Saturday, November 5, 2011
YARD SALES FOR GIFT SHOPPING
Mrs. Roy went yard saling this morning with my daughter and son-in-law. They are expert yard salers; they can walk up to a place, take one look around and head back to the truck. It takes Mrs.Roy a little longer but they were kind and patience, so it worked out. It turned out to be a very profitable morning. We were looking for toddler and baby clothes for Mrs. Roy's grandsons and we found plenty, some with the tags still on them. Mrs. Roy found a new Christmas ornament in a box that I can use at an office ornament swap. SIL found a box of gameboys and games and accessories that he got for a steal!
It is getting closer and closer to Christmas and we probably should have put some of our purchases away for Christmas gifts but we were so proud of ourselves, we shared with the kids when we got home. What were we thinking!
Do you give used gifts? Mrs. Roy used to be hesitant but it is getting to be more common. My co-worker and I pledged to only give used gifts or something we already owned last Christmas and it was wonderful. Mrs. Roy is becoming a regular shopper on www.etsy.com, especially for the vintage stuff. Mrs. Roy's sister loves poking around in junk shops and "antique" stores so a gift find for her is a guaranteed winner.
Mrs. Roy will be giving some homemade gifts this year, too. Mostly food and snacks for friends and co-workers. Mrs. Roy has a few folks already asking when the goodies are going to start appearing. I'll try to post a couple of easy snacking recipes here in the next few days so you can share, too.
Want an easy container for your goodies, more than just a baggie or a paper plate? Pick up a few of those really cheap wicker baskets at yard sales and spray paint them holiday colors. Wrap your goodies in plastic wrap and tie with ribbon and put it in the basket and you are DONE!
More ideas later but Mrs. Roy hopes you will consider sharing some pre-owned and homemade gifts this year. Times are tough; folks really don't mind.