What a Find!

So, one of our favorite things to do as a family is go shopping at yard sales.  Ok, the girls can’t really say its their favorite thing to do since they don’t have much of a say in it, but Kinsley does get excited to go with us.

When you have kids, and you go through 4 sizes of clothes in one year (when they are a baby), you learn to shop wisely instead of shelling out big bucks to pay for designer clothes.  Sometimes, you can even find those designer clothes at yard sales.  I do like consignment stores and sales, but if I have the time, yard sales are where you get the best bang for your buck, hands down.  Not to mention the other good deals you can find at yard sales.

I digress…so, to get back to my amazing find….we have been telling Kinsley for a while that when she masters riding her tricycle and learning to pedal, we will get her a big girl bike (with training wheels, of course).  Well, she has learned how to pedal and is telling us every day (yes, every single day) how she wants a big girl bike.  We don’t want to pay full price for a bike right now, nor do we want to buy a bike that she will outgrow by next summer (even though I don’t see this happening.  bless her heart….she is going to be short…not that there is anything wrong with short…but she just won’t grow.  she just reached 36″ and can finally ride things by herself at carnivals).  So, we decided to go to a few yard sales last weekend hoping we would find a cheap bike that Ed could fix up for her to ride since we are in Colorado where EVERYONE rides bikes (thankfulness for having a husband who is handy with bikes).  I made a list of which yard sales had bikes or kids things and we headed out.

We drove up to one of the yard sales and all we saw was pink.  With two girls, and being a girly-girl myself, I love pink.  This yard sale was a girl’s dream.  Dollhouses, makeup centers, barbies, dora bath toys, rollar coaster ride thingy for yard, dance accessories, etc.  If we were in Raleigh, we would have bought more.  But we didn’t seeing as we would have to carry it across country in a minivan that barely had space as it was.

We decided to buy this princess sleeping bag with a blow up air mattress that goes inside, a snow white princess barbie doll, a keurig, and a little pony.  She was asking $3 for the sleeping bag and pump, $20 for the keurig, and was going to throw in the doll and pony for free.  Um, what?!?!  The sleeping bag would easily sell for $5 for it alone, the keurig for $40, the princess doll (which is $25ish in stores) for $5, and the pony for $1.  While this was already an amazing deal, I asked her if she would take $20 for it all just to round it out (and b/c I didn’t have small bills).  And she did!  So basically, I got a keurig (which we found out later was a special edition one that was hardly used and came with owner manuals) for $17.  I have been wanting one for a while but couldn’t bring myself to pay the hefty price tag when it wasn’t a necessity.

I am not all about materialistic things and accumulating, but I am all about making our money go farther so we can give more.  So while I wouldn’t want to pay full price for a keurig (though there is nothing wrong with those who do 🙂 ), I will pay $17 for one. Thank you Lord for helping us find a great deal!  Check out our finds:

Also, here is one of Kinsley dressed as a cow at Chick-fil-a on Cow Appreciation Day.  We picked Ed up from class and all went to Chick-fil-a wearing our cow apparel.  Yes, we are not in the picture.  Yes, we did dress up.  No, we don’t want it recorded.  No, my makeshift costume didn’t even hardly make it through lunch…our spots kept ripping!!


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