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Once again I volunteered to handle the money transaction for the yard sale that was held by Changing Focus, a nonprofit group that helps people deal with separation, divorce, and being widowed. The yard sale took place on the grounds of the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton, Maryland, where the weekly Changing Focus meetings take place.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 30, 2017

The weather was cloudy and it veered between being warm and cool. When the sun was behind the clouds, I felt cool enough that I would wear my hooded sweatshirt that I brought with me.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 30, 2017

However when the sun emerged from behind the clouds, the temperature would suddenly shoot up and I would end up removing my sweatshirt.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 30, 2017

The weather was crazy at times but at least it didn’t rain so people were more likely to come out and do some shopping.

The yard sale gave me an opportunity to take pictures of some oddities that were on sale. I have to admit that the organizers’ decision to no longer accept certain electronics and other outdated items have had an effect. Like the spring yard sale that took place earlier this year, there were far fewer oddities that really belong in a museum than in the past. (My all-time personal favorite is the time when someone donated a Westinghouse vacuum tube that was still in its original box.) There were still a few items that were worth photographing but they were more of a cool vintage sort than something that was totally outdated. Some of the vintage items could easily belong in a museum.

These fuzzy slippers were obviously meant to resemble an animal but I wasn’t able to figure out which animal. (I couldn’t tell whether it was a bear or a pig with that snout.) In any case, I saw someone purchase it so it all worked out.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 30, 2017

This plate had the pictures and names of Canadian songbirds written in English and French. The one thing I learned is that Canada has the same songbirds as in the United States.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 30, 2017

Those Depression-era pink glass plates looked pretty nice. If it weren’t for the fact that I’m trying to live a more simple life with fewer possessions, I would’ve definitely bought the whole set.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 30, 2017

I never knew there was such a thing as a Never Clog Sugar Shaker.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 30, 2017

This one really caught my eye because it looks like something that belongs in a museum. It’s a cookbook called Frances Lee Barton’s Cooking School of the Air and it also has the name General Foods on it. Many of the pages had the date July 5, 1934 printed on the bottom of each page. I later did a Google search and found that this cookbook was based on a radio show that aired on the NBC Red Network from 1932-1935. After reading that, I found myself wishing I had actually bought it for myself because it would’ve been interesting to try some of the recipes from a long time ago. Oh well. I found that Amazon.com has a few used copies of that book so if I ever feel the need to cook any meals from that cookbook, I can buy it online.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 30, 2017

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 30, 2017

There was one customer who asked about what kind of furniture it was and it had me stumped. Someone else with the Changing Focus group figured out what it was. Apparently it was something that was used in the days before indoor plumbing became common. Basically one would draw water from a well then place some of the water in a pitcher on the top shelf level of the furniture. A bowl would be placed on the lower shelf while soap and other washing supplies would be placed in the cabinet below. Anyone wanting to wash up would take the pitcher of water, pour it into the bowl, then wash his/her hands or other body parts.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 30, 2017

There were a set of two wine glasses that also had seven colored 3 LED lights. The photos on the boxes made it look like one could drink liquids while the glass glowed a variety of different colors.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 30, 2017

This set of vintage 1948 crochet baby bibs looked really nice. It’s amazing that something that was handmade for a baby nearly 70 years ago has survived being spat upon and enduring other food stains.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 30, 2017

I came upon a postcard that caught my attention. It was for an ice cream parlor known as the Sugar Bowl. I remember when, during one of our numerous trips to Arizona, one of my husband’s step-sisters encouraged us to try going for ice cream at the Sugar Bowl in Scottsdale because that was one of her favorite places. We ate there once and I liked it. (I think my husband liked it as well but we only ate there once.) I looked on the back of this postcard and saw that it was the same Sugar Bowl that is in Scottsdale. That is pretty ironic that I would find this postcard at a yard sales held thousands of miles away from Scottsdale.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 30, 2017

The Changing Focus yard sale is usually held in conjunction with the Festival on the Green, a craft show that’s held on the grounds of the Crofton Country Club (which is located next to the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church). At one point I managed to walk over to the festival where I saw all kinds of neat stuff.

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

There was even a boxing demonstration.

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

At one point I shot this photo of the mascot for the Washington Capitals NHL hockey team.

