July 10, 2012

Jacob's Garage Sale

I have done a bit more garage sale shopping than usual this year.

My kids think garage sales are just about the greatest things ever invented, since bubble gum. I tend to let them pick out a couple items of their own and they get really excited about that.

In truth some of the best investments I've ever made for my kids have only cost 25 cents.

Usually at stores when they ask for something, my answer is "no", or "not right now". I confess that often times they'll look up at me with hope in their eyes and ask, "Is it cheaper at Walmart?"

Oh dear......

Anyway, I'm finding it an interesting line to walk now that they are getting a little older and starting to want things a little less ridiculous. I don't want my children to have an entitlement attitude, but at the same time I recognize that they have their own personalities and interests and I want to nurture those.

I guess that's what "working for" and "earning" something is all about.

Anyway, besides the garage sales, several kids their age have been doing little sidewalk sales of their own. Popcorn, lemonade, face painting... lettuce from the garden.

So they have been wanting to do something of their own.

Especially Jacob.

A couple weeks ago, he had found this superhero puzzle at a garage sale and he wanted it soooo badly. So I caved and gave him the necessary 25 cents. Unfortunately, he was greatly disappointed when, upon returning home and putting it together, found that three of the large puzzle pieces were missing.

So one day he announced he was going to have a garage sale and sell his new puzzle, "because pieces are missing and I don't want it anymore."

I really didn't think much of it until Hubby came home for lunch one day and asked, "Hey, do you know what Jacob is doing outside?"

After saying no, Hubby then informed me that Jacob was just... sitting outside in front of the house with his puzzle and when asked what he was doing, Jacob woefully replied, "I'm doing a garage sale to sell my puzzle but... *big sigh... hanging his head* no one is stopping."

Oh look! There's a car!
Oh man.... it didn't stop.

Needless to say, he was pretty bummed he didn't sell it. It was the saddest, cutest, funniest sight ever.

However, I'm thinking that maybe I should let my kids do a bake sale of some kind. They could help me make up some goodies and then they could try and sell them!

What do you think? Would you buy cookies from a bunch of little monkeys on the side of the road?

8 super cool people speak:

Cluttered Brain said...

Awww...What a sweet little face! And yes I would buy stuff from a bunch of lil monkeys sitting on the side of the road....:) Sounds like a good idea! :) Run with it!

Angel Day said...

HAHAHA I berst out laughing on the comment about wlamart. Haha oh man!

Erinn said...

we love garage sales at our house too! that picture of him sitting on the bags is soooo funny... lol! that cracks me up!

sorry i don't comment more, i always read and love your posts but i often have a baby in my lap!!

Mama Smith said...

Jacob...is going to learn about Entrepreneurship...He will discover that there will be UPS and DOWNS...but, with his spirit...one day...he will be a GREAT SUCCESS! smile

Mr. and Mrs. Smith said...

That is the cutest thing ever! I would totally buy goodies from little monkeys haha I have quite the sweet tooth! Caleb can vouch for that.

Kelly said...

That is the cutest story ever! LOVE it and your awesome family!

Lisa S said...

I would even buy his puzzle from him.

Sue said...

Cute as can be.


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