Thursday, August 6, 2009

Treasure Hunting at the Methodist Rummage Sale

There are at least three churches in town that have semi-annual or annual rummage sales as fundraisers. There is a lot of junk, but sometimes I manage to walk away with some cool stuff! (Which is definitely a finer thing! Go see Amy for more finer things.) Here's what I scored this week:

An old flannel blanket for a quarter that was too cute to pass up. The words on it are "me and my shadow" and the little girl is doing various gymnastic moves and tumbles. Also for a quarter each, I got a bag of electrical outlet covers, and after the stomach bug that Goose had, I wanted to get another waterproof mattress pad. This is just a pad that tucks between the sheet and mattress, but it'll do the job plus can be used on a big bed for potty training and the like.

A set of Close-Up USA maps put out by National Geographic. You can read more about them here though I'm not sure which year mine are. They were $1.
A fun box of random old office supplies for $1. Goose will love the labels as stickers, and Mama loves the pile of little memo pads to tuck in the diaper bag (or an activity bag for the car). I'm not sure how Goose will feel about the labels that you have to lick to get them to stick - every time I lick an envelope, I say "bleah" and now when she sees me do it, she says "bleah" too. :>) The little white box holds typewriter correction papers . . . we do have a typewriter that Goose plays with, but I'm not so sure the keys work very well anymore. I bet we'll find something to do with it! My favorite part of this bag are the little yellow birdie notepapers - you write on the inside, then fold up and seal the back, and address and stamp the front. I'm going to have a hard time deciding who to write!
A bag of wooden beads for $1 (or was it 25 cents? I don't remember . . .) - the bad thing is that I don't think the dye is waterproof, so I fear once they get wet, they'll bleed. They might get put away until Goose is a bit older. I also picked up a bag of what turned out to be bias tape (going to have to figure that stuff out!) and other trims. My favorite - the whole reason I bought the bag, in fact - is the embroidered red trim under the beads above. I'm seeing that on a skirt or something in the near future!

Last but not least, an Easy Bake oven and cookware for $2.75. I never had an actual Easy Bake, so I just pretended to bake, but I couldn't pass this up. I'm thinking I'll put it away for an upcoming birthday - I was thinking next year (Goose will be 3) but I think the instructions say 8 and up? Anybody have or know of a little one (or not-so-little) with one of these?

Since I don't really get to town much for garage sales, I guess I make up for it at the rummage sales. :>) Anybody have a favorite find they'd like to share?

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Angela said...

I'd say the Easy Bake Oven was an awesome find!! Monte's niece had one of those when she was really little (I think about 3) and enjoyed it for a few years. She's only 9 now, and the Easy Bake Oven has long since been replaced by baking for real.

Amy Lynne said...

As long as you're with her 3 should be fine. The one my boys have doesn't get very hot, but they liked it. Have fun!

Sharon said...

Wow! You did get some good stuff.

Well done

annies home said...

I love church yard sales

Cathy said...

The Easy Bake oven will be so much fun for both of you! One thing that I learned with my own daughters is to avoid buying the very expensive Easy Bake Oven cake mixes and such. Just buy a regular cake mix (on sale is even better!) and use that, or make batter from scratch. Even if there is batter left over, it costs much less than Easy Bake mixes.

Amy @ Finer Things said...

I remember our Easy Bake oven! We loved making those itty bitty cakes. :) I think you can look up recipes for easy bake-sized goodies.

2Shaye ♪♫ said...

Dude, you TOTALLY raked in the goods. Somebody stop her!!! LOL I love our senior center and Catholic rummage sales here. They have the best stuff for the CHEAPEST prices. It's amazing!