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Ask the Reader – Best Free Item at a Garage Sale?

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A few weekends ago, there was a huge community yard sale. My wife let me go out with my dad on one condition.  Because I wasn’t home helping with the toddler and new baby, I’d have to go looking for a specific item that she needed.

I only ended up spending $21 even though we were out for several hours. Honestly, it was fun. Beautiful weather, good exercise, and some pretty good deals. This is why I love garage sales and flea markets. The walking alone is one of the best parts!

The best item I got was free.  As I mentioned before, my wife had sent me out on a mission. She wanted me to keep an eye out for breast milk bags – the ones that you use to store pumped breast milk.

So at every garage sale that had infant stuff, I’d start off with “Now, this might be a little weird, but do you have any breast milk bags?” Nearly all the ladies just laughed and said that it wasn’t weird at all (and my wife agreed with them).

One lady let me know that her sister is expecting and got all of her infant stuff as she was finally done after 4 kids. I was about to leave but then she said that she thought there was one box she had missed in the basement… and it might have breast milk bags in it!

Lo and behold, she found the box and there were breast milk storage bags! I asked her how much she wanted for them, and she said not to worry about it. She was so happy that we were breast feeding and was glad to give them to us, especially because they would just sit in her basement otherwise.

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Choose your own caption: Baby memes everywhere! OR For some reason women don’t approve of me calling breastfeeding “boob juicing”.

We are really glad that we can breastfeed and that our daughter is doing well with it. Our first self-weaned at about 10 months. At that point, my wife was returning to classes and our daughter returned to daycare and had to bottle feed.  Realizing how quickly she could get milk from the bottle with little effort, our daughter just flat out refused to latch and my wife got mastitis for the third time. Because she refused the breast from that point forward, we transitioned her with half and half breast milk/formula (she wouldn’t drink plain breast milk anymore) and then finally to just whole milk. Despite two bouts with mastitis already in the first 3 weeks with our second daughter, we’re going to keep on chugging along with this little one now (as long as she continues to!).

So that’s my best “free” item at a garage sale, especially if you ask my wife. Of course I don’t plan on re-selling the bags, but I found something my family needed at an unbeatable price.

What’s the best free item you’ve gotten at a garage sale?

 

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      *GASP* You had to wash it? The horror! It’s crazy that people will get rid of things like that because of a little bit of work with a hose.

  1. The best freebie I manage to find most of the time I’m out and it’s time well wasted. I use yard sales and garage sales to clear my head and reset.

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  2. Where I live, there is a bulk pick up most months on the first Monday morning of the month. I have seen so many nicer furniture pieces (and grills, strollers, etc) at the curb so I got the idea to spend a couple of Mondays collecting the nice things. Then I sold them at a friend’s neighborhood rummage sale. For two years in a row now, I have been able to pay for our family weekend retreat at a local camp. Totally worth it. I don’t drive far and I pass up anything that I cannot wipe down or vacuum well. (Or anything with an offensive smell, of course) The money adds up fast when each piece is $20-$40. I am happy to take offers and at the end of the sale, leftovers go back to the curb. Not eBay related, but still fun.

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  3. Your wife is a champ. I’ve had the dreaded M-word once (it came on my birthday, no less) and it is no joke.

    Glad y’all are doing well as a family of four! It just gets better and better as the baby gets older. The kids play with each other and occasionally you can just sneak away and eat candy.

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      LOL! I sneak candy now if I can. The hard part is the wrapper. The girl reminds me of a cat who hears a can opener. She’s right by my side if I’m opening something with a plastic wrapper. 🙂

  4. Dang…I haven’t scored anything for free yet…not at a garage sale anyway.

    I boob juiced (LOL) all 3 of my kids…you know, that’s what boobs were made for! When one of my best friends had her 2nd kid, her daughter, who was 3.5 at the time (now 20), saw her mom breastfeeding her little brother. I guess she got a little jealous that he was breastfeeding and told her mom that the left boob was for the baby and the right one was going to be for her (even though she was weened). It was really adorable!!

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      LOL Our midwife told us that our 3 year old might want to try it. They said let her. She wouldn’t like it anyways. She hasn’t asked for it but she did ask if I’d be feeding the baby too. I let her know that it would only be from the bottle!

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