"Start now to create a plan if you don’t already have one, or update your present plan. Watch for best buys that will fit into your year’s supply. We are not in a situation that requires panic buying, but we do need to be careful in purchasing and rotating the storage that we’re putting away. The instability in the world today makes it imperative that we take heed of the counsel and prepare for the future." (L. Tom Perry)
I saw my first yard sale sign today for the season. It brought back memories of going every week. The first thing on my list was anything I could use for storage...weird, right? Well here’s some of the things I found: wrapped soap, flashlights, candles, canning jars, oil lamps, oil for lamps, a brand new steamer canner for three dollars never opened. So these are just a few. So many more things like gardening tools and household tools, sewing fabric and notions, knitting needles and yarns, etc. One time I was at a sale she was doing half price then half again, some weird math type thing, but whatever it was I bought a bobbin winder for twelve and a half cents.
It is this very one. It winds bobbins for my weaving shuttles. I wanted to show you how much I would have to pay to buy one new. So what do you think? Does yard saling pay off? Yes, it does. Was it work? Yes, very much so.
The bobbins are the white part with the fiber on it in the center of the shuttles.
At a yard sale I would take a fast look around for anything that fit that first thing on my list, after that I would have things listed that we needed like snow suits, coats, whatever it was. Now I had this list with me because I am easily distracted and before I would leave I would consult my list.
I would always look through their free box. I would find adult jeans with broken zippers that I would make into little jeans for the girls.
Here are some of the yard sale finds…
So you see, many items are still very useful. Having done this for years we have saved lots of money, we could not afford to have purchased them new. I was able to stretch our budget very far. So next time you see a yard sale sign, stop and look around and see how far your money goes.
Missy says she is priceless.
Gus says at the top of his list is cat toys.