Monday, November 5, 2007

The dumpster diver.....

Okay, so as I was growing up I had the opportunity to experience many things. One of the best experiences was dumpster diving.....yes....you read that right. Let me tell you, my Gram is one of the most classiest people I know. Martha Stewart has learned everything she knows from my Gram.......BUT, a deal is a deal and others trash are some people's treasures.... There are a couple dumpsters in Southern California that hold the priciest, most elegant, beautiful fabric that one could find, but more than that, they hold some of my dearest memories of my youth that are priceless to me. Gram would load my brother, cousins, and myself up in her Mercedes Benz and we would often find these treasures that were unbelievable. We'd jump in the dumpsters and start digging. We would bring up brand new fabric that had been thrown away, sometimes whole rolls of fabric. We would load up her trunk and soon she would have pillows, dresses, curtains, bags, table clothes, bed spreads, and blankets made for the whole family. I would venture to say that there is a little piece of our dumpster days in every member of our family's home still to this day. So I tell you this story so you can understand WHY I am such a bargin shopper. It's almost an obsession.....I get some weird high when I can find the deal, and it's almost like I can't stop until I find it. It's a talent that has been passed down from Gram and shared with my Aunt's and now myself. So on to my story......I cleaned out the toy room one day and was passing down the toys to the Youth Ranch when I found it. I swear, I heard music. It was calling to me.....there sat the one thing I refused to pay full price for, but was having a hard time finding it, even used, for much less than $100.00. A jogging stroller. I told the boys to stay put and literally ran over to it. I could see the eyes of passer by woman as big as saucers as they found it as well. It was brand new, I'm not kidding.....the tires were flat but it looked like it had maybe been used one or twice. So, I start looking for a price tag and can't find it. A lady who works there made my day...."Give me 5 bucks and it's yours"......I'm sorry........what did you say?!!! 5 bucks?!!!! SOLD! I just about broke into dance.....I loaded it up and dropped it off at Les Swab. So for the time being my obsession has been fed.



(I just looked it up online and brand new it's $179.99......yes, so that's a $174.99 savings in case you're wondering. )

Here is Sophie enjoying her first ride.....

1 comment:

The Aldred Family said...

Ang... totally impressed! That's awesome... I think being cheap must run in the family... I will only buy stuff if it's on sale or if I find a good deal in the classifieds... lol I'm a cheap skate! Glad I'm not the only one ;) The pictures of Sophie are adorable!