Saturday I took a quick ride around town to check out some yard sales.
And I'm glad I did.
First up, at this little quasi-estate sale (people who were selling either their family member or neighbor's stuff for her, she was still alive), and apparently this little old lady (whose stuff it was) kept popping into the sale and upping all the prices - she really believed that everything she had was an antique and worth a lot more than it was - which was frustrating to the sellers - but I scored.
This tin of vintage buttons called to me - I got it for $3.00. Well, $3.25, if you count that cool silver brooch that I added to it!
I love these red and white flower buttons - they are seriously gorgeous.
I haven't sifted through the stash on the bottom yet, but will one of these days.
I even love the cards - what great names!
And I picked up this small dresser there, too. This is a horrible picture of it, but you won't get better, as I bought it to stick in my closet and organize my crafting supplies (hopefully soon, I'm driving my husband crazy).
It is tall and skinny, and the paint is very enamel-ly shiny. And I like the drawer pulls.
The lady wanted $75 - 100 for it, but as she wasn't there when I was, my offer of $15 was accepted quickly.
And then (OH, and THEN!) I saw this beauty at the next sale I stopped at. This gorgeous, shiny red beauty of a Radio Flyer trike. In seriously amazing condition - for $15. More than I'd usually pay, but it retails for something like $50.
Here's Monkey giving it a try - he had more success going backwards - but I didn't get it for him...
It was one of those thrifting twists of fate that I found this.
Just this week we got some new neighbors who have a son close to Thomas' age. He has a trike just like this (exactly, actually). I was hoping that that would encourage Thomas to try harder at pedaling, as the new kid's a pro at it and I think bike riding would be good for Thomas (strength + movement + coordination). I've been wanting to try one of these 'nicer' trikes with him. And what do you know? He got on and pedaled (slowly) away for a minute. I wouldn't say he likes it, but I think he'll do it - especially with a new (potential) friend to motivate him.
The best part is that Thomas really likes this kid. I hope that the kid (and his parents) grow to really like Thomas, too. You may guess that (although very lovable) he can be... a lot to take sometimes. There's been a shift with Thomas' friends lately. He pretty much doesn't have any. Never has. He has classmates, but until recently he had very little interest in them. All of a sudden, he gets to school and is so happy to hang out with his little friends (who he knows the names of and everything). And they're happy to see him, which always makes me smile.
And yesterday he was so excited to go to our new neighbor's house, knock on the door to see if his friend could play, and then sat on his front steps to wait for him.
And it's all part of why I snatched up this fortuitous little red trike.