A good garage sale is quite exciting in my book. You can get things for dirt cheap, get the kids out and exploring, meet new people, and help reduce the amount of things someone throws away!
Yesterday I spent $50 and got:
- 3 brand new medium diaper covers (not pictured)
- 2 brand new small diaper covers (not pictured)
- 2 jeans, 1 shirt, and 1 matching outfit for Little Miss
- 3 shirts and 2 shorts for Tulip
- 7 partially used spools of hand quilting thread
- Brand new Steam-a-Seam tape
- Mini clothes pins
- Pancake molds in the shape of bears (not pictured)
- Cookie cutters (not pictured)
- Baby monitor
Now some stuff would typically be handed down, like the clothes and the baby monitor, to a family or friend. The craft and cooking items though are things we tend to throw away if we don’t need or want them anymore. Instead of those items taking up space in the junk yard (I realize it’ll end up there eventually), they are instead put to good use until they can’t be used any longer. Since we are commanded to be care takers of the earth, we should use the ways available to us to reduce waste!
Behold thy Lord said to the angels: “I will create a vicegerent on earth.”… [Qur’an 2:30]
Another up side in going to a garage sale is reducing the cost for many items you would buy anyway, like clothes and the baby monitor. Since I don’t work outside the home to bring a reliable paycheck, I take on the responsibility to make sure every dollar goes as far as it can. There are many things I just don’t feel are worth their cost brand new, like cookie cutters. 10 cents a piece seems more reasonable, hehe!
As the motto goes, we should reduce, reuse, recycle… and many times we can reuse things from someone else!