Yard sale finds.

Saturday was stunning in Chicago. Shannon and I started out the day in sweatshirts, it was that cool, but it was bright, sunny, and breezy — absolutely perfect weather. The only downside was the hint of fall in the air. Don’t like THAT at ALL.

Unfortunately, pickings were slim as far as yard sale merchandise was concerned. I told Shannon that it was almost like a holiday weekend — there just weren’t that many yard sales to choose from and not many neighborhood sales — where we maximize our shopping time — at all. Still, I managed to bring some fun things home for the babies, including some old favorites that I was SO excited to find. Like this Ed Emberly book.

I GEEKED OUT when I saw this on a table at one of the first sales we hit. I have been keeping an eye out for Ed Emberly books since I got pregnant — of course, I could get them on Amazon or eBay, but where’s the fun in that? In case you don’t know, Ed Emberly is ONLY the author of the BEST drawing books for kids. We used to check them out from the library over and over again and I still remember the feeling of poring over one of them, trying to decide what to draw. It was the only way I could ever actually get something on paper that actually LOOKED like what I was trying to draw. I am not an artist.

You start with one shape, add another, then another, until, look, you have a chicken! Oh, man, I LOVE THESE BOOKS.

Another old favorite: Dressy Bessy.

Oh, what a familiar face — even if she did look different when I had her. Mine was the version with the velveteen, purple vest and the shiny vinyl go-go boots. I loved her. I’m happy to report, the babies loved her as well. And as you can see on her button, she was only $2.

I don’t know how I managed to NOT have a copy of The Little House yet, but that’s okay, because I found one yesterday for fifty cents. This was, quite possibly, the all-time favorite book in the Hightower Household growing up. I love everything about it — the story, the lesson, the illustrations.

Also found two Eloise books to put back for later.

And this suitcase, which Shannon suggested I use for Emme’s Going-to-Grandma’s suitcase and I think I agree –with its blue, sparkly exterior and scalloped edges, it’s obviously meant to be used for something special.

I decided to start collecting clothes for a dress-up box, since I see so many dress-up items at yard sales, and looked forward to putting some pictures of Emme up in the two outfits I brought home. Alas, she screamed the second I tried to get one of them over her head. Not so of the boy, though.

Jack LOVED them. Since we’re not the kind of parents to be overly concerned with gender stereotypes…we think it’s adorable. I mean, of course, I hope it doesn’t mean he might turn out to be…you know…I mean, not that there’s anything wrong with it…but I really hope he doesn’t show inclinations towards being…

an actor.  SHUDDER.

Janie Hightower - August 12, 2012 - 3:40 pm

LOVE all this!

Katie - August 14, 2012 - 8:59 am

The Little House is a favorite in ours, my mom saved my copy (given to me in 1978!) It’s so worn and I’ve considered picking up a paperback version, but I don’t think it will be the *same*.

Love the boy in the dress 🙂

Richard Ragsdale - August 14, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Oooh! I’m jealous of that Dressy Bessy Miss V needs one of those.

An actor! Haw!