I LOVE.....A Shopping Frenzy with Mom

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It is SO hard for me to focus on writing this morning!  I was all set and ready to go.  I got a good six hours of sleep last night and popped up at 6am refreshed and mentally prepared to start this fun post.  Then it happened.  For some unknown reason my "big fat dreamer" brain kicked in.  Y'all it is BURSTING in overdrive!  (Leah is reading this and saying "Oh no what now")  I have written 3 pages of a new idea for The Le Rae Life and I had to make myself stop.  There are 2 things I HAVE to get done today.  One, this blog post and the other is CLEAN my house.  If KC is going to be building a barn everyday, he's got to be able to come home to a restful environment.  Right?  There is nothing restful about this house right now!  So, once this post goes live, pray that I can stay focused on my house and not that little notebook of dreams.  At least for a few hours. ;)

For as long as I can remember, I have loved a yard sale.  I mean literally since elementary school.  But, I couldn't just simply say "I love yard sales".  This infatuation goes far beyond the early Saturday morning treasure hunts.  It is from something rooted deep inside my DNA, from both sides of my family.  It is the love of a good deal.  My Grandma Sprenger (my Dad's mom) was a freak over a yard sale.  My brother, Bert, is the same way.  He lives in Arizona and loves calling home to brag about his Goodwill finds.  And then, there's my mom.  I can't think of anything more fun and more hilarious than a shopping frenzy with my mom.  The best are the ones that get way out of control.  In order for it to be classified as a "shopping frenzy", it has to have that moment.  It's the moment during the insanity where we both stop, look at each, and then burst into hysterical laughter.  Not just girly giggles.  I'm talking about "tears running down your face, legs crossed you're about to wet your pants" kind of laughter.  This is brought on by the sheer fact that at that very moment we have both realized how ridiculous we are.  Unfortunately for our hubbies, this happens far too often.  But, we love every minute of it.  

This picture proves 2 things I have told y'all.  1.)It's in our DNA.  Both of my boys, have no problem getting up at 5 or 6 am for a yard sale trip.  2.)  Hunter just goes with the flow.  The last trip he had to ride home like this.  He never complained!

This picture proves 2 things I have told y'all.  1.)It's in our DNA.  Both of my boys, have no problem getting up at 5 or 6 am for a yard sale trip.  2.)  Hunter just goes with the flow.  The last trip he had to ride home like this.  He never complained!

This was the trip I didn't think we needed to take the big van.  DUMB! 

This was the trip I didn't think we needed to take the big van.  DUMB! 

Even our friends have caught the disease!  We love some Sandy aka George!

Even our friends have caught the disease!  We love some Sandy aka George!

If you look closely, you can see that mom bought a "for sale" sign.  How ironic!

If you look closely, you can see that mom bought a "for sale" sign.  How ironic!

These doors were a GREAT find from Old Alabama town.

These doors were a GREAT find from Old Alabama town.

Like I said, many of our friends have the disease.  This is one of the many frenzies I have shared with Leah! 

Like I said, many of our friends have the disease.  This is one of the many frenzies I have shared with Leah! 

Leah found this gem in a local flea market.  We painted it bronze for a wedding last year and used it for the food table.

Leah found this gem in a local flea market.  We painted it bronze for a wedding last year and used it for the food table.

Then in February, we painted it again and repurposed it for a floral chandelier. 

Then in February, we painted it again and repurposed it for a floral chandelier. 

From yard sales, to flea markets, to estate sales, we can't get enough of finding that great deal.  I think it is physically (or mentally) impossible to give one up.  The inability to give up a deal reminds me of our shoe shopping craze about 2 years ago.  EPIC!  Mom had gotten a 30% off coupon to Kohls and wanted me to go with her, of course.  This coupon was not a one time offer.  It was over a period of time.  During this week or so, mom and I managed to purchase 96 pairs of shoes.  YES you read it correct, 96.  One of the trips to the cash register, we had that moment.  We were wheeling a buggy of shoes up to the front.  It was so full you literally could not see over the mountain of boxes.  (I sure do wish I had a picture of this!)  We looked at each other and howled!  I know the cashier thought we were nuts!  They were not all for us.  I think mom bought every woman she knows a pair of shoes.  But we're talking Nike tennis shoes for $5 or $6.  How could you not buy them?!  See.  Do you see what just happened?  That's how the frenzy starts.  How could you not buy them?

Our latest pickin' adventure/shopping frenzy has been the biggest yet.  We have managed to buy 6 trailor loads of furniture and equipment from an abandoned hotel and there is LOADS more.  Our "frenzy" rationale; how can you not buy it at that price?   

I totally get that none of this is sound advice.  And it may be the exact opposite.  But, I just love it.  It is a total adrenaline rush.  Mom says "Samford and Sons ain't got nothing on this mother and daughter duo".  LOL! 

Don't laugh at my pictures!  I have never claimed to be a photographer!

Don't laugh at my pictures!  I have never claimed to be a photographer!

Today, I am adding a great yard sale find.  It is part of silverplated bar tool set (don't worry the other pieces will be added on the 10th).  Want to know what mom paid for these?  FIFTEEN CENTS a piece!  You gotta love a good deal!

 

Here's the links if you missed any!

10 DAY GIVEAWAY INFO 

DAY 1 - I LOVE.....KC 

DAY 2 - I LOVE.....TO EAT

DAY 3 - I LOVE.....MY BOYS 

DAY 4 - I LOVE.....TO DREAM BIG

DAY 5 - I LOVE.....TO BE PAMPERED

DAY 6 - I LOVE.....JEREMIAH 29:11  ( I realize this post may not be "all that and a bag of chips" but it links to a good one!)

DAY 7 - I LOVE.....MY HOME

Want an extra chance to win?  Here's how: 

  1. Instagram a great find of yours and #theleraelife.  Make sure you spell it correctly!  Then, come back here and brag about it in the comment section below.
  2. Tell us about what your shopping frenzies and pickin' adventures in the comment section below!
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