Saturday, April 16, 2011


“I bought this sign to impress my wife,” said the man on the driveway, holding it up for me to see. “Hope it fools her!”


I think it will, don’t you?

It was a morning for signs, including the usual “Huge Garage Sale!” signs that lead nowhere. So annoying when gas is so expensive. Today we got a variation on that—signs with uncertain arrows. Two or three folks were rather challenged in their sign placement, and it was hard to tell if the arrow was pointing ahead or around a corner. But Saturday morning is all about the adventure, the hunt. Surely the thrill of finding that elusive sale would be lessened by efficient sign placement, yes?

One seller was into signs as a marketing tool.

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Up the street from them I found a sale where two young women were sitting on the sunny driveway, petting this puppy. The puppy’s owner said, “I lost my old dog a few months ago, and it was terrible. I’d had her for like fifteen years, since I was a senior in high school. She was with me through college and moving across the country, she was my heart. When she died I was just lost. Then I saw a picture on the Internet of this puppy, and when I saw the heart on her face I knew she was supposed to be mine.”


I’ve been thinking lately that I should consider actually buying one of the pieces of exercise equipment I see every weekend on driveways. Hate to admit how sedentary I am—but it’s true! So when I saw this, I recognized it as another sign.


We always thought that Schwinns were the coolest bikes, and way too pricey for my family. So now I finally own one, though this one isn’t going to travel too far.


Now I can either get more fit—or get bored with it! But for what I paid, if boredom wins at least I won’t have to feel guilty about what I spent.

It was by far the most expensive (and heavy!) deal of the day. I also brought home a handy magnetic clip to hold notes on my doorframe at work…


…some garden magazines…    IMG_0396 …a fun watch…


…and a ravishing Le Crueset tea kettle (which retails for $75—ouch!)IMG_0382

Total outlay for the morning: $22.75. Surely a sign of frugal buying.

And now…signing off!


  1. Love the Le Crueset teapot! The story of the dog with the heart made me go awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

  2. I think we need a sign, "women at work"!

  3. Ooh, really love the Le Creuset kettle - what a fabulous colour.

  4. Here, here, Canngil!

    Very nice finds - esp. the kettle.

    There is a reason keep fit items are on sale in April - just four months after New Year and those NY resolutions have flown out of the window... xx

  5. the kettle is fab. the watch is fab. the bike that will take you everywhere but no where is fab. all signs point to a fab out!

  6. Oh my...I think my heart stopped for a few seconds over that lovely teapot. I would have surely tripped over my feet trying to get to that if it had been at any of our weekend sales!

    Fantastic find!

    Love the Schwinn stationary bike, my mother had one and loved cycling away in the comfort of her home!

  7. All signs point to another successful day of bargains. You found some cool stuff. The key to the exercise bike is to have something to distract you while you pedal. Maybe a book?

  8. Will he impress his wife...or fool her? Great kettle.


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