Sunday, March 13, 2011

A, Alligators All Around…

Spring. Don’t you just love Spring? As old Mrs. Cheever tells the children in Return to Gone Away by Elizabeth Enright, “Oh, I declare I can hardly wait for it myself! No matter how old a person gets, he’s never old in spring!”

Of course Spring is a relative term. Winter still grips colder climes, and my readers in Australia are heading into Fall. But here, Spring is springing, and how do I know this? Not the arrival of Daylight Savings Time, though I’m glad for that. Nope. We’re talking the arrival of neighborhood sales!

I found at least four yesterday in my usual garaging territory. It won’t be long before there are enough that I can’t get to them all in a morning. Why yes, that is one of my definitions of heaven! Doesn’t even matter that I only bought stuff at two sales (and one of those was not part of a neighborhood sales). It’s all about the treasure hunt.

Of course for me part of the treasure is getting to meet pets. This nice kitty enjoyed a good writhe on a warm spot of driveway.

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This little cutie headed right up my leg for petting.

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This is Maggie, a certified therapy dog. She visits a hospital and a local school, where kids get to read to her.

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While I was petting Maggie, a lady walked by with her two Golden retrievers. Didn’t get this sweetie’s name, I was too busy petting her as she leaned all her considerable weight against me.

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The other retriever was Gunnar, who insists on walking himself!

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Had a really good time at the first sale of the morning. My friend Linda is part of a large music group, and these ladies throw a fund-raising yard sale a couple of times a year. (It was at one of their sales that Linda and I met!) I eagerly anticipate these events because these ladies are a hoot. Oh, and also because I always find some new-to-me clothes—which they sell for fifty cents apiece. Not sure how they always come up with so much clothing to sell, but I continue to be glad that they do! Got extra lucky this time, because everything I bought fits. Came home with a cotton shirt that feels like linen

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and a printed tee with ruffly edges.

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Two Land’s End sweater sets, in (Spring!) green

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and blue.

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A pair of Sigrid Olsen pants.

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And two long-sleeve t-shirts for the hubs. (T-shirts are easy, long sleeved is hard to find—at least in my fifty-cent price range!)

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This adorable handmade Chinese  character doll will go to a children’s librarian, to be part of our around-the-world summer reading program.

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Linda also gave me a couple of bags of big pieces of felt for my librarians. I foresee new felt boards in several locations!

And possibly my fave item of the day…an alligator.

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He’s a nutcracker. I think he has a sort of vintage midcentury vibe, though one online antique dealer had one  that they said is from the 30s, so who knows. I just like him. All the ladies of the music-group were calling him Alfred, and it turns out they have a song in their repertoire about an alligator named Alfred, which one of them sang to me. I had to return the favor with my favorite crocodile song:

“She sailed away on a happy summer day

Riding a crocodile.                          

‘You’ll see,’ said she, ‘he’s as tame as he can be.

I’ll ride him down the Nile.’

The croc winked an eye as she waved them all goodbye

Wearing a happy smile.

At the end of the ride, the lady was inside

And the smile on the crocodile!”

 

5 comments:

  1. Oooh! Fabulous Fifty Cent Clothing! Oh my...I just love it when you can find lovely items for .50 and they fit! The garage sale Gods were smiling upon you.

    Funny thing, I went to one sale, lady had lovely clothing, cheapest item...$5.00. Yes, Five Dollars! You really don't want to know how much the most expensive thing was. Of course I left post haste!

    All your goodies are incredible, however I am so enamored with the alligator. My daughter loved (and still does) Dr. Seuss and used to say Aunt Annie's Alligator A...a...a!
    Perfect for a childrens librarian!

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  2. sweet score on so many new to me clothing items that fit! yeah for you! i found the same jacket that i purchased 6 years ago and loved...only in a bigger size. and since i too am a bigger size, i was uber stoked! cute croc!

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  3. Thanks to the title of this post, that song is stuck in my head. "B...bursting balloons...C...catching colds..." Darn you and Maurice Sendak!

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  4. What a cool idea for a blog! I was chatting with a mutual acquaintance about my biggest interview disasters and since you got to witness them, your name came up. She told me about your blog. I too visit yard sales on a regular basis and love photography and animals. Only occasionally has it occurred to me to photograph my finds-but they landed on my Flickr site instead of my blog.
    Take care and thanks for a fun read.

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I really love your comments. Thanks for coming along on my thrifty adventures!

 
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