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

Someone who was in that same booth where the mascot was located had offered to take a picture of me with the mascot using my own camera. I only went along even though I wasn’t in the mood to have my picture taken. Here’s the shot.

Festival on the Green, September 30, 2017

I helped with the yard sale until 2 p.m. when a truck arrived to take the unsold items to a nearby thrift store. I helped with packing the inventory in boxes, loading them onto the truck, then dismantling the folding tables (which belonged to the church). It was sometime around 3:30 or 4 p.m. when I finally left Crofton.

I only purchased two things for myself and they were both from the yard sale. One was the first book in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring. Among the numerous things that my ex-husband left behind when he abruptly ran away from home three days after Christmas in 2011 (and three months after I had hip surgery) were The Hobbit and two of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I tried looking for that third book but I couldn’t find it. (It would be weird if my husband had taken only the first book in that trilogy but none of the others but he’s been doing weird stuff ever since he ran away from home. In the process he has not only alienated me but many of our long-time friends as well.) It turned out that the yard sale only had one of the books and it was exactly the one that was missing from my home.

What I Purchased at the Changing Focus Yard Sale

I also purchased this book because it has some neat craft ideas that I wouldn’t mind trying in the future.

What I Purchased at the Changing Focus Yard Sale

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That day was the People’s Climate March on Washington, the latest in a series of anti-Trump marches that began with the Women’s March back in January. I would’ve gone to that one if it weren’t for the fact that I had a scheduling conflict. But I don’t feel too guilty over missing that one since I took part in the Women’s March on Washington and the Werk for Peace Dance Protest.

Besides there are more anti-Trump marches on Washington planned for the future which will focus on LGBTQ rights, fans of the hip hop group Insane Clown Posse (that one is because, for some weird reason, the federal government has classified the fans of this group as gangs and terrorists), and public education. I’m sure there will be even more marches the longer Trump stays in the White House.

I had a pretty busy Saturday. First I decided to help out with the yard sale that’s put on by Changing Focus, which helps people deal with separation, divorce, and widowhood. The yard sale was held on the grounds of the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton, Maryland, which gave me a rare opportunity to see this church in broad daylight. (The support group meetings are usually held on Thursday nights.) I noticed that the church had its own Little Free Library.

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church

I also saw this huge banner saying that the church is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church

Plus I took a couple photos of this beautiful azalea bush that was in full bloom.

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church

The yard sale had plenty of items but I saw none of the outdated technology products that I saw in previous yard sales. (Which included a Westinghouse vacuum tube, a microcassette recorder, blank 5.25″ computer floppy disks, a TiVo, a VHS tape rewinder, and a portable analogue TV set with a built-in VHS player.) I guess the organization is discouraging these kinds of donations mainly because I never saw anyone buy the outdated technology items. There were still some kitschy items, some of which definitely belongs in a museum.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, April 29, 2017

Changing Focus Yard Sale, April 29, 2017

Changing Focus Yard Sale, April 29, 2017

Changing Focus Yard Sale, April 29, 2017

Changing Focus Yard Sale

Changing Focus Yard Sale

Changing Focus Yard Sale

Changing Focus Yard Sale

Changing Focus Yard Sale

Like previous yard sales, this one was well-attended with plenty of shoppers. The weather was cloudy, hot (the temperature rose into the upper 80’s), and very humid. At one point there was a shower but, fortunately it was a short-lived storm. By the time the volunteers grabbed tarp to cover the clothes with the rain had ended. That brief storm didn’t affect attendance at the yard sale very much.

Changing Focus Yard Sale

The next photo shows the pit beef tent on the church grounds. The proceeds from the sale went to the Anne Arundel Volunteer Fire Department.

Changing Focus Yard Sale

The Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church had a book sale inside the building, which I browsed through. I also managed to walk next door to the grounds of the Crofton Country Club, where the Festival on the Green event was held.

Festival on the Green, April 29, 2017

Festival on the Green, April 29, 2017

The next two photos show a hockey mask that was signed by one of the actors who played Jason in the Friday the 13th movies. That mask wasn’t for sale. It was part of the decorations that were displayed on the Laurel House of Horror and Escape Room booth.

