Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I hope that everyone had a lovely Easter and Earth Day this past week. We had some great opportunities to spend time with family and friends, and I even got to go out and work/paly in the yard a couple of times this past week! We have been lucky to have a few super nice days pop up between the more typical rainy and gloomy April weather that one finds in my neighborhood.
With late April showing up on our calendars, this also means that it is time for some huge garage sale events in our area. There is one neighborhood garage sale that is almost mind boggling how big it is! And when I say neighborhood, I really mean hundreds of homes all participating in the greatest sales of the year, all at the same time. It is becoming almost weeklong festival for garage sales, and thousands of shoppers flock to this area to catch some deals.
If this is your idea of a good time, best wishes to you, and may you have the patience of a Saint. There are certainly deals to be had at garage sales. Particularly if you are looking for furniture items, or tools or gardening equipment. One can also get great clothing deals and kitchen items, and home decor. But in the heat of the shopping moment, do take time to inspect your items for damage, rips, stains and if it is in working condition. If the item is something that you have been looking for, or need, then you have hit a deal. But, impulse buying is also a problem. Unless, of course, you are looking to stock your own garage sale later in the season.
Possibly you are thinking that having a sale is a good idea. Go for it! It takes work, but you can make some quick cash, especially of you are pricing things to move out your door. It is amazing how selling one hundred 25 cent items adds up. And not only do you have cash in your pocket, but you cleaned out items from your home, and someone walked away feeling really good about the deal they got, and are probably daydreaming about how great it will be at their home.
Thrift stores are another great place to go shopping. It is amazing what gets donated to stores, and often you can score some great deals. And, don’t forget, one can make donations, as well!
Possibly you are a huge fan of shopping at dollar stores. I’m always a bit leery of them, but they do have great prices on certain items. Check out the following link about the great deals to be had, and what one might be smart to avoid purchasing from the dollar stores. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/dollar-stores-what-to-buy-what-to-steer-clear-of.html
Maybe second hand sales are just not on your radar this week. I mean, hello!? It’s spring!! And that means it is time to be outdoors in the garden! Yesterday, I had a lovely time picking my first bundles of rhubarb and making a crisp and rhubarb syrup to share with our friends that were over last night. My hubby even bought a lemon to add to the sparkling water and rhubarb syrup mix, and it was very refreshing. And with a quick Google search, one can be quite a mixologist with their spring syrups!
If you are intrigued about growing, or how to grow and care for rhubarb, check out this link: http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/rhubarb
Pickled rhubarb, anyone? Look no further: http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/food/pickled-vegetables/slide/6
Well, my dear Thrifty Sisters. I need to continue with my day. It’s a busy day ahead of me, as I have a list of things I want to do and some things that I need to do, and some events to attend later today. I hope that your “want to do” items win over the “have to do” items this week. If you are garage sale-ing, be safe, and be patient with fellow shoppers and sale owners. Enjoy finding great deals, and consider donating items or creating your own tag sale. If you are a fan on rhubarb, now is YOUR season! Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!