Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Garage Sale (my heart is all a-flutter)

Garage Sale (noun): an event where you rid your home of objects that you can live without, but you hope that others can't.

My neighbors recently held a garage sale.  Even though one would think that a neighbor's garage sale won't directly affect your life, it became a big deal around here.  Our girls volunteered to help sell cookies and lemonade with other neighborhood kids, and for two days they spent most of their waking moments visiting the sale, talking about the sale, persuading us to buy items from the sale, or longingly observing the sale from our driveway across the street in the rare moments when we lured them back to our house.

By the end of the weekend, the girls had a new bin of Polly Pockets in their possession (because, clearly, we need more small plastic toys in our house), and I had picked up two of these butterfly decorations for a dollar.


When I showed the butterflies to a friend, she said, "I think my parents had a decoration just like that when I was growing up."  I went a step farther to offer my guess that roughly three million Americans owned this exact same gold butterfly decoration in 1987.  Give or take a dozen.

At any rate, I modernized the butterflies with a quick coat of spray paint, and they're now happily flying above my daughters' beds.


Good as new.  Come to think of it, perhaps even better.

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6 comments:

  1. My family has an annual garage sale every year. We love it... but alas, we always end up bringing other people's treasures home.

    I love those butterflies... great idea to spray paint them. They look so cute!

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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  2. It's amazing what a can of spray paint can do!

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  3. smoothstonesAugust 14, 2013

    Oh, good idea with the paint!

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  4. Your family is on the ball with an annual sale! Impressive! I can fully understand how you end up bringing other people's treasures home!

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