Festival on the Green, April 29, 2017

Festival on the Green, April 29, 2017

Festival on the Green, April 29, 2017

Festival on the Green, April 29, 2017

Festival on the Green, April 29, 2017

Festival on the Green, April 29, 2017

Festival on the Green, April 29, 2017

Festival on the Green, April 29, 2017

I bought a few items during my time in Crofton. I bought this bar of vanilla bean soap from the Simply Natural Handcrafted booth.

What I Purchased During My Time in Crofton

I bought a couple of books at the used book sale that was held inside the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church. I found this hardcover book of counted cross-stitch patterns called The Great Counted Cross-Stitch Book by Ed and Stevie Baldwin for only 50 cents.

What I Purchased During My Time in Crofton

I also purchased a used copy of the Weight Watchers Quick Success Program Cookbook by Jean Nidetch. I once owned a copy of this book and I used to frequently cook meals from that book regardless of whether my husband and I were on diets or not. (The recipes in that book are that delicious.) When my marriage imploded I made the mistake of telling my husband that I had been going to the Thursday night Changing Focus meetings in an effort to improve myself. (He blamed me for the marriage collapse. At the time I wanted him back so I told him about those meetings in the hopes that he would return home.) He used that information to let himself into our home when I wasn’t there on Thursday nights and take some belongings. Among those was that cookbook. So I now have my own copy so I can cook those meals for myself now.

What I Purchased During My Time in Crofton

Like I wrote at the beginning of this post, I had a pretty busy Saturday. I ended up leaving the Changing Focus yard sale earlier than usual because I had another event scheduled at 2 p.m. for the same day. It was a beer tasting that I purchased through my church auction last fall. Even though it gave me a chance to socialize with some of my friends from church while tasting a few beers, I didn’t take any pictures. I was more into enjoying myself than playing photographer.

Once again I took part in the yard sale to benefit my support group for people who are separated or divorced. It drew a lot of people and it raised around $1,500.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 24, 2016

The group has tried to crack down on things like furniture and other useless items that just don’t sell so I don’t have as many photos this time around of various oddities as I had in the past (which you can view here, here, here, and here). I still managed to find a few that were either wacky, kitschy, or were so old that they should be in a museum.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 24, 2016

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 24, 2016

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 24, 2016

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 24, 2016

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 24, 2016

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 24, 2016

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 24, 2016

I basically collected the money from sales. I did take a couple of breaks where I walked over to the Festival on the Green, which was held on the grounds of the Crofton Country Club right next to the yard sale. Here are a few pictures from that event as well.

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 24, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 24, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 24, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 24, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 24, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 24, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 24, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 24, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 24, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 24, 2016

I recently helped out with the yard sale that was put on as a fundraiser for Changing Focus, my support group for people who are separated or divorced. The yard sale was held on the grounds of the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church. My role was basically collect people’s money as they bought stuff that was donated to the yard sale. Here are just some of the items I managed to photograph with my smartphone.

Someone donated a whole bunch of pink flamingoes along with the metal legs that are supposed to support the plastic birds. The only thing is that most of the metal legs didn’t even fit these birds. I remember trying to fit them in the holes and they just wouldn’t go in. Other people tried as well but very few of the legs actually fit the flamingoes. As a result we had to lay most of them on the ground. Despite this the pink flamingoes were completely sold out by the end of the yard sale.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, April 30, 2016

Changing Focus Yard Sale, April 30, 2016

These shoes were the ultimate in Christmas kitsch, complete with Santa Claus.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, April 30, 2016

I once had something like this. There was a time when many people owned a VHS rewinder because rewinding the VHS tapes tended to put stress on the VCR motor that would cause that machine to wear out. So basically we used to play the VHS tape in the VCR until we were finished then transfer the VHS tape to the VHS rewinder to rewind the tape back to the beginning. These rewinders became obsolete with the advent of DVDs, online streaming, programs on-demand, etc.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, April 30, 2016

Here’s a throwback to the days when America Online was the big name on the Information Superhighway and that corporation would put its logo on all kinds of freebies like this coffee mug.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, April 30, 2016

Conair Hot Sticks, the perfect product for getting your hair in that perfect 1980’s hairdo.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, April 30, 2016

While the yard sale went on outside the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church, inside the church there was a massive used book sale where all the proceeds went to the church itself. I saw this book on sale but I ended up not buying it. I regret it now because the title is pretty hilarious.

