This years yard sale finds have picked up, finally! Here's some of what I've found in the last two weeks:
A red wagon - $2. Because all kids need a wagon, right? I don't know how Radio Flyer does it, but they make kids play extra cute. So. Darn. Cute.
Even the bigger kids love the wagon (here Princess and a neighbor had just rode it down the neighbors' steep(ish) driveway).
A handful of vintage (or vintage looking?) Christmas ornaments and an old shadow box. I will do something cool with that box, but I don't know what yet...
(I love how the soldier ornament above has a guitar - and speaking of guitars...)
A kid's guitar ($5). The boys especially are thrilled. Thomas made us put on 'No Cars Go' so he could play along - also he likes to 'play' and sing 'We're Not Gonna Take It' to much applause.
Monkey tried to jam with his sister during her piano practice. Then we showed the kids School of Rock, after which the boys tried to crowd surf off the couch.
Lately I've been trolling the classifieds for another train table. Our train table in the playroom is rarely used for trains anymore. Usually it alternates between Playmobil and Lego bricks. The sides of the table are awesome for keeping all of those teeny pieces in one place and not all over the house.
Often now one boy wants to switch what's on it while the other boy wants to keep the Legos on the table. Monkey really really wanted to play Playmobil recently, and when Thomas wouldn't agree to cleaning up the Legos, Monkey asked him to help him lug the huge Playmobil box up the stairs to his room. We used to be pretty strict about keeping toys out of their bedroom - to keep it nice and calm for naps. But they're beyond naps now and I realized that having a play table in one of their rooms might be a good idea and could possibly help with Quiet Time.
Long story short, I've been in the market for a train table. Most sell for about $40 in the online ads. I found this one on Saturday for $10 at a yard sale! Woo! That's a better deal than our first train table ($25 also thrifted)!
The roundhouse you see on there was included. The boys are loving that, even without a turntable to attach it to the tracks.
So yeah, right when I show you Thomas' room - we go and change it.
I've gotten a few other things: a bookcase we were needing, another globe, books and some other stuff, but these are the highlights. I've been trying hard to not bring unnecessary 'stuff' into our house, so I've been turning down quite a few good finds.
This really had been a slow thrifting summer for me (anyone else?) but my luck finally turned!