that item that I may never see again, the item that is marked down so ridiculously cheap that I can’t pass it up, the item that I already have and love so very much that I must pick it up for a friend so they can experience the joy I have in owning that particular item as well.
Plus it’s just fun to be off on an adventure, chat with people, browse through their junk (and many times it’s exactly that…junk).
For years it was all about being the first one to arrive, in time to snag the big plastic kids toys (Little Tikes, Step 2, etc). It’s absolutely crazy how people will behave to get their hands on those things. But since our kids have mostly outgrown those things and even getting a bit too large for the sizing selections of children’s clothing at most sales, I thought my yard saleing days were coming to an end.
That is until I started using my kitchen. Now I have new things to hunt for…kitchen gadgets, dishes, cookbooks, small appliances and more. The hunt is back on!
I got to enjoy my first foodie sale hunt of the season today. I hit just one sub wide sale. Not too many finds, but it’s a start.
First find was Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food on CD. I splured $3 on this one. I love to devour information, but lack a lot of reading time. Yay…audio book to the rescue! I actually slipped in right in and started listening on the way home.
Next was a 1978 Better Homes and Gardens “Complete Step By Step Cookbook”. This is exactly what I need. Step by step illustrations. Hey, this cooking stuff is totally new to me. Look at that. Step by step with pictures…it’s almost like a blog or pinterest in print form. I love it!
And then there was one non food related item that I couldn’t pass up for $1.
I’m looking forward to a season full of foodie finds! Hope you might get out for a few hunts yourself.