Woe is Me!

Hi everyone!

I have been so good about not hitting up all the yard sales this summer. It has been so difficult. My truck automatically wants to stop when it sees those bright yard sale signs! But no, I have used great amounts of restraint! I am trying to clear out stuff, not add to it! But………………


Sunday the princess and I decided to stop at just a couple of yard sales on the way home from church. Just a couple mind you!


The first one I bought just a frame and the princess bought a little purse. That was it. The second one we bought nothing. And then came the third one!

It was a huge old house that looked as if no one had lived there for years. Apparently that had been the case. The man hosting the yard sale said he just bought it and was getting rid of everything inside so he could start gutting it out and rebuild the interior. 

This was one of those, “Why don’t I have my camera with me” times. And my cell phone was on low battery. Argh!

The backyard was a sea of wonderful vintage and antique furniture! I mean an entire huge house of almost perfect condition vintage/retro/antique pieces. And the prices made me weep. This man truly wanted everything gone!

And there I stood knowing I could not buy any of these amazing pieces! I have NO space for any more furniture. Oh my heart was breaking!

As I stood there running my hand across a gorgeous antique sideboard the man said, “There are four pieces that all go together with that cabinet. Take them all for $10.00!” My knees almost gave out. I think I even had a tear fall from my eye.

My mind started racing, “If I get rid of this and I get rid of that…maybe….” NO! ….”Maybe if I rent a storage unit……” NO! 

I just stood there in the middle of all this beauty, turning around looking at all the fabulous pieces. The man is yelling at me with prices that I could use spare change to pay with. I think I might have passed out at one time! Okay, probably not but, I’m just saying……

Did I mention the boxes of stunning complete dish sets? No, let’s not even go there!

I purchased a few “smalls” and a wood shelf.


The princess and I headed down the long driveway back to our truck. As we were walking, the man yells, “Come back in an hour because whatever is not gone is going in the trash!”

……………Evil man!



  1. Wow that was cruel. I would not have been able to pass them up. tears for you! hugs, Linda

  2. I am the same way here...trying to get rid of a few things. I do love garage sale pricing though. I've been good for quite a while now so here's hoping you and I can stay away. Hope your Tuesday is a terrific one!

  3. Oh my gosh.

    You get an award for restraint!


  4. Oh my word, sounds unreal. I would probably have bought it all then figured out what I was going to do with it. Wow. Hugs, Marty

  5. That would be a hard thing to do...... I bet you are still going over it all in your mind....

  6. Oh my! That really was a hard sale to go to...and pass the good buys up. That's why I limit my trips to the big Thrift store here. It is SO cheap! I have never spent even as much as $10 there. They sell stuff to help others. But I just don't have room for it all. I have a box of stuff to 'give back' right now! I'm proud of you! And hopefully everything went to someone that needed it and will enjoy it! Hugs!

  7. Oh my goodness! So did you go back? lol

  8. As others are asking so shall I..... Did You go Back?? I believe I would have ..then taken the time to exchange out things that "I like " in my house for things I found and "I Loved" ...But then I'm in the middle of a remodel mess as I type this..lol

  9. I would have bought it and gave it away, consigned it or sold it. Has he ever heard of calling the Salvation Army to come pick up a donation for goodness sake?

  10. No, no, no he can't of said it was going to trash that is cruel.

  11. Oh No! I wish I didn't hear that last part! Sigh - you know some one will drive by and rescue the best pieces. Let's just tell ourselves that's what happened.

  12. Oh my, how did you have such will power? It breaks my heart when people throw treasures away. Couldn't they at least haul it to a thrift store? Too much bother I suppose. Sure wish I could have been there to rescue a few pieces.

  13. I feel your pain, there was a time I'd have come home with all of it! But I got my addiction under control and am doing better - but honestly I'm afraid I'd have gone back at noon ;)


  14. oh my gosh, thats so tempting, I love those kind of sales, we were at one like that recently and the lady told us she was throwing everything left over in the dumpster, the next day my friend went back and there it all was in the dumpster, beautiful beautiful things all smashed, so sad, I feel your pain

  15. great self control I would have run out rented a u-haul and started listing on craigs list.

  16. Wow! Good for you! I don't think I could have been that strong. I had to stop going to thrift stores and garage sales too. I just don't have any more room and I know I'm weak. LOL

  17. Oh my GOSH, Diann. That was quite a yard sale. Holy smokes. I think I would have done waht acorn hollow said....u-haul and craig's list. Oh yeah. Susan

  18. Diann,
    I would not have been able to contain myself!

    I would have had to take it all home...just to save it from the trash, of course!


  19. I am getting in my car right now!!!! It should only take a few days to get there.....what is the address.
    Oh my gosh how did you restrain yourself.

  20. Oh my goodness I don't know if I could have shown such restraint...good for you!
    Blessings, Joanne

  21. When my inlaws passed away many years ago, we had a time crunch and had to get rid of so many things. we donated quite a bit, but sold other stuff. Sounds like this fella was doing all he could to MOVE it. Sorry you couldn't take more things. LOVE what you did end up with, though. Take care.

  22. I would just buy and buy. I am not good at holding back either. When you see something good you have to grab it, I say.


  23. OH MY GOSH that is both my dream, and my worst nightmare, all rolled into one.
    You poor thing --having to walk away. ACK. I'd have rented a storage unit immediately.
    Maybe two.
    But I'm nuts.
    I hope someone got it all -- and that it didn't go in the dumpster. Or at least that he donated it all!
    ACK ... I feel you pain!

  24. I am so glad I am not alone lol!! This summer I went to one estate sale, one church rummage sale that's it but I go to Goodwill wahhhhh!! ^_^

  25. Oh My! I don't know how you did it! I would have had to buy to "rescue" it from Lord knows what. You are a strong person and I know you made the right choice. I know it was hard. I think everyone is cutting back these days.
    Love to you, Ginger


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