As I type March 12 in the title of this, I still can’t believe how fast this year is going. It’s a beautiful sunny day, although still cold so I will enjoy it through the window. These are the days where I can’t wait for spring to come and the kids keep asking when it’s spring. We have had some warm days so our daffodils are popping up through the muddy ground. I always hate when they bloom early because we have had snow since they broke through and the blooms never seem to last as long.
Spring Cleaning & Sales
This weather also gets me starting to think about spring cleaning. This year, my spring cleaning will also include purging. I find there is something about the fresh start of spring that wants me to have a fresh, clean start in my home.
Each spring and fall, I sell my children’s clothes and toys at the Big Red Wagon Sale. I don’t know if you have this in your area but it is a great way to sell clothes and toys your kids have outgrown. I personally haven’t sold at Rhea Lana but I believe it is a similar event.
While there is some work in preparing your clothes, I love that I don’t have to be at the sale to sell the items. I always have these grand ideas of having a garage sale but it never matches up to my expectations. You get everything ready and set up the night before but then I sit for hours while waiting for people to come. When a buyer finally does come, they always want to pay less than what you have the items priced for. On top of that, you have weather that you can’t control. I found that by the end of the weekend, I tell myself that I won’t be doing it again.
For the Big Red Wagon sale, I price and tag my items, drop them off and check online to see how much money I have made! I don’t have to waste my weekend sitting at a table waiting. There is also no negotiations on pricing. Then at the end of the sale, I can either go pick up my unsold items or have them donated and wait for my check in the mail.
While I am on the topic of selling items, I recently listed a couple of shelves on Facebook Marketplace and a couple of other Facebook Swap groups. I guess it has been a while since I had sold on there but I was shocked at some people. I didn’t realize that my plastic shelves would be such a hot item but I had LOTS of people who were interested. Within a couple of hours, the shelves were pending pickup.
Even though I had marked Pending Picking on my post, people were still asking about them and if they were available. I completely understand wanting to know if the shelves were actually sold and picked up and to request to be next in line for them. The people I didn’t understand were the ones who even though I messaged them that they were Pending Pickup, they would offer me a different price. Or they would tell me that they could pick them up the same day. I guess I didn’t understand how if I had already committed to selling them to someone how I would they sell them to a different person instead. It seemed strange to me that a person would even ask.
It made me realize that that is what our society is coming to. There is some sense of entitlement – that if I want it, I should get it. It doesn’t matter that someone else already has spoken for it because I can offer something more or better. It’s like giving our word to someone doesn’t really matter anymore because we can still try to get something bigger or better.
I will get off my soapbox now and if I offended you, I apologize. It just makes me sad that our world has become like this. I’m sad for my kids and how different the world will be that they live in. I’m hoping that I can teach them some good morals and respect for people.
On a lighter note, my parents were in town on the weekend. It’s great when we can spend time with family. As I get older, I am starting to take less for granted, such as time with family and friends. It was great to tell my kids stories from when I was growing up. Some of it was to show them how lucky they are and how I sometimes spoil them. I know growing up if we didn’t like the food on the table….too bad. We ate it or we went hungry. While that is the rule most of the time in our house, there are some meals that I will make for Neil and me only. Knowing that the kids won’t eat it, I will make them a simple meal of their own.
And who can’t forget the story that my parents walked to school, and of course it was uphills both ways. I said that for all that older generation who tells the stories of walking uphill both ways, there has been a LOT of ground settlement since there aren’t that many hills around where I grew up. 😀
Do you have any good family stories that have been passed down?
Just Another Day
As I am writing this, I realize that a lot of the time being a stay at home mom is the same day after day. Most of the time, there really isn’t a lot of excitement or change. Honestly, for me, that isn’t a bad thing. I enjoy routine and knowing what to expect. I have a friend who loves change and that always amazed me because that is definitely not me! That being said, it makes my diary of a stay at home mom sometimes boring!
If you have any great stories or questions, I would love to hear them. Just fill out the comment section below and I can’t wait to read them!