Hula! I got your gift today!!!
I'll post info tomorrow, it's too late for photos.
Thank you so very very much!
On another note,
They just don't do yard sales here. I love a good yard sale, and where we lived in Canada we had an annual street sale that was great....you got rid of a years worth of junk, nothing EVER came back in the house...ever ever ever....and maybe you made a little cash. Plus you hung out with the neighbours all day, and we had a big fat pot-luck/bbq to end the evening off.
Here where we are that just doesn't happen. Totally different system in fact.
I may have mentioned it, but the system is quite simple. You don't want something, you put it out. Whoever may want it, takes it home...no dumpster diving stigma here!
You see, we don't have door to door garbage pick up, instead there are communal neighbourhood bins, which I just love...no more running out the door half nekkid at 6:47 am because you can hear the d*mn truck coming up the street and you are going to have to store all that rotting compost for another week if you don't make it out in time...
Nope, saunter out whenever you feel like it and drop it in the bin. Most civilised.
Plus it serves as a community large-garbage depot.
Don't want something anymore? Just put it out by the dumpsters, and chances are it'll be GONE.
Large garbage gets picked up TWICE A WEEK! Get a load of that!
Anyway, it means that with a little patience you can often find what you might otherwise pick up at a garage sale. It also means that a certain amount of community work is put into play. You let other people know that you want something if it is getting desperate...eldest's bed frame for instance....and then they scout for you too!
We just picked up a new rocker that we have on trial, and a dining chair for a friend, to see if she will like it or not!
Photos to come...too late tonight. Gotta go read my horrid book....may just quit this sucker soon.