A summer time rummage sale.

Stopped off at a favorite rummage sale we have here in our city every summer. It’s at a huge Catholic church. The sale helps raise money for children’s programs within the church.

There are several rooms filled with all kinds of items. The main room, which is the room where I believe the Catholic school’s cafeteria is, is filled with rows of clothes, shoes, socks, purses and art in frames.

Through out the rest of the school they have classrooms filled with jewelry, books in another, toys and seasonal, linen, miscellaneous items, housewares, electronics and designer clothes and gowns. There is also an outside area filled with garden plants, baskets and furniture. I believe there is a total of 9 rooms to explore.

My husband and I had a list of items we were looking for but we always find other items that are not on our list. We go our separate ways to cover more space. In between shopping we meet up in different rooms looking over the items we have found so far, so much fun. A treasure hunt.

Here are just a few items we picked up in photos down below. My husband found the best deals since he hit the rooms where the real treasures were while my daughter and I looked through several chunky vintage sweaters in soft pink colors in the cafeteria room. My daughter and I spent a lot of time there.

I always search for vintage and pretty fabrics. There wasn’t a lot to choose from this year but I still found some nice ones. This pile cost around $2.
I thought these clothespin dolls were so cute ( .50 cents). I’m not sure how I will display them. I have a couple months to figure that out. I always liked whimsical things.
A tiny knitted stocking (.10 cents). I will be adding this to someones wrapped Christmas package, tied to a pretty bow.
A whole box of embroidery threads for $1.
A vintage wooden mouse ornament for .10 cents.
A birthday gift for my husband. He loves hand made art from Alaska. There was a tag on this marked carved Jade. It was $10.
A bag of mismatched vintage threads for .25 cents. I hope to make a small basket with these colors when I find some free time.

Some other deals we found were an embroidery sewing machine in new condition. Items inside machine had not even been opened yet. A wooden gnome .25 cents (main photo)Tennis shoes in my husband’s size that were brand new with tags still on them, he bought them for $3 and they sell now for $60. Large plastic water jugs. Paid $1 each and they are selling now for $15 in the regular stores. Large glass container jars $1 each, sell for $10-$15 each. They were also in new condition. We will have to replace the rubber part though since they were probably in storage somewhere and Arizona heat is nothing to joke about, everything suffers here. Things fall apart faster when they are baking away in heat.

Most of the items we bought from this sale cost us .10 cents to $100 dollars. The sewing machine cost the most. But it was still a great deal. Usually bought second hand they run around $600 and new they run over $2,000, that’s prices here in America. I have heard in Phoenix Arizona our inflation is one of the highest in the country.

The majority of people at the rummage sale, about 90%, were mask less. None of the sale volunteers were wearing masks. Here in Arizona the local news is reporting that our C. One Nine cases are going up again. At least this is what was being reported at the time of me writing this post. I am posting many posts ahead of schedule while I try to work on my Christmas book.

Summer in Arizona has always been a time with sickness being high, usually that is. This is according to the local news reports over the years. More people inside avoiding the heat means more exposure to viruses to one another….as reported from all our local news stations over the years. Which is true, being cooped up with many people always means bugs spread around.

Used to be the flu and it’s medications that were the things that our healthcare pushed on us all to line up for. Creating fear every summer that the Flu was gonna get us, and for some of us sadly, medicated or not, it did (again, according to our news reports, I never knew anyone who got sick though during those summer months from the past)…guess the flu has to move over now for another more popular monster.

Anyway, the environment during this shopping trip was very relaxed, no one seems bothered by the masks anymore, at least so far as I have seen. People do what ever they want here for now here in Arizona. New elections are coming up for our country this Fall, we will see how long these types of freedoms last here in Arizona. Many states are in big battles when it comes to political chaos.

We have to vote for a new governor for our state. Who ever it will be will help to pass new laws, trying to make people do what those laws say. Trying, and in some cases succeeding, in making people turn against one another. Oh what a tangled web we all are weaving. Scary stuff. Which means more people will move here or out, depending on the outcome of our elections.

And in the end, that old saying is true…

“The one who counts the votes holds all the power.”

So that’s it for shopping at this year’s rummage sale. I thought I add a little history on our shopping environment post C. One Nine, from my opinion and view of things. Everyone sees things in different ways, good and bad, that’s what makes the world less boring and unique. Sadly it is getting harder and harder to share opinions. More will learn to be afraid to speak truths if this keeps up. It will take courage to speak up if that happens. Like an old sickness from the past coming back for a visit, or maybe it never left…

“When silence is the norm, fear grows, fear thrives and then…evil wins.”

I try not to think about that too much but sometimes somehow it shows up, a sign out there in the world that tells us all, we better start loving one another. I had fun at this sale, it felt a little like old times again, I miss that. I bought a whole bunch of adorable wooden vintage ornaments. I can’t believe I actually found some that I don’t have in my collection. How many times do I write that every year? Happy bargain shopping everyone, God bless you all and please stay safe where ever you are.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. ourcrossings says:

    What a fun way to spend a few hours! I cannot imagine my life without thrift markets and shops. When you go on a treasure hunt, you often don’t know what you will find, and that feeling of suspense makes the search more fun and exciting. Since the items you’re looking for might be buried in any area of the thrift store, you can get those same feelings of suspense and excitement.
    Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. I know you have some great shops where you’re at. I bet there are all kinds of fun little trinkets and treasure to be found in your thrift stores.

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  2. Sheree says:

    Magnificent haul

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