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church Book Sale, April 30, 2016

Here’s an obsolete book from Kodak on how to make good sound movies.

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church Book Sale, April 30, 2016

Here’s an antique Bible that’s written in Swedish.

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church Book Sale, April 30, 2016

I scored big time at this book sale. I managed to buy all three Hunger Games books and the first two books in the Vampire Diaries series for under $10. See, there is a benefit to being behind in pop culture. (LOL!)

If that’s not enough, there was also the Festival on the Green, which is an arts and crafts show that’s held nearby on the grounds of the Crofton Country Club. Here are some photos I took there.

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, April 30, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, April 30, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, April 30, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, April 30, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, April 30, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, April 30, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, April 30, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, April 30, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, April 30, 2016

I made just two purchases at the Festival on the Green. Both of them were bars of soap that I purchased from Naturally Silky Soap and Natural Image Botanicals.

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, April 30, 2016

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, April 30, 2016

A few weeks ago I took part in the fall yard sale which benefitted Changing Focus, whose support group meetings I have been attending since my husband suddenly walked out on me in late 2011. This yard sale was held in conjunction with the larger Festival on the Green that’s held in Crofton, Maryland. I didn’t have as much to donate as previous yard sales because I’m finally starting to make a dent in my own pile of excess clutter (much of which was stuff that my ex-husband had left behind and didn’t show any interest in picking it up). I volunteered to help with the sorting the day before the yard sale and to also help out with the yard sale itself.

The big challenge for me was that I caught a really bad cold right before that yard sale. For both days I took some Emergen-C just so I could get through everything without wanting to fall asleep. It was cloudy both days but fortunately the rain held off and it attracted a lot of frugal shoppers.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Like the previous yard sales I was involved in, this one had a bunch of interesting items. There is this old overhead projector I remember used to be used frequently in classrooms from elementary school all the way to college. This is the really old-fashioned kind that doesn’t hook up to a computer and it uses sheets of plastic that were either printed on with a printer or written on with a marker prior to use. This one brought back a whole lot of memories for me while I also began to think that maybe this one is ready to be donated to a museum of some sort.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

And then there’s this JVC micro cassette recorder that uses actual micro cassette tapes.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

And a few blank 5.25-inch computer floppy disks.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

You also learn something new at yard sales. For example, I never knew that there was a jigsaw puzzle based on marshmallow Peeps.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Then there were the dolls, such as these creepy looking ones in the next few photos. The boxes said that they were “Swinging Hobo” dolls but they looked more like clowns to me.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015I found Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. I once had both rag dolls as a child. These dolls still sport the embroidery heart underneath their clothes that says “I Love You”.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015
Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

I saw this very cute porcelain tea set that’s doll-sized and would be perfect for a tea party. (I was briefly tempted to buy it but I ended not doing so because I’m kind of adverse to add new clutter to the household these days.)

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Then there were some items that I didn’t even know what the hell they were.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

There were all kinds of stuff available for sale.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

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Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 26, 2015

I was one of the volunteers to was in charge of taking money from people who wanted to buy something from the yard sale. I bought my lunch from one of the food vendors at the Festival on the Green. During one of my breaks, I walked over to the Festival on the Green’s craft show that was held at the country club that was located next to the church where the yard sale took place.

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

Crofton Festival on the Green, September 26, 2015

I recently took part in the yard sale which was organized by Changing Focus, whose support group meetings I have been attending since the early days after my husband abruptly walked out on me. I managed to get rid of some more unwanted clutter around my home and I managed to have fun hawking some wares to the general public. I stopped by the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church to drop off my stuff the day before the yard sale and I took a couple of photos.

The crucifix in the next photo is one that I’ve owned since I was around 7 or 8 and I was raised in the Roman Catholic Church. (I think it may have been a First Communion present but I don’t remember for sure.) The cross is made from a very light wood (the crucifix is literally light as a feather) and the rest of the parts are made from plastic. My parents sent it to me along with other items from my old bedroom after I got married and moved in with my husband but I never hung it up on the wall like I did in my parents’ home. By that point my husband and I started attending a Unitarian Universalist church and that faith places less emphasis on crosses and crucifixes. In addition, my husband was never really crazy about crucifixes and I didn’t want to hang it up in our bedroom out of respect to him. Yet I somehow couldn’t bear to let it go so I put it in storage for a number of years. With my husband being gone and with leaving my Roman Catholic past very far behind me, I finally decided to let it go to a new home. That crucifix was sold so I’m hoping that the new owners enjoy it.

