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Back in the “old days”. . you know the 80’s and 90’s, when I was young. . .yard sales just weren’t so profitable--or even worth going to. In fact, they were overall pretty dumpy. And there weren’t very many of them. It could be that the area where we lived was so poor, so any clothing sold was pretty much already worn out and ratty. It could be that people just did not have so many yard sales. I’m not exactly sure.

Since DH and I both grew up in poorer families, it was common to do back-to-school shopping at the local Salvation Army. These days, you can find some great deals at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Back then, well, not so much. They were overall dirty and the clothing was at least 10 years outdated.

Then, sometimes there were hand-me-downs, which I was lucky to be the first one to sort through. These were still outdated, and my poor sister had to wear them AFTER me. Lucky her.

Speaking of hand-me-downs, once an older lady in our church handed down her underwear to my sister and I, wrapped up like a present.

Out of necessity, we still had to take (or wear) what we could find, whether from yard sales, hand-me-downs, or the Salvation Army, which resulted in DH having to wear plaid polyester pants and huge bow ties about ten or more years after they had gone out of fashion. I won’t talk about the hideous skirts and ruffled blouses that I had to wear to school. Wow, those were just awful.

There exist some hysterical pictures (sort of) from those days, where the ugliness of my wardrobe is striking.  I am not courageous enough to share. Then again, DH has a picture where he is with his family, wearing a plaid bow-tie that is about a foot long (honestly). Fun times!

My favorite old-time yard sale finds were old chemistry sets from the 50’s and 60’s with deadly chemicals and real glass test tubes. My siblings and I spent time trying desperately to blow something up, but I am afraid the chemicals were not at original strength.

And so, I am thankful for the modern yard sales, where I can find stylish, brand-name, clean clothing for my kids and beautiful artwork for my home, and other fun things. Not to say that I haven’t found some really, really, really interesting/weird items at yard sales, but that’s for another post.

Did your shop at the Salvation Army or at yard sales when you were a  child? Do your old family or school pictures make you cringe? Feel free to share! 🙂

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I really wanted to wish my readers, whoever you are, a Happy Thanksgiving.

My three loving and lively children are SO excited. For them, Thanksgiving is an extended vacation from school and lots of fun times playing with their cousins and exploring the woods in the country.

And, since this IS, after all, a yard sale blog, I will start out a tiny bit ON TOPIC.  Below, is Thing 3 modeling her Thanksgiving dress—she loves the turkey. It is a bargain dress from a yard sale—I paid $1. It should be a hit when she wears it tomorrow.


However, I’m not naive or dumb enough to think that all of you will enjoy Thanksgiving. Frankly, Thanksgiving is not up there on my own personal “favorite days of the year” list. It involves long road trips with children. And mostly, the holiday entails sitting and eating all.day.long.

Not to mention, that some of us have relatives we like more than others. . .and some of us tend to feel a bit claustrophobic at large family gatherings with a combination of the ones we like. . and, well. . the ones we “love in the Lord”. .or “love because they’re family”. And we tend to seek out a quiet place, sometime through the day, to be alone for a few moments. Just being honest, here—KEEPING THINGS REAL. I know some of my readers will feel this way. . .and in all the cheery Thanksgiving wishes and posts, they’ll feel a bit sarcastic (if they’re like me) and as if no one actually understands how they really feel.

Thanksgiving is a reminder to some of you, of loved ones lost, loved ones whose company you loved and enjoyed, who you used to celebrate with—and these memories can cause great sorrow, remembering past Thanksgivings. Children are often torn between two or three or four families, due to separation and divorce.  Sometimes they have to choose which parent to spend the holiday with. That has to be so difficult, and hard, and sad.

What about going back to families where growing up was painful in other ways, due to growing up in a family filled with strife, violence, alcoholism. . or other awful things? The joking around the table often covers hearts that are still holding pain from the times when they were young and innocent and hurt. And now, they are forced to fill plates with turkey and smile ruefully across the table at people who failed to love them properly when they needed it most.

For some, Thanksgiving is a painful reminder of what they ARE NOT or DO NOT have, as family members thoughtlessly wound you, asking things like: “Haven’t you found a job YET?” or “Any new prospects in the dating realm?” or “Are you planning to start a family soon?” People forget that jobs and spouses and children and success are not always as easy to come by as they seem.

I pondered all of these things, and more this week. Then, it occurred to me, that if we choose personally to make Thanksgiving about giving thanks, we can find moments of true joy in the holiday, no matter what the circumstances. Giving thanks in what we do have. . .in the food on the over-filled plate in front of us, in health (if we have been so blessed), in our vehicles which transported us to these family gatherings, in the roofs that cover our heads each night, in the fact that we have the freedom to celebrate and give thanks.

And so, tomorrow I will give thanks for my husband . . .for my beautiful children (even as they test my patience during the 3 hour drive). . .for my God, who is still beside me and loving me, even when I don’t understand His ways. . .for all the gifts that I have and value and hold dear.

And, in closing, here is Thing 2, wearing with pride his Pilgrim hat from school.

For all of us, may tomorrow be a day filled with thanks!

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I have a new header on my blog! And, it fits my theme!

This is not a typical “yard sale related” post. Tomorrow, I hope to post about how to find the best yard sales, in order to plan a great yard sale route. Today, I will digress. . .I promise I will mostly stick to my theme, but every so often, I am sure I will post something a bit off-topic.

When I started this blog, I knew that I liked to write. I knew that lots of my friends have asked me about how I find such good deals at yard sales, and I knew that I could (hopefully) help them out with this blog.

However, I am fairly new to WordPress, though I have dabbled in it a bit before, and I am NOT creative or artistic in ANY way when it comes to designing things. In fact, I am not even a crafty person. Example: Pinterest depresses me, somewhat, because I know I will never be THAT creative–ever.

I knew that unless there was some type of “design a blog header for dummies” option, I wouldn’t be able to do this. So, I chose a  WordPress theme with a rather picturesque header of a bridge over water—which was peaceful looking, but completely unrelated to my theme.

Last week, I somewhat desperately asked (on Facebook) for someone to guide me through creating an appropriate header. To be honest, my expectations were low. I didn’t think anyone would respond.

But, to make a long story short (I know people don’t have long attention spans when reading blog posts), someone offered to not only help me, but design my header for me. . .and gave me detailed instructions on inserting it into the proper place in WordPress.

So, you know who you are. . .Thank you again!!! And, I hope this week that somehow, in my own way, I can also do something meaningful for someone. Because, in the larger picture, NONE of us really know what may be going on in another person’s heart and life, and how much one kind act might mean.

Have a great Monday!

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