Thursday, September 29, 2016

Garage Saling with Littles

Over the years, one of the ways we've made ends meet on a short shoestring budget is to frequent garage sales. We call it going saling. When my children were young, I'd give them each $1 in change. Amy, the youngest, wanted hers in nickles. Yes, she nickled and dimed them! I was always amazed at what they were able to purchase. Yes, there's the cute factor, but they learned to bargain. I never learned that, and I feel extraordinarily nervous about it. So, if I find something I really like, I have one of the kids bargain for it!

Now they are 25, 19, 17, and 15. Little and cute gets great bargains, but they're all still good bargainers. Life goes on, and I miss those little cuties. I love who they are becoming as young adults as well. I sure do value the photos and the memories.

Blessings,
Laura
walking down 
memory Lane

P.S. The girls had their faces painted at a festival... just in case you're wondering what's up with the picture.




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14 comments:

  1. I love that she recognized the purchasing power of a fist full of nickels! Bargaining is an overlooked skill. I don't have it either!

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    1. I've read about it, Anne, but I don't seem to have the confidence. I'm making a new soup for dinner tonight. Here's the link.
      http://www.briana-thomas.com/whats-on-my-plate-harvest-soup/
      Be blessed!
      Laura

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    2. My kids loved to go to garage sales and negotiate for a better deal. :) Sometimes their "cuteness" factor alone brought the price down or they were just given things. ;) Now they are adults and they all know how to get the best bargains and deals. I'm very proud of them for that!

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    3. Oh yes, cute definitely gets a good deal regardless!
      Bargaining will serve them well Debbie, well done.
      Be blessed,
      Laura

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  2. Awe the cute factor! Grandsons work well too.
    This was a fun post. Feel free to come over and link at The Fall Party. It is heartwarming and perfect! Every party needs a good story teller!
    http://mychristmasjourney.blogspot.com/2016/09/fabulous-fall-party-link-your-party.html
    Happy Fall!

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    1. I am honored Lynn. I'll be right over.

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  3. When I was young, my favorite garage sale score was a jigsaw puzzle. I was especially thrilled if the seller was kind enough to put on a piece of masking tape to say whether the puzzle was complete or how many pieces were missing. And if they circled the missing piece locale on the picture, I never missed a sale they did!!

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    1. How fun! I'm not so good at puzzles. I wish I were.

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  4. I have never been good at bargaining, if so,etching is worth the price people are asking, I just go ahead and pay for it. My husband and daughter in law, and esp. my son are much better at it than me.
    I think it must be a skill and and art :)

    We like doing puzzles in the winter, but I like new ones :), but I only get the dollar store ones. Less chance of the last piece being missing that way.

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    1. We have a Christmas puzzle the kids put together year after year. It's a nativity scene. Finally, one year a piece was missing. They were so disappointed, but they kept it anyway. Last year I found another one and gave it to them.

      Have a wonderful week Annie!
      Laura

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  5. Your story brings back great memories, as well as the puzzle for Christmas. I remember the kids used to groan if I spotted a yard sale on the way to softball practice at church, they knew they would be a few minutes late. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Tee hee! My kids just love the sales.

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  6. How fun to go to the sales with kids.. I remember taking my now 16 yr old granddaughter with me.. We have a childrens home in our town. They would have a big yard sale each spring.. She loved it.. She would go in with her pocket change and come out with tons of dolls/clothes for her babies.. We had fun..however Callie's mom fussed at me , for bringing in more junk.lol
    I too, dont have the confidence to barter..ha

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    1. I don't have the confidence to barter either, Judy. My kids abound with confidence in so many ways. It just amazes me.

      Be blessed,
      Laura

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