We interrupt the regularly scheduled 'ABCs' post with an acknowledgement of 'JOY'!
This time of the year, the web is FULL of articles on "THANKFUL JOURNALS" and LIVING IN THE NOW! While I have never actually formalized this practice by picking up a pen and notebook, I have been trying to make a mental list each morning. It has been helping me to be more in 'the moment'. It has also made me aware of how many of the 'SPARKS JOY' (thank you KonMari!) items I currently have are compliments of 'saling'!!
One of my personal favorite 'guilty- pleasures' is handcrafted or specialty soaps & lotions. Although this could probably be reclassified as a 'non-guilty-pleasure', since it is the rare occasion that I splurge on a FULL Price purchase of this type for myself!
THANKFULLY, Garage sales provide me with enough of this stock!!! Now, before you get all 'sceeved' out, and start judging me... I'm talking 'new', 'clean', & 'sealed', products from 'nice home' sales- not from the sketchy totes found at Flea Markets, where the contents have been schlepped around all season and have sat in the HOT sun for days, weathered rainy downpours, and are covered in a layer of dust... (wow, this could be a post for the letter 'S'... sceeved, sketchy, sealed & schlepped!!) NO!
I'm talking about:
The 'gift set' that somebody received and deemed to be 'saved for a special occasion' ~
( that special day ended up being a Garage Sale!)
The Dealer, leaving the business, who has a spare room FULL of samples to get rid of
The person who received it as a gift, can't stand the smell and just wants it GONE!
(Yes!... Believe it or not, these are NOT gifts that everyone appreciates. For this I am THANKFUL!)
It is no secret as to my love of 'herbies' - growing, studying & using. So I'm sure my adoration of Patchouli Goat Milk lotion, and everything 'Essential Oils' comes as no surprise.
It is an added bonus that handcrafted soaps and sealed/unused bottles of oils are filtering into the 'saling' scene. Not only does it make them affordable for 'everyday', but it allows 'dipping your toes in the water' - you know, trying out different scents, without making it a Major Commitment! Nothing worse than spending $15. on a bar of soap, only to discover you have an asthmatic reaction to it or it leaves you in hives! If only .25¢ was spent on something, it is MUCH easier to toss it and try another!
These products usually have the most adorable packaging!!
What is your 'guilty' 'not-so-guilty' pleasures??