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The next photo shows the remnants of my ex-husband’s old comic book collection that he never picked up. I used some of the issues to make my comic book coasters, which I sold at the previous weekend’s Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire. I sold half of the uncut comic books at the same event. All I did was transfer the remainders to a smaller box then donated them.

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As I was leaving the church, I noticed that it was a warm sunny day with the tulips being in full bloom.

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The following day was a different story altogether. The day was very cloudy and it was cold. (I don’t think the temperature ever got beyond 50 degrees Fahrenheit.) At times the weather forecast called for rain but, fortunately, the rain held off until the evening when everything had already closed down hours earlier. Despite the lack of sun and warmth the yard sale was well attended. There were plenty of interesting stuff on sale, such as these three inflatable Christmas lawn decorations. All three of them were sold that day. Someone in the group told me that these decorations, along with other smaller Christmas ornaments and decorations, were donated by a woman who had suddenly become homeless. I don’t know what her story is but it really sounds sad.

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I found this lamp that was so kitschy that, if it weren’t for space issues in my home, I would’ve bought it for myself. On the surface it looks like someone had placed these two stuffed mother and child teddy bears next to the lamp.

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Until you looked on the back and saw that the lamp pole was fitted through a hole on top of the teddy bear’s head.

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What’s more, there was a wind-up mechanism on the back so if you wind it up, it would play music. It’s a lamp! It’s a teddy bear mother and child plushie set! It’s a wind-up music box! It’s all of them! That lamp was definitely a hoot!

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It’s a black cat candy dish. Granted it was made for Halloween but that cat really looks scary as hell and it would definitely induce nightmares.

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I saw a TiVo on sale. I can remember when those things were a big deal years ago. My late mother-in-law and her second husband were given a TiVo by one of his children for Christmas and they used it frequently to record PBS shows and Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show. I don’t really hear much about TiVo anymore so I have no idea if it is even relevant these days or if it’s one of those items that should be in a museum somewhere.

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I saw this really lovely doll and I came close to buying her. But then I found that one of her feet is broken. (You can see it in the photo as one of the feet seems unusually twisted.) I ended up not buying her because she has no joint movements at all. I tried moving her arms and legs but they just would not budge. Plus she was made from porcelain. I once owned a porcelain doll that also had no joint mobility so she just stood there on the shelf for years gathering dust. I grew tired of dusting her so I ultimately gave her to Goodwill, American Rescue Workers, or some similar group.  At one point a man who has repaired dolls in the past was interested in buying her to refurbish her until he got a good look at her foot and he found that the foot was broken into a bunch of pieces and he couldn’t remove her show because it was glued to her foot.

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That doll ultimately ended up in a thrift shop that sent a truck to pick up all of the unsold sale items at the end of the yard sale.

The Changing Focus Yard Sale was held as part of a larger event that’s held in the spring and the fall in Crofton that’s called the Festival on the Green. The yard sale was held on the lawn of the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church. The church itself was holding its own book sale inside the church where it sold a variety of used books, periodicals, CD’s, DVD’s, and even VHS tapes. I found a section dedicated to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. For a total of $8 anyone could get all four books in the original Twilight saga, which was a fraction of the cost of just buying the first book in a regular book store or on Amazon.com.

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I also walked over to the craft show that was held on the grounds of the Crofton Country Club. It was a relatively small show but there were a variety of nice items on sale.

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Despite the gloomy cold weather I took a photo of one of the flowering trees that was in full bloom that day.

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I had a very full weekend. Friday (September 26) I went to Crofton where I helped my support group for the preparation of its fall yard sale. (Duties included sorting items, determining how to display them, and setting prices.) The following morning and early afternoon, I returned to Crofton where I helped with running the yard sale itself. I was among the volunteers who took the money of the people who were willing to buy used stuff for very cheap prices. It was a pretty easy task even though my feet grew sore at times.

