Thrifting to me isn't just a hobby or a business, it's a lifestyle. Saturday afternoon, the entire family went back to an estate sale in Novato in search of the other six of these cards. I had found four Piedmont Cigarette cards featuring Rip Van Winkle on Friday. Realizing the value I went back on Saturday in search of more. I didn't find any but I did get to witness my family at a packed house estate sale. The two children went into the garage with me with Dave casually wandering around. Cerys and Keiran followed my lead and began digging through boxes. One of the estate sale workers was in awe at the children and kept telling me that the children really knew what they were doing.
I told him that they had doing this since they were toddlers and by now they understand about thrift prices, what to look for and what to leave behind. I didn't find the other six cards but did find a couple boxes of items to ReSell and items for me or for the children. At the next sale Cerys was quite annoyed with me that I spent so much money ($40). It was a very high quality yard sale. I bought 4 sealed printer ink cartridges for $20. I didn't like spending that much money but each one can sell for $20 alone. That fits into my ideal ReSell math where my return is four times what I paid. Cerys I guess wanted me to pay $5.00 for all four. I love that her interest in thrifting is actually showing signs her becoming a young entrepreneur. It's not about the toys for her anymore, it's how much money I can make.
When we were at the estate sale and others were complimenting her (she kept asking prices for me) I told them that my children have such a different idea of money than your average child. They know that they can buy a pair of gap jeans for $1.00. My daughter knows the average price for a vintage fur since she collects them. (and if you told me 10 years ago that my girl would be collecting vintage furs and antlers I would have laughed) Keiran on the other hand thinks a lot about the ReSale value of items. He says to me constantly "I bet you'll get a thousand dollars for that." I love his enthusiasm.
This really reassures me that I am teaching my children such an incredible skill that no matter what they do in life, they will always be able to fall back on thrifting and ReSelling if times get tough for them. All of us that thrift and are parents, are truly giving our kids a legacy both in knowledge and of course all that stuff we've been buying for years that eventually will be worth money.
I found these sweet little metal drawers at an estate sale in San Rafael. I paid $3 each for them. One is for me and one is for her. Little drawers like these were $25 at the flea market last week. $3 seems like a bargain now. It's all about perspective.
I realized yesterday that when I lived in Bainbridge I just didn't come across many vintage Christmas items for sale. I've loved collecting little bits of vintage Christmas over the last year. These glass birds with clips made me giddy when I found them. They were 25¢ each. I now need to find an inexpensive aluminum tree. I've been search for one for the last few years but they usually are too expensive or someone had already popped on it before me.
Did you thrift this weekend? What did you find? Don't forget to pop over to Southern Hospitality to check out her Garage Sale Party.