My husband usually breaks out into a cold sweat when he sees me sliding on my flip-flops and rummaging for any cash that I might have in my bag (usually, not much) becuase he knows what types of items I usually bring home from these tag sales.
It's just that I get so excited at the sight of hundreds of items sprawled out on garage tables, driveways and on quilts on people's lawns. Call it "impulse shopping" if you will, but if it is impulsive, it's also very justifiable. I mean who can resist a "Trivial Pursuit" game for $.75? Not I.
Looking back, I can really understand how and why Mike's realism and practicality surface during these Saturday morning outings. For starters, I usually ending up buying things that we DON'T need AND in doing so, take up space that we DON'T have.
I guess it's time to fess up and tell you some of the "jewels" that I've carried home that at the time I truly believed that I just couldn't live without.
A vinyl bib-like thing with a metal clamp on the back, I think it was from the '50s and originally used on boats. I thought the kids could use it for storage.
A trunk-full of old quilts and blankets (one of which we used as Sophia's bedspread for a while).
Wooden trucks and cars (now that we still use).
A red table (perfect for the children right? Except oops, it was glazed with lead paint and that paint was chipping!!!).
Milk glass dishes, vases and cups (really beautiful, and only a quarter for each!).
And my favorite (and Mike's least favorite. He truly loathed this item) an old "rubbing" from a grave in England. It was the prettiest shade of blue and it pictured what I thought was a saint of some sort. Mike believes it was a picture of the deceased. Needless to say, that item never made it up on our wall).
Perhaps these tag sales are just a cheap form of amusement for me. Perhaps someday I'll stumble upon a real jewel and own something very important and valuable. But for now, I'll just chalk it up to a real relaxing way to spend a Saturday morning this summer. Oh, and he doesn't know yet, but I hope to "hit the sales" in just a bit.