Do you ever shop at places like Goodwill, or spend time at yard sales and find something you really like, but you contemplate for a long period of time about if you will use it, how you will use it, if it is worth the money, etc? But, then you shop somewhere else and don’t think twice about spending 40 bucks on a new lamp?!! Hehehe! I found myself doing that the other day! I realized that it is not about the money that I was spending, it is just that whatever I bring into my home, I want to be sure to use it. 🙂
I will share a story with you that my family and I like to giggle about now. A few years ago, we were moving from an over 3,000 square foot house to a 900 square foot home, and I was so ready to get rid of things that we did not need. Especially knowing that there was a huge difference in the size of the house – there was not enough space to put it all! We were downsizing! I decided I would have a garage sale. My location for the sale was not a very convenient location in town (way down a back road) like I had had in the past, and so I thought that I wouldn’t see many customers. Of course, on the first day, I had some people stop and go through all of the “good” stuff, and I did pretty well on those items. But, as the day went on, I got tired of working the sale, and I didn’t want to pack it up and keep it in storage. So when people shopped and asked what I would take for something, I said…a quarter! Now, this just wasn’t on small items, it was on things that I probably could have made $10 or more! It was kind of shocking, but I did get rid of a lot of stuff that way!! Can you image?! Haha! We will always laugh about that sale! Good fun! You know things like, where did that table go? Oh yeah, you sold it for $.25 in that garage sale you had! Oh my gosh!
Well, we still did have quite a lot of odds and ends left afterwards. So, we made about 3 trips to our local Goodwill store and donated them. I think we figured well over $500 worth of items. I am so glad that I did donate those items. I felt free of the things that I didn’t need or want! Also, knowing that someone would be able to put my things to good use, always makes me feel great. And even more so that Goodwill is helping millions of people access the career, family and financial support services they need to succeed – that is a huge benefit! I am happy that it doesn’t end up in a landfill too. So, the planet also benefits when you and I choose to make a drop off instead of leaving it at the curb for the garbage man to pick up.
I can’t help but get a little happy feeling from finding something at a garage sale, flea market, Goodwill, etc. that someone else has loved and then maybe grown tired of, or just doesn’t need it anymore. It is the thrill of the hunt for me, and I do enjoy it! I also feel like other people’s treasures tell a story, just like mine have before, and that they have seen families and children grow and have been cared for by many. It may sound silly to some people, but it gives me a warm feeling.
So, as I stood and thought hard about buying a little ceramic container (seen above) for under a dollar, I decided that I would get it because it made me smile, I knew just where it would go and what I would put in it! 🙂 Happy hunting!!!