For some reason, I rarely tapped into this fantastic consignment sale. And possibly my dear, little town of Hutchinson wouldn’t have been quite what I have been experiencing here either. Don’t know. All I do know is that…I am in love.
My first experience was this year in the spring. And the weekend I had been looking forward to for six months, we decided to get sick! And so I didn’t find myself driving up to the Cleburne Conference Center as I had been dreaming of every time I drove past for months…
But on Monday, which happened to be half price day, Amanda and I decided to go in and see what was left. To my surprise, I found that someone who had twin girls was selling a lot of her twin clothes pinned together! That simply meant that they were still there. Very few twin girl sets around, I guess. Thrilled, I outfitted the twins for the summer. I didn’t have as much luck with Bomani’s clothes. It was very picked over by then.
This fall, I fell into the category of “expectant mothers”. And so I got to print two passes, one to get in early at the very beginning, and another to get in early for half price day! Walking into that huge, open, well-lit room is like a little slice of heaven, for mothers. (Who don’t like to pay more than $5.00 per dress or $3.00 per shirt…) It’s like all the best of yard sales brought tenderly together and organized beautifully, with absolutely tons of clothes right at your fingertips. And the rest of the room filled with baby and kid gadgets, potties, cribs, toys, bedding…and so much more. And there are maternity clothes. And yes, you pay more than at a garage sale, but you get what you pay for. It’s lovely. I could just walk around and breathe it in. In fact, I did. Until my pregnant back was killing me!
And so, among other things, on the two days I went, I found most of the winter clothes I will need for the kids. Except for dresses for the twins. Somehow, those simply were not there. I am so grateful!
They had to wear their “new” winter pjs that very night.
Not everything is something I would have picked out new. But for a couple dollars, yes!
This, however, I would have picked new. I LUB it! I think Hazel chose it. She has a real sense of style, and if I’m not careful, she ends up with all the “cool” clothes.
And then, there were the twin “princess” dresses.
I am actually not a big “princess” person. My style in clothing has been and still is, simple, straight, and classy. (If you wonder why I don’t wear clothes that fall into that category, it’s because I’m still waiting on that ship to come in…)
But when I saw those two dresses, all I noticed was that they were gorgeous, they were long, and they had warm, velvet sleeves. And as church only happens once a week, the girls really only need one or two sets of church clothes!
BUT. They cost $25 each!!
This lady thinks a lot of her clothing. But then, I had to admit, the clothes are nice. Quality is high. But I instantly knew I would not pay $50 for two dresses. Ever. That’s just not me.
Then Raquel reminded me of half price day coming up. And maybe, since they were priced so high, they would still be there! I left, dreaming of lovely, twin dresses in pink and black, which would delight my girls beyond their imaginations…and left it in the hands of the Lord. Okay, so I thought about them often in the next two days. And prayed. And decided to be there on time. And make a straight line to that rack.
I only wished they were pinned together! Then there would be a lot more chance…
Half price evening Raquel and I went in together. She had been waiting on something to drop in price as well, and we both headed straight to our “places”. I searched. I did not find.
I searched some more.
There they were. Half price. $12.50 a dress. Still more than I ever pay for dresses, but…oh…so lovely.
I danced. Okay, I danced inside.
When I got home with my loot, I considered that they are more princessy than I had noticed. But then the twins put them on. And Hazel started twirling about the room…
And my heart melted with joy.
Little girls should have pretty clothes. They aren’t proud. They’re just happy. They know they are beautiful.
In fact, being beautiful is just a part of normal life for the girlies. After I comb their hair, no matter how fast and simple I combed it, they might go to their dad and say, “Am I beautiful?”
Or after I got myself ready to go to a party, and dressed nicely, and came out with a flower on my scarf, they will look at me and say, “Mom! You’re beautiful!” Never ceases to bring me warm delight.
And then there are my Bomani’s adorable feet.
I have always loved Bomani’s feet. Chubby, stubby, and just…my little boy…I just love them.
Aren’t they just darling?
Last year, I wore slippers in the house all winter long. This floor is bitterly cold in the wintertime! And I felt bad for the kids…but was really not sure they would even wear slippers if I’d get them. So then, you skip the expense, you know.
But as I was shopping at Rhea Lana, I saw them. And I said, “That is my Bomani.” It went into my basket. Straight.
He was incredibly proud of them. Not only did he have slippers like mom now, but they had all manner of balls on them! And he loves any kind of ball. I wished I could find some for the twins, but I just didn’t.
The second day I went, I traced their feet and took little, paper feet with me in my purse. That day, I found slippers for the girls! Today Bomani arranged them neatly in the bedroom…
Of course, Hazel picked the gorgeous, jazzy ones…
And that is the end of Rhea Lana for this season!
What else have we been up to?
Flowers from a dear friend.
The seriously chocolate, chocolate bar. This was my second Edenway party, and it was awesome fun! Besides the seriously chocolate, chocolate bar, there were all manner of tea things to eat, tea, coffee, and so much fun. The evening ended with us sitting in a candle-lit room, sharing secrets and talking about things that would make the men run. It was lovely.
But that being the second night in a row that I excitedly left the kids with Craig at home, it was time to hang out on Saturday with my fave people! Bomani asked me as I headed out to that Friday night party…”Mom, why do you go everybody?!” Or something like that.
Now for the exciting winter preparations! We are actually seriously on the verge of building our dream stove/heater! This is called a Rocket Mass Heater. Please research it, as I do not feel like going into the details, which are still a bit fuzzy in my mind, of how amazing this heater is.
Craig did a bit of a prerun of the first part on the lawn Saturday afternoon.
Then, since we had such fantastic heat coming from it, we decided to grill!
It was a lovely, peaceful evening.
They love their babies.
So, I heard this banging coming from the end of the hall. Upon investigation, I found Hazel, with the big hammer, trying to fix our door so that it stays closed! Dear child…
Daisy reclining on my new baby bath station.
And that is what we have been up to!