Our church has a big rummage sale fundraiser every spring – this year it was this past Saturday. The money goes into a scholarship fund for local graduating seniors (anyone can apply, not just members of our church). They always have a great crew of people working – set up (for 4 days before), working the day of from 7am – 2pm and then cleanup. I often feel guilty about not volunteering, but I don’t have that much energy. And we help out in our own way. My husband made baklava for the bake sale (sold for $1 each!) and I go and buy at least a bag full each year.
This is one of the items I bought. Only 25¢. I almost passed it up because I felt the whole lace around the edges, pink dotted Swiss background and frilly ribbon was just a bit too over-the-top and dated for me. But I just so happens I love doilies. And tatting (which I haven’t mastered … yet). So I added it to my pile and brought it home. Where I promptly dismantled it. Ribbon and fabric went in the trash and I scraped down the hoop (they had used some strange green adhesive). So now I have a 12” hoop to use for another craft and this beauty:
I decided to bring her to work and right now she has an honored place sitting on my desk, where I keep glancing at her and smiling.
My other treasures for the weekend were a couple of clothing items for my daughter and myself (one turned out to be a dud), a full roll of macramé cord, some old flannel sheets I hope to use in crafting, and my best find: a women’s bike for $1. Dave went and bought new handlebar grips and a kick stand (it didn’t have one), greased it up, put air in the tires, and it was good to go. It has a bit of rust on the handlebars, but otherwise looks in great shape. Better shape than I’m in – as evident by the fact that I only managed a 10 min ride!!
I’d had some grand plans for Saturday. Turns out the shopping trip was the big event. I didn’t get any weeding done in the flower beds. I didn’t get our blankets washed to hang out in the sunshine. But maybe that’s not important. What I did accomplish was to spend some time outdoors with my daughter, exploring the great wide world.
p.s. don’t our peas look great? We planted them in mid-March when it was so warm. We knew there was a risk, but decided the couple of dollars we might lose in seed money was worth the attempt. We’ve had several frost spells, but the peas have held on. So have the Brussels sprouts (on the left). We’re not sure if the carrots have survived or not. We know we need to replant the beans, but 2 or 3 out of the 4 types of seeds we planted isn’t bad at all!
p.p.s. E is picking rocks out of the garden. She’s very good about leaving the plants alone. Doesn’t she look like a future farmer in her bib overalls?!