Sunday, June 21, 2009

Martha on the cheap

Yesterday, I spent all morning hitting the local garage sales with My Big Martha and sister. I got a stack of three books at one sale.

"How much for these three books?" I asked.
"Oh, fifty cents," was the reply.

I gave that woman two quarters and'll see why in a second.

The first book is Grover's I Can Dress Myself. Fitting, since the Little Guy is in his ME/MINE phase now, and is working on dressing himself. And by dressing myself, I mean he tries to put on shoes and ends up wearing them on his hands. Just so I'm clear on that.

The second book is Richard Scarry's Naughty Bunny. Seriously, that bunny looks a little deranged. He's holding a saw! What kind of child/bunny wields a saw? I should have investigated more before I bought it.

But I didn't do enough recon, and it's all because of the third book:

I got Martha's Handmade Christmas (1995).
What a find! It's Martha...



...for the low, low price of $0.166. What a deal! I ran from that sale because had the woman realized what she had done--given away a vintage Martha book for only sixteen cents--she would be chasing me down to get it back.
Bonus! There's a picture of me and Martha canning brandied pears to give as gifts for our friends and neighbors. It's on page 89.

Just kidding. That's not me with Martha. But wouldn't it be awesome if it was?

Sigh. I just love a good garage sale.


A Frugal Friend said...

I had just found your blog so you actually had me fooled! :-) What a great find - got to start going to garage sells instead of just having them. :-)

Chicagolandia said...

Great find! Where else can you find a good book for such a low price? I love finding good books on the cheap!!

Anonymous said...

hmmm...if that Martha book is from 1985....that makes you under 10 on the cover! hehe L

Amanda said...

Hee hee. Glad I fooled you, Frugal Friend!

Also, I've read the Naughty Bunny to the Little Guy several times now, and it's not so bad. No decapitations of Parent Bunny by the Naughty saw-wielding Bunny. Phew!

Jean K. Lahm said...

Great finds! I think a lot of parents don't realize how much money you can save buying children's books at garage sales! Love that pic of you in Martha's book, too!! ;)

Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom said...

Hehehe I love garage sales too... and getting a picture with Martha in one of her books should totally be one of your future goals. ;P