We go to garage and estate sales every Saturday as long as the weather is nice. Most of the time we pick up a couple of things we need for around the farm. Occasionally I find some good books or a unique antique.
This past weekend we hit the mother lode of good stuff. Someone was selling off dozens of solar panels. Greg picked up two for a relatively cheap price. He tested them as soon as he got home and discovered they were delivering nearly a full charge.
We went back and picked up seven more at an even cheaper price. He’s thinking of setting them up as emergency backup for my freezers and refrigerator. That’s the only thing I worry about when the power goes out. We have a generator, but nearly free solar power is better and cheaper in the long run.
My other big score was this guy. Isn’t he cute!
I’ll need to repaint him, but he was too adorable not to bring home. I probably don’t have room for him, but I’d like the chance to refinish him and make him more lifelike. He’ll be my winter project.
I think he looks like Greg’s dad, but Greg didn’t think so.
Many garage sales closed early and they left their dregs on the curb. I picked up a couple of cookbooks that looked promising.
I love hunting garage sales, not just for the bargains but because we get to see other neighborhoods and different types of homes. Sometimes we get ideas for our property by seeing how other people landscape or fence their places. Every once in a while I strike up a conversation with a fellow gardener. One fellow even sent me home with cuttings for some yarrow and thyme.
Note: I might drop out of sight for several hours today. We head out to Dallas today to meet with that veterinary specialist. It’s a bit of a drive and we don’t know how long the tests will take. Chances are they’ll have to anesthetize Nana so I expect a long wait.
Meanwhile keep your fingers crossed that whatever we have to do won’t cost an arm and a leg.