October 24, 2011
Yard Sales are My Weakness
On Saturday I stood in a hot asphalt parking lot in 92 degree heat trying on this glitzy sequined jacket. Visions of the coming holidays danced in my head. With November right around the corner, people in Arizona begin to believe it truly might be possible to walk outside without the sun melting them into nothing more than a pool of sweat. Along with the belief that cooler temperatures are just around the corner, comes people flinging open their doors and having yard sales. I love to shop, but I love a bargain. It just kills me to pay full price for anything. Maybe that comes from living as a hippie during my formative years. Or maybe because I know that one day I might have to rely on social security and that ain't going to be much.
I know some people turn their noses up at used clothing, and I respect that, but not me. So, on this hot fall morning last weekend, I went to a giant community yard sale in a church parking lot and found this jacket covered in sequins.
The woman wanted $7 for this shiny jacket. I offered $5. She balked at my price. Okay so I'm cheap. I walked away, but the jacket kept calling my name. It sparkled in the hot Arizona sunshine. I returned and asked again. (I have no shame). She told me this was her sister's jacket. Her sister, she said, was too old to wear it anymore. How old is your sister? 65. Hmmm. Am I getting too old to wear a sequined jacket, too? Or am I right on the cusp? Now or never I thought. I paid full asking price. Now I'm hoping the right place to wear may come along (build it and it will come theory) and with it weather cool enough to wear it without fainting.
Every Morning you are handed 24 golden hours.
They are one of the few things you get free of charge.
If you had all the money in the world,
you couldn't buy an extra hour.
What will you do with this priceless treasure?
Remember, you must use it, as it is given only once.
Once wasted, you cannot give it back.
For all these treasures I spent less than ten dollars. Such a small price for so much fun. And it all went to a good cause. My kind of shopping.