Yard Sales – Yeah, it’s Spring!

It is officially spring even if it snowed today.  And I went to my first yard sale.

Despite the cool temperature, I stopped at three different locations.  My final stop was the only one offering warmth, inside a church multipurpose room.

I bought a fine yard tool for $2, a set of hand weights from 1 to 10 pounds for $5, some fun jewelry at 50 cents each and the cutest little purse for a buck.  It was a good day.

Last year, I determined not to go to every yard sale just because it was there.  I had trouble keeping that goal.  I was still driving my old blue Cadi, and it seemed as if it naturally turned toward what I perceived as the flashing “Yard Sale” sign.  This year, I hope to curb my addiction a bit better.

I’m not much of a mall shopper.  If I go into a retail store, I cannot bear to pay full price.  I want bargains.   Let me spy a garage or yard sale, and pulse begins to quicken as my hands automatically start turning the steering wheel.

I often have a list of certain things as I look for a cheap price tag.  If I don’t need it right away, why not wait to find it at a deal?

It’s the adventure of the search that I enjoy.  I love finding someone’s castoff and trying to figure how I can work some magic with it, and at a fraction of its original price.  Never mind that it has been gently used. There is still plenty of life left.  After all, isn’t it about recycling, reusing, re-purposing?  Giving something new life is exactly the meaning of the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  Or woman’s treasure in this case.

I gave my testimony one time by introducing myself as the Yard Sale Queen.  I have a few friends who are vying for my crown.  Actually they have traveled with me on the Highway 127 Yard Sale during a weekend venture.  It is advertised as the world’s longest yard sale, starting from as far north as Ohio and continuing south to Alabama.  It’s quite a trip, and somewhat like a yard sale convention.

When I look around my house I see bargain buys everywhere, things someone else discarded that have now become my treasures.

It may sound corny to make the comparison, but I will anyway.  I was once a castoff.  My life looked hopeless and of no value.  I felt used up, without a future.  God saw my broken-down condition and determined He could work a miracle with it.  He chose me.  He recreated me.  He made me His priceless treasure.

This is the story of the cross.  While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

I still don’t understand it, why He loved and wanted me, picked me out of the trash heap.  The cross, the place of suffering and death, is now my treasure.   Jesus brought me hope for new life.  And I thank Him for it!

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6 thoughts on “Yard Sales – Yeah, it’s Spring!

  1. I relate with you, we are kindered spirits. There’s nothing more wonderful to me to aquire a discarded find, and repurpose it. I never buy anything that I don’t really LOVE.I know that is just the way God feels when he picks us up, takes us home washes us clean with his blood, polishes us up with his word, and sets us out into this world with a brand new purpose. I love the white washed look in vintage furniture, with its little knicks and dings.Maybe its because it reminds me that his word says ,”He washes us white as snow.” Peggy dear friend, I look forward to the yards sales,and all my finds. I feel good when I servey what I’ve done with someones cast offs I say I did good today. One day I’ll hear God say, Well done, what a wonderful day that will be. Loved this refreshing blog today. Bless you.

  2. A girl after my own heart… as they say…my wonderful treasures as I call them …are throughout my house as well…what surprises me as that so many more people have joined our trend that we began a long time ago…hopefully they will follow our trend in accepting and depending on God as their Lord and Savior…Thanks Peggy for our mutual understanding…mkg

  3. Oh, Peggy, I too am a yard sale fanatic. I love them. And have found such bargains for things I need and a few of my wants over the years. Not only that, I’ve raised money having yard sales for my beautiful granddaughter and daughter to go on mission trips the past 3 years. God is wonderful isn’t he. I started shopping yard sales years ago out of necessity and found out that yard sales is the only way to get a bargain and I’ve continued over the years to be blessed with my findings. Thank you Lord for yard sales.

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