Monday, May 4, 2015

Yard Sales and Farmer's Markets and Pulled Pork, Oh My!

As some readers know, I am of the opinion that a good yard sale is a terrible thing to waste!  Granted, I no longer have young children or grand children to shop for, but I still find yard sales fun and a challenge. On this particular weekend I had no hot plans, and Saturday was a warm, just slightly cloudy day, so I headed off to explore the sales, and see what I could find.

This weekend it seemed that whenever I arrived at the few addresses I had written down, there were plenty of other sales in the area-whether this was because of a copycat influence or they were neighborhood sales I am not sure.  Either way, I found quite a few sales in a reasonable geographical area.  When I look online, of course, I tend to pay attention to downsizing, or moving sales.  This immediately rules out the "I am getting rid of all my baby stuff" sales, which while valuable, have little relevance to me except for the occasional purchase I make for the shelter. 




All in all this particular Saturday, I made a fairly good haul-and all of it is stuff I was looking for, wanted to get for someone else, or could use with my activities with homeless women and kids.  I purchased a spreader for the yard, and a small green machine from a couple who were doing serious downsizing (even with only a small percentage of carpet, when you adopt chronically ill dogs you need every cleaning option open at all times). I purchased a clothes tree for my room (I'll use that instead of the chair, ha!).  I also purchased two large bins of scrapbooking and craft items, from rubber stamps to wall stencils, to craft paints and more. I'll keep the most usable items for myself, and donate the rest to my church Sunday school program. Add a small table sander and a couple other items and I was done.  Unfortunately if I want to grab a large sander for my son, it looks like I will have to get up and leave the house by seven.  Do I love him that much? 





Next up was my first weekend of farmer's marketing. Unfortunately Colorado (as much of the US) had a cold winter and so real produce will probably be another week or so. This week there was lettuce, water cress, a tiny bit of spinach and some asparagus-next week should be better, and so it goes. If my farmers market is anything like yours, though, farmers produce is just half of it. My market also has a woman who sells German sausage and other items, one who sells handmade soaps, a guy who sells green chiles, and about twenty more booths,including wild honey and aromatherapy personal care products. 




 I also found a booth for a great bakery that does all kinds of cookies, including iced and wedding rings. What can I say, I've grown lazy in my retirement, even when it comes to baking. On the times when it's only two of us, I am happy to let someone else do the work if the quality is there. I left the market with information about milk delivery, some Nurnburger bratwurst (the white ones), a few iced cookies and a brochure about farm eggs and grass fed beef! 





At the end of the day, I still had time for a quick walk and some drawing and sewing time.  Dinner, of course was absolutely no effort thanks to my slow cooker (the really big one I got for Christmas). More and more, believe it or not, I am using the slow cooker-even when there are two or three of us. The food comes out delicious, the effort is low, and the leftovers can be frozen for later.  This week, my local grocery had picnic shoulders on sale for 99 cents (a great price here), and I bought a ten pound picnic shoulder.  Once I put on the rub and added some liquid (beef, coke, wine or  broth, take your pic-I used coke), I left it for a full ten hours on low. I pulled it out, used my hands to separate, and had two large freezer bags plus dinner on Friday and on Saturday-what more could you want? 





In contrast, Sunday was spent much more quietly around here. I spent some of the day putting away all those newly purchased items, doing some reading, going to church, and spending some quality outside time-including forty five minutes of attempting to tan my pale, pale body.  It seems that lots of sun is actually good for diabetics.  Who knew-but more about that later.  And while the garden is still mainly hibernating, new plants are going in.  And as always, the squirrels are out getting every thing they can when the dogs are inside, and the birds are taking full advantage of the feeder.  Which is a good thing, because eventually the squirrels will go for that as well!






And so it goes, this weekend in retirement!

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a fun, relaxing weekend. I too visited a couple of garage sales and picked up a few items. I'll be having my own sale on May 23. And I love my crockpot as much as you do!

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    1. More power to you. I think I am never again doing a yard sale, lol. Too lazy to commit to a whole Saturday. My daughter got me a really large slow cooker (9 quarts) for Christmas. She was like, but there are only two and sometimes three of you. I definitely use it.

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  2. Love the clothes tree idea. I may look for one in Delaware! You hit me with a new one this post- I've never heard of "picnic shoulder". I assume it is pork? LOL.
    Tomorrow I put in chicken, lentils and italian seasons for dinner. It will last, in various ways, for three days. With my husband gone, I'm learning to cook for one.

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    1. Hi Janette. The picnic shoulder is what is below the boston butt-the butt is high on the shoulder and the picnic is closer tot the leg and has the leg bone as well. I feel that after ten hours it falls apart better than a boston butt roast.

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  3. Looks like a fabulous weekend to me! :) Great idea on the coat hook rather than the chair.. hahaha!! We have nowhere in our room to 'drape clothes' which is a good thing. Hubby uses the doorknob for his shorts/tshirt and that's it! lol!

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    1. I'm looking to get a recliner for my room, but I want it to be to sit on. I wear clothes more than once, but dont want to put them back into the closet, and its a good place for some of my sweaters.

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  4. You seem like you are having a wonderfully relaxing retirement Barb. Our Farmer's Market just started this past Saturday and I missed it.

    God bless.

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    1. I love the place, even if there are not many "farmers" there as yet!

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  5. I am re-discovering the fun of yard sales and farmers markets since I have retired. We have recently moved to an area in BC in Canada that has many of both - some flea markets run all year. Yard sales start up in early spring and our farmers markets have just opened for another year. Not much produce yet but the honey and the wines were awesome as usual. I love to browse the jewellery also - unique designs and I did need some new silver ones! My BFF winters in Arizona and she loves yard sales - it is a very passionate hobby and she is off with her friends every Saturday. Gets some amazing deals in that area - must be the snowbirds shedding their extra feathers! Enjoy your blog!

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