It's always a good idea to be an early bird at a church rummage sale.
Especially when it's a rainy morning and you resist the temptation to sleep in, so you're first in line and it's at least 10 minutes before the next person arrives. And in those 10 minutes you can look in the windows and see something that you have never seen before at a church rummage sale.
Could that be a Gurley witch candle? More specifically, the big Gurley witch candle (original price 59 cents)? Why, it certainly looks like it is, so you know exactly where you're heading when the doors open.
And it only gets better once you're inside because next to the big Gurley witch candle is a hard plastic jack o'lantern in mint condition with the original tag still on it, so you grab that too. In one swoop, you've picked up more vintage Halloween than you've found all summer.
And there are more holiday treasures, including ornaments and beaded garlands ...
and a Santa doll, a Santa planter and a tiny plastic Santa ornament.
And the most popular price point is -- wait for it -- a quarter.
Now seeing how this is a church rummage sale, you might feel a little bit guilty that everything is priced so low.
But not today. First, there's the fact that you've been standing in the rain for 40 minutes. Then, you're told not once but three or four times that the sale doesn't open until 9 a.m. That's fine, you say cheerfully, and while you don't think that you look intimidating, the people running the sale must think that you are intimidating because they lock the door to keep out the obvious riffraff.
Then once you've gathered all your treasures and you're ready to check out, you unload your haul at the table where the cashiers are sitting. There's no one else waiting in line, but you're told that you have to go to the "back of the line," which is two steps to your left. So you put everything back in your box and move to the left. Never mind that all of cashiers are just chatting with each other.
But the kicker is that after you pay for everything, one of the church ladies wants to charge you for your own purse. No, really, you say, I brought it with me, it's mine.
So considering all that, I'd say that everything was priced just right.
P.S. There's still time to enter the giveaway for my handmade Santa wreath. To find out how, read the post below.