One fringe benefit of volunteering is that I get a chance to take pictures of donated items that could belong in a museum. I did it before this past spring and last fall. This time proved no different. I donated some collectibles that could be in a museum. For this post I opted to focus on donations made by others. Some of the photos were taken the day before the yard sale while others were taken at the yard sale itself.

First up is this purple jack o’lantern trick or treat bucket. On the surface it didn’t look too unusual since the local stores have started to sell jack o’lantern trick or treat buckets (including purple ones) because Halloween is going to arrive within the next few weeks. The below photo looks like the bucket has been placed next to a cloth doll body.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

But when I picked up the bucket by the handle, I discovered that the cloth doll body is attached to that bucket. It gives new meaning to the term “pumpkin head.”

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

There was a small basket full of cassette tapes, all of which were priced very cheaply.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

I don’t even know what the hell that item in the next photograph is.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

I saw this animal that looked like a plushie. On the surface, it looks like a pink elephant.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

But then I noticed this very long monkey-like tail on this elephant.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

When I picked it up, its body felt hard. It felt similar to a Furby. I turned it upside down and saw that it has a battery compartment like a Furby.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

Come to think of it, the eyes of this pink elephant looks similar to a circa-1998 Furby’s.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

I tried to read the tag to see what kind of product it is. The only thing I could figure out is that it was made in China and it was distributed by a company called Trendmasters. After doing a Wikipedia search, I found that Trendmasters is a now-defunct toy company that went out of business over 10 years ago.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

I found an Olympus Pearlcorder 5702 Microcassette Recorder. Too bad no one donated the micro cassette tapes that this device required. Anyway, I have a microphone feature on my smartphone so I could make audio recordings without having to deal with tape.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

And then there is this bulky Dell computer monitor, which is incredibly heavy to carry. These days people tend to use thinner flat-screen monitors that are easier to carry.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

Here is a Polaroid JoyCam, which brought back memories of when my father used a Polaroid camera when I was a very young child. This particular camera is notable for being one of the last Instant products that Polaroid manufactured.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

I found a few old vacuum tubes.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

There were plenty of products that could still be used by people, such as these two dolls. Yes, I got silly and posed them for this photograph.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, September 27, 2014

Even with all the items that really belongs in a museum, the yard sale turned out really well. A few days after the yard sale I got an e-mail announcing that it raised $1,300 for the organization, which is a good thing.

The Changing Focus Yard Sale is usually held concurrently with the Festival on the Green, which is held next door on the grounds of the Crofton Country Club. At one point I managed to sneak away from my duty to check out this festival. I saw a lot of nice handcrafted items on sale. It was only too bad that money was too tight for me to buy anything from the booths.

Festival on the Green

Festival on the Green

Festival on the Green

Festival on the Green

Festival on the Green

You know that 2014 is a mid-term election year when you see a bunch of campaign signs on display.

Festival on the Green

I only stayed at the festival long enough to buy myself some lunch to eat then I returned to the yard sale. I stayed until after the yard sale ended at 2 p.m. where I did some of the packing of the leftover items that would be picked up by a truck that would deliver them to a thrift shop as part of its inventory. I left the event and I went to the second major event that was being held that day.

The Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival was held for the second year in a row. A few friends of mine had started this event last year and had even initiated a campaign on Kickstarter in order to raise some much needed funds. Last year it was held at the same time as the Utopia Film Festival and it also rained on top of it. The organizers decided to move the festival up by a few weeks and it was very warm and sunny as well. Before I left for the Crofton event, I packed my small bongo and a folding chair and I was glad I did so because it was very crowded. Here is a photo of my small bongo (which I purchased at Ron Jon Surf Shop in Florida back in 2011) that I took back in July.

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That event was so well attended that I had a hard time finding parking. It was very crowded as people brought drums and other percussion instruments to play around with the drumming acts that performed on stage and there are people who were dancing (both with and without hula hoops). There were also more vendors selling handcrafted items this year. There was a definite pagan vibe at this event that made the Crofton Festival on the Green seem straight-laced by comparison.

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival, September 27, 2014

 

I was very exhausted by the time I decided to leave the festival. I slept very well that night. (LOL!)

