i am determined to play along with dear selena over at apron thrift girl, even if i am a day behind. on saturday we went to our first yard sales of the season. the big score of the day was at the local, hip charter school in our neighborhood. i knew a friend had found some great castaways there last year and was motivated to venture out with the children....i'm so glad that i did!these gorgeous wooden puppets were my first find. they were each marked $5. they are in pristine condition and i fell in love with them right away. i held onto them even if it meant shelling out $10 to take them home with me.
next i found the craft supplies. i have never scored wool yarn or roving at a yard sale (or thrift store) before. it was far too exhilarating! ;) there are five skeins of the blue mohair, and a partial skein of the chunky orange. i have another partial ball of that same yarn. it is great for making pumpkins with the smaller children!
as we were browsing, it was announced that you could now get a box and fill it......for $5!! not only did both of the puppets and all of the wool go in but we added these buttons, a pair of hand blown glass earrings, this wooden fan,
five silk ties for egg dying magic, an apple cookie cutter, a sweet little planter, a few children's books, and all of the clothes pictured below. everything in the first photo plus all of the clothes....for $5!!
i know a couple of glass blowing daddy's whose children attend the school. can't wait to see if one of them made these.
the dress hanging from the rail is a wee bit snug in the arms but i had to have the fabric. i think i can easily alter it for sienna. she scored a wool blend sweater that she can grow into and a cute skirt that was already in wear (pictured in yesterday's egg hunt photos). in the box also went this blue shirt for me and two sweaters for felting...one with the sweetest flowers!i felt a wee bit guilty about giving them so little money for so many great treasures. this was a fund raiser for their school after all. so i didn't mind that this incredible wool sweater i found didn't fit in that box at all. the tag says *highland home industries. 100% pure new wool.* i gladly handed over three dollars for it. it is a bit big and will be perfect for teaching. the apron that i wear in the classroom is big and full and this sweater will fasten over top just right. it is really scrumptious and i love that it buttons on without the added belly bulk of most cardigans. this was a real score for me. i have thrifted oodles and oodles of sweaters over the years for my crafting purposes but rarely do i come across a nice wool sweater for me to wear.
the children have enjoyed the puppets very much. they must use them gingerly and it is so sweet to see them slow down and maneuver them with care. they set up an entire scene for them with bark chairs and acorn cups of water.
they took turns telling stories and worked together to act them out.
my other scores of the day (without pictures) at other sales were a hard bound copy of the book *gnomes* for $3. our copy had fallen apart and i was literally giddy when i randomly came across this in a box at a yard sale we almost didn't stop at.
we also came across a huge collection of greeting cards. you know the fancy kind found at the health food store with gorgeous illustrations of fairies and mermaids, and all sorts of other magical scenes. we rescued a small stack of them and brought them home. most are to send out to friends but the children each have their faves that they are hoarding.
thanks for humoring me while i shared my finds!! i love giving discarded items a new home. we are planning to move soon and are thinning things out around here so i am more intentional than ever about what we bring in. it is such a gift to find things we truly will use and cherish for such a great deal!