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Thursday, May 18, 2006


A few weeks ago (on blue box day) the pre-schoolers and I went for our daily walk. I can't resist throwing casual glances at what people throw out on a weekly basis. On this day, we were strolling down main street and passed by our local thrift shop. My well-trained eye immediately spotted primary colors in amongst the jars and cardboard destined for the recycle plant. Stuffed into a large box, was an entire collection of jumbo cardboard blocks!

I momentarily froze. Just 4 days earlier I had seen this exact set stuffed into the very same large box at a garage sale, with a piece on brown tape on it, optimistically asking for $10.00. This was too good to be true!! Now I had been rewarded for my frugality. I knew that ten dollars at a yard sale was nearly criminal, and though I'd been tempted because I knew how much fun the daycare kids would have with them, my Mennonite heritage found its assertive side and Yelled: "NO! For ten dollars, you could buy 3 jugs of sensible white MILK!!! Waste not, want not! This toy is frivolous, and a dreadfully irresponsible way of "stewarding your resources!"

Yes, I was being blessed indeed- good things come to she who waits, and I was receiving my reward as promised. I prompty tossed all toddlers out of the stroller and turned the versatile beast into a shopping cart, carefully propping up my treasure and buckling it in to ensure that all forty-one pieces would make it safely home to their promised land.

OOOh, life has its unexpected pleasures. Goodness only knows what may be resting on the curb this week.....


Ellie said...

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lettuce said...

this made me smile. I LOVE charity shops (English thrift shops). Today I bought a mug with a ceramic frog in the bottom - we have one my husband has had for about 30 years, I bought this one for a friend for 30 pence.

I don't have the same Mennonite heritage
but do have a background of protestant work ethic which has similar effects!

Cherrypie said...

I love a barjin ( as Marko's Slovenian father calls them).

I also think Ellie's student has summed up the wonder of you perfectly x

Anonymous said...

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