Today I helped out my support group for people who are separated or divorced with the yard sale. It was a big success in that people bought a lot of stuff and I was among the volunteers collecting money. (I won’t know until the next meeting this Thursday exactly how much money the yard sale raised for the organization.) The stereo I donated to the yard sale sold for $25. At last I finally got rid of that over-sized stereo. For my next stereo I plan on getting a smaller tabletop model with a CD player and an audio jack so I can plug in a computer, iPod, or iPad and play my .mp3’s.

When I worked the yard sale last fall I found all sorts of outdated stuff that really belongs in a museum. Today I found more outdated goodies that will bring back some memories.

I’ve been helping a friend of mine unload some old electronics equipment he gets for nearly free through his public library job whenever the library upgrades its computers and other electronics. Among the stuff he gave me to unload was this Tele-Recorder 350 that’s supposed to be this cassette recording device that you use for telephone calls. I looked on Amazon and found that one can buy this used for $19.95 (it doesn’t sell any new ones so I suspect that it’s no longer being manufactured). It wasn’t really worth the effort for me to unload via eBay or some Facebook/Yahoo groups so I donated it to the yard sale. It ended up on a table where everything on it was marked “FREE!” (The items that made it to that table were ones that volunteers felt wouldn’t sell at all.)

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

Another one that ended up on the “FREE!” table was this GE Caller ID device, which harkens back to the days when phones didn’t have a Caller ID feature. Caller ID was an add-on service that the phone companies provided for an extra monthly fee on top of the phone bill and the person wanting this service also had to purchase a separate device to attach to the phone. Thanks to Caller ID being a standard feature on most phones (especially cell phones), separate Caller ID devices like the one below are now obsolete.

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

The “FREE!” table had this unopened package of one Maxell Hi 8 XR-Metal 8mm Camcorder Videotape.

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

The “FREE!” table also had a box of staples. Usually that would be an opportunity to get some office supplies for free except the drawing on the package said that these staples fit only this one type of stapler that I have never seen sold anywhere. I did a quick Google search and found that it’s a type of stapler that’s now considered vintage. I have to admit that the package design is quite attractive.

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

Not all out-of-date technology was put on the “FREE!” table. Here’s a fax machine, known as the Canon FaxPhone L80, that’s now completely obsolete in this age of e-mail, Dropbox.com, and other types of web-based systems.

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

Here’s a Linksys cable modem that went on sale for 25 cents even though we doubted that anyone would want it. It turned out that someone bought it, which proves the old saying “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

I also found this portable cassette stereo player that includes headphones and small stereo speakers that has never been removed from the package.

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

There was one item on the “FREE!” table that I took for myself. It’s a souvenir glass from Walt Disney World during the 25th anniversary celebration. My then-husband and I were actually there during those festivities and I still remember when the exterior of Cinderella’s Castle was re-done to resemble a pink birthday cake. While I don’t remember this glass specifically, it was probably was one of the many 25th anniversary souvenirs that I saw on sale at the time. It’s cool that I finally have a souvenir glass years after the 25th anniversary and it’s even cooler that I got it for free. The glass is very pretty and it has the official 25th anniversary logo on the glass bottom so you can see it every time you empty your drink.

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

At one point I checked out the other two events that were running concurrently with the yard sale. One was a book sale that was held inside of the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church. The other was the Festival on the Green craft show that was held on the grounds of the Crofton Country Club. I didn’t buy anything at either event but I took a photo of a cute costumed character at the Festival on the Green.

Crofton, Maryland, April 26, 2014

The yard sale was over by 2 p.m. so I decided to drive to nearby Davidsonville where I checked out Homestead Gardens (I’m currently researching some gardening ideas). I took a few photos of this goat that was grazing on the grounds outside the nursery.

Goat

Goat

Goat

Like I wrote in my last entry, I planned to spend today in Crofton to help my support group’s annual yard sale. This is the first time I went to the yard sale in person because last year I had a scheduling conflict. I knew that it was designed to run concurrently with the Festival on the Green craft show that was held on the grounds of the Crofton Country Club. When I arrived in Crofton, I was surprised at the number of cars there and how big this entire event was. I had a hard time finding parking because there were so many cars.

I finally ended up parking at the local Baptist church down the street. That church had its own yard sale to coincide with the Festival on the Green. I walked past it on the way to the other yard sale but I briefly checked it out when I walked back to the car after I decided to go home.

