Paper Dolls for Boys

Raising 2 crafty boys and thrifting every chance I get.

Junk Explosion June 29, 2008

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And not the cool kind of junk either.

We had a yardsale on Saturday and it was a plastic mess. I am embarrassed to say it wasn’t even everything that needed to go but it was a good start. The things that didn’t sell are boxed and awaiting a trip to Charlie and Pat’s for donation. Feels good to make space for the avalanche of stuff that steadily heads this way.

While hauling stuff out of the garage we found the signs I had saved from our last yard sale but couldn’t find earlier so I ending up making some of the half-assed signs I always complain about when other people make them. My son enjoyed being a walking billboard and asked if he could keep the signs to put them in his “treasure box”. Maybe now we will know where they are for the next sale!

Funny I didn’t choose to take photos of this stuff when I was playing along with Toy Week at Green Jello. Keeping it real, real JUNKY, ya’ll!

I was happy (but surprised) these did not sell. I’ll tuck them away for my future kitchen that doesn’t suck.

At one point I was thinking I should charge admission as a playzone to supplement slow sales.

My favorite part of the day was talking with all the friends and neighbors who stopped by and meeting nice new neighbors. One of which gave me $2 for a truck I offered to sell him at $1. My new FAVORITE neighbor is what I like to call him.

Some of the Friends & Neighbors

Look at those legs!

My boys and their buddy had a blast playing with all the forgotten toys. We negotiated a bring back ONE policy and overall the boys did a great job of hanging out, playing, and seeing their stuff go.

Here was my favorite yard sailor of the day. She pulled up in style and bought what would have been the item that made ticker tape fall from the sky with a big neon sign saying, “You picked a winner!”, if I had that kind of power.

Rumor has it my mom is a big reader of the blog, so I need to take a moment to say, “Mom, this was a great hat. The boys loved it but it was time for it to move on to a new home. You understand.”

She was such a sport to model the hat for me. She bargained hard but in a non-obnoxious way. Thumbs up for kindness and fun at yard sales!

And here is my tribute to a treasure lost.

I got this trunk for a steal in Davis Square many years ago. A woman I worked with and I managed to get it in her convertible and we got it up to my 3rd floor apartment. For a long time I used it as a linen closet and then we used it to put the television on. It had a mystery drawer that was locked and we enjoyed imagining what riches were in that drawer. My parents even hired a locksmith to open it but no dice. When we moved to this place I stored it in the basement and then the garage, always planning for it to have a place of honor when we get our own place. Unfortunately it got alarmingly moldy and beyond help. My downstairs neighbor took his power tools and crow bar to it and we solved the mystery of the formerly impenetrable drawer – empty. But I did get some of the hardware off and may go back down to the curb for the rest of it.

Here is my favorite shot of the day. My little guy poached this from our neighbor’s portion of the sale.

Yard Sale wrap up – it is not nearly as exciting to HAVE a yard sale as it is to GO to them. I never really thought about it until yesterday but wouldn’t it feel so much more satisfying to parade your best treasures in your front lawn for friends and neighbors to admire? But then I wouldn’t have 130 bucks burning a hole in my pocket now would I?


15 Responses to “Junk Explosion”

  1. Lisa Says:

    It does you good to have a clean out every so often! Glad your yard sale was a big success.

  2. Monica Says:

    they dont play with those toys anymore but the second you put it out at a sale they play with it!!!!!!

  3. Monica,
    That is THE TRUTH!

  4. Paige Says:

    I love all of those pictures! I should have a yard sale myself, but I’m too lazy…it’s a lot of work! But then money in the pocket is a good thing. Hmmm.

  5. A complete stranger Says:

    Good-bye Crazy Hat!
    Good-bye Singing Elmo Chair!
    Darling photo of the boys on the little car!
    A friend who drives a convertible; now those were the days before kids!
    Congrats on your pocket full of jingle.

  6. I love the story of the trunk. Great photos too. We have the same Ikea horse on a stick and I’ve been contemplating adding it to our get rid of pile. Seemed like such a great thing at the store. Did you keep the canisters?

  7. Anne Says:

    This was a fun post, I felt like I was at your yard sale. We have many of the items you were selling. Now you can spend that $130!

  8. megincl Says:

    Love the yard sale expose! As it really is an act of exposing, as you note. I must say that my last yard sale, long ago in Oakland, was such a great time to meet the other members of my little street community — of course it happened a week before we moved across the coast, but there really are many purposes that these sales can serve. Perhaps they should be obligatory as an act of community building….

    And did I see a little stereotype breaker there? Nudge to L….Q talks about breaking stereotypes NON-STOP!

  9. Vonda Says:

    Sorry I was not aware of your yard sale. I could have bought something that you really did not want to part with and then later you could have secretly reposessed it!!! After all, what are friends for?

  10. Vonda Says:

    Is that how you spell “reposess”? I am so tired and I have had 3 glasses of wine….yeah that is my story!!!

  11. lauren Says:

    You got a perfect sampling of the day… glad I could contribute to the play group atmosphere. I’d like to label the picture of O in the the elmo chair- “a moment of hording bliss aka MINE”

  12. lexi Says:

    Well done you for getting rid of so much stuff. I can’t bear to do it. And I’m meant to be getting into a bag a day. Better get onto that, you’ve inspired me.

  13. Jenny Says:

    Sounds like you had a blast! and got rid of a bunch of stuff. wish we could’ve hit your sale!

  14. Tonya Says:

    Definitely would have come by if I could have. But then you wouldn’t still have those yellow kitchen canisters. You’d have to come to my house to visit them.

  15. Shell Says:

    I wish our yardsales were like this. We get cranky old people stalking our house three hours early. Then they snear alot and there are no kids really. I want the trunk, the locker and those cool yellow containers!

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