Today I saw TWO yard sales in my area so I hopped in the car and went looking. I never did find the first one. Damn little teeny signs with bad directions. I knew where the second sale was and I thought it had promise since the ad read: Large Indoor Sale with a lot of everything. HA! Wrong-O. The sale was outside a building and there were three tables of junk, and I do mean junk and one rack of stinky clothes. Sigh. I know it's Winter and no one is having sales yet, but I got really excited when I saw there was a yard sale. Patooie. I did buy an old metal tool box that is the loveliest metallic blue color. I will use it in the booth to hold sheet music. I'm glad to have it, but it really wasn't worth the makeup and the gas it took to get there. :(
After those disappointments, I stopped in at a thrift that I have only been to once. I used to go there a lot, but then they moved to a smaller location and it wasn't worth going to anymore. But, I found myself in the area so I stopped in - once again, it wasn't really worth stopping. I did find three weird things to buy. When I checked out, the guy said, "Boy, you really needed those three things. I bet you couldn't have lived another day without those three things!" He said it nice and he was only joking, but he should be happy that I came in and bought the three weird things in his store! No one else would have bought them, I betcha.
Here's the blue toolbox and the three weird things - a teak nose (I told you they were weird!), a ginormous paper clip and an old receipt spike. Those little craft cups came from Goodwill later in the day. I think I have six of those receipt spikes now. I just throw them in a drawer for now. I consider it my moral obligation to remove them from the thrift stores so a kid won't poke his eye out with one.
On to Goodwill to drop off some donations and have a look around. I'd be better off if I only donated, but you know you just have to take a peek. So, I peeked.
I found a few big new gift bags that I can use.
Over thirty packages of older wrapping paper - most still wrapped and including a couple pretty sweet ones.
A ribbon - lots or vintage ribbon. Velvet ribbon, Sasheen ribbon, lace ribbon and some ungodly bright orange yarn that is screaming to be used on The Bean's next birthday. There's also a bow maker in there along with bow pins and instructions as well as a snowflake ornamen kit. (Hey! How'd that nose get in there???)
As I sorted the ribbons, I spotted a hidden surprise. Do you see it?
A vintage spun head Bride and Groom! Eek! That tiny little find made the day out completely worth it. Maybe my Spidey senses aren't entirely whacked after all.