lydamorehouse: (Renji 3/4ths profile)
 I'm just plain, ol' tuckered out right now.  Another wet, cloudy, drizzly day.  We finished up the rummage sale and netted Mason's team $95.00.  Not bad, actually, and about what I'd secretly hoped to make. Between that and a few other last minute donations to the GoFund me from a couple of my friends, we added an extra three hundred some bucks!  Hopefully, this will mean less money worries for the Team.

The sale was much slower today, despite the fact that the weather was actually quite a bit nicer.  I think this is a Saturday vs. Sunday thing. I know that when Shawn and I do rummaging we like to do it on Saturdays.  Sundays, particularly rainy ones, are for being curled up on the couch with a good book.  

We had a few humorous interactions with strangers who came to the sale.  One was a set of grandparents who were entertaining the kids for the weekend, it sounded like.  Apparently, after church they traditionally go rummaging and so this time brought the two (amazingly well behaved, if indecisive) kids along. They stopped at our sale specifically hunting for a "digger" for the young man. Apparently, at the previous sale the young lady had gotten a treat and now it was the young man's turn.  He reminded me of Mason at that age, which I would guess to be about three.  But, he was very articulate, though the hilarity ensued when grandma became very insistent that since our bucket was labeled "4 for a Quarter" the two kids had to chose four, and ONLY four, toys. We, alas, had no diggers, but there were plenty of trucks.  The young fellow first wanted the dumper, then didn't, then grandma finally sort of picked something for him so they could get in the car, but then, hilariously, kept coming back and forth to the bin trying to appease the kid.  It cracked me up. Finally the problem was solved by me explaining that, honestly, as long as it was okay with her, the kids could have all the trucks, no extra cost.  I explained that what we didn't sell was going to GoodWill, anyway.  She finally decided this was a good deal and took all three trucks.

The other was the two women (maybe a mother and daughter, but possibly just two good friends, with one slightly older than the other) who checked out all our board games and ended up buying almost twenty dollars worth of things (which at our sale is actually a LOT.) They were funny because they seemed seriously impressed that we "knew our merchandise." I wanted to know where they were shopping previously that people didn't really know what they were selling, but I think they were really surprised that we'd at least tried all our odd board games at least once.  I think I liked them because they reminded me of who Shawn and I are when we're out sale-ing.  We chat pleasantly between ourselves and the sellers and generally talk about all the merchandise. 

One woman came by specifically looking for bookshelves (I hear ya, sister!) but left with another nice piece of furniture.  

Then there was the big haul to GoodWill. Lisa and Shawn did most of the packing up, while I went and pulled up signs. By the time I came back with the car, they were mostly ready for me to jam everything into the trunk and backseat.  We managed to haul it all in one load because Lisa filled up her minivan as well.  I can't believe we finally got all that junk out of the house!  

We only came back with a small bag of LEGOs for Mason and a stool for Shawn to try to use with the loom.  She's got one now, of course, but since she hurt her back, she's been specifically looking for something that might offer a bit more back support. We're hoping that this one from Lisa will do the trick! Fingers crossed.

The last things I have to do before Mason leaves is get him some cash for food in Anaheim.  Shawn is going to start packing his bag a bit tonight, but we're all so wiped out that she'll probably do the lion's share of it tomorrow.  We've already done our bookstore run so that Mason will have new books to bring along for the trip. I hope that Mason remembers to take lots of pictures. Last time he did a big trip like this he actually took notes of things he wanted to remember to tell us about on his iPad. I hope he thinks to do that again. 

Ja ne! 
lydamorehouse: (more renji art)
We had to make a stop at Walgreen's on the way home from swimming, so we were driving down Fairview this morning and out of the corner of my eye, I see a guy next to a sign that said "RUMMAGE SALE" holding a katana. I was like, "Oh, my god, you guys, we have to stop!" So, we quick pulled into our bank, took out twenty dollars and debated whether the guy I saw was leaving with the katana, whether there might be others, and how much we'd be willing to pay for it, if it turned out to be the real thing.

I said I'd pay twenty bucks.

Shawn thought I was insane. Mason was bouncing in the back.

We got turned around, parked, and ran out of the car.

The katana was still there. It was marked for... a whole dollar. One buck. Looking at it, I thought, "Okay, this is clearly some cheap souvenir, but it's got some serious heft to it." The lacquered sheath was red (which is not unlike Renji's, though to be fair, his sheath is black, and only the ribbons are red, but WHO THE F*CK CARES FOR A BUCK??!!) The blade is steel. There are lots of cheesy dragon decorations on it, but one of the decorations is a tiger with lightning strikes coming out of it. And, when I saw that, I was like, "This is... destiny, man. Fate!"

So, we bought it. Shawn stayed long enough to walk off with several other items, all of them severely under priced for what they were worth and Mason and I just danced in a circle singing, "A katana! A katana! A katana!"

A close up of the hilt:
katana 005

Mason, calling out his zanpakuto:
katana 008

katana 006

So, I said to Mason in an awed whisper, "So, we should probably ask it its name....right?"

He gave me an eye roll, but a fond smile and said, "You're such a GEEK, Ima." A heartbeat later, he added, "Yeah, we totally should."

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