Yard Sale at Baptist Church, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

Since I parked so far down the street, I reached the Festival on the Green on the way to the yard sale. I was surprised how big this craft show was. It was full of nice handcrafted stuff and I found myself wishing I knew about this earlier because I definitely would’ve considered applying to be a vendor.

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

There were activities for kids and all kinds of food available for sale. As for the crafts, they included jewelry, marionette puppets, bags, photographs, watercolors, magnets, and even handmade clothes for American Girl dolls.

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

I have to admit that the most memorable handcrafted item I saw at the Festival on the Green is this hand-built wooden table in the photo below. The table has a sunken hole where the owner can put in a proper-sized basin full of either beer or steamed crabs. After a while the server can lift the basin full of empty bottles or crab shells and discard them. It’s a really neat concept and if I owned a large place where I held frequent parties, I would buy one of these tables. It would also be a cool table for restaurants that serve beer and seafood.

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

I eventually walked from the Festival on the Green craft show to the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church (located next door) where the Changing Focus Yard Sale took place.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Changing Focus Yard Sale, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

I ran into some of the people I knew from attending the Changing Focus support group meetings, which was cool. I helped with the pricing the day before the yard sale and I saw all kinds of stuff that was on sale. Many items (such as children’s clothes and housewares) were pretty useful and I thought they stood a good chance of being sold. There were a few items I saw that I thought belonged in a museum. When I went to the actual yard sale the next day, I took a photo of some of these vintage electronic items. You’ll get a kick out of seeing the next three pictures.

A vintage Westinghouse electronic tube that has been never removed from its original box.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

A Panasonic camcorder that uses VHS tapes.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

A vintage 1960’s hi-fi stereo system whose features include a built-in turntable, a built-in AM/FM radio, and an empty space where one can store vinyl albums.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

As I was driving home I saw that there were three homes just down the street from the Festival on the Green who were having their own yard sales on their front lawns. With all these yard sales, bargain hunters would’ve had a field day if they had traveled to Crofton today. On the way out, I saw a series of signs advertising Legos starting at $3. I decided to follow the signs for the heck of it until I found this store located in the middle of an office park called Bricks, Galore & More.

Bricks, Galore & More, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Bricks, Galore & More, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

It was a Lego store that had all kinds of neat stuff including customized Minifigs and Lego sets based on movies like Star Wars.

Bricks, Galore & More, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Bricks, Galore & More, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Bricks, Galore & More, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

That was it for my day in Crofton.

I am volunteering my time to help out with the annual Changing Focus Yard Sale that is being held at the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton, Maryland today from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Changing Focus is the group I’ve gotten involved with since my husband abruptly walked out on me in late 2011 and its main purpose is to help formerly married adults adjust to being on their own again. Changing Focus runs two weekly meetings at the same location as the yard sale. The meeting I attend is called Single Again and it’s for people who are separated or divorced. The other meeting is called Healing Journey and it’s for widows and widowers. To say that Changing Focus has been a lifeline for me is an understatement so I don’t mind helping out with its yard sale. In fact, I’ve even donated a lot of stuff (including old books and cookware that I haven’t used in years) to the yard sale, which is great for me because I’ve gotten rid of excess clutter and I can take a tax write-off next year.

Yesterday I came by to help out with setting up, including setting the prices on a variety of stuff and I can say that there are all kinds of things available for very cheap prices. I helped to price some of the donated art (which is fitting since I am an artist and crafter by trade) and there are a few original one of a kind works in that yard sale (including watercolors, oils, and acrylic) that are priced very reasonably. (The most expensive art I priced was $10 and that was for a very large framed oil painting that would be suitable in a living room.)

All of the proceeds raised from the yard sale will go to Changing Focus. For more details about the yard sale (including the exact location of the church), see the flyer that’s posted online.

Running concurrently with the Changing Focus Yard Sale is the Festival on the Green craft show, which will be held at the Crofton Country Club located just down the street from the church. This show is supposed to have local vendors selling their handmade wares. (Had I known about that craft show beforehand, I might have even tried to sell there myself. Oh well.) The Festival on the Green will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and I will definitely check that show out when I can. For more details about Festival on the Green, click here.

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