When Mom goes garage saling, she has lists. Lots of lists. Some of them are general things she's keeping an eye out for, and others are more specific and include things that she's actively looking for. For instance, she's always scoping out the clothes and books, but on certain years she's been particularly interested in shelves, concrete blocks to edge the gardens with, or play equipment. All of these are pretty innocent things to look for.
But there's this one other thing that Mom is always looking for. Stuffed critters.
I don't know when she decided to start buying stuffed critters at garage sales or what her reasons for it are, but our critter box is getting pretty full. We get one or two new additions every time Mom goes to garage sales.
The thing is, she doesn't buy the cute critters. We don't have any of the umpteen-bazillion teddy bears, and we certainly don't have any puppies or kittens or cute little bunnies. If she bought every one of those that she saw, there wouldn't be any room left in our house for us. The critters Mom buys are the ugly ones, the odd-looking ones. The animals that you wouldn't believe were actually made into stuffed critters. I mean, who buys those things?
But apparently people will spend money on some pretty strange stuffed critters, because our critter box is teaming with wildlife. Here's what we've got.
|Robin, pelican, duck, 2 ostriches, flamingo, blue jay, kiwi bird, stork-ish thing, rooster|
|2 jellyfish, 2 crabs, dolphin, walrus, & lobster|
|Snail, lizard, spider, scorpion, three chameleons, frog, & snake|
|Rat, rhino, beaver, moose, anteater, bat, skunk, monkey, & hedgehog|
Maybe it's just part of Mom's home schooling technique.
Whatever the reason, her buying of ugly stuffed critters is just one of those things she does. We don't actually mind it, though, because we like having all the interesting stuffed critters, instead of another Santa teddy bear. Seriously. Those are bo-ring.
Of course, Mom won't buy just any old oddball stuffed critter. In addition to being unusual and ugly-looking, it also has to be cheap. She's not paying five bucks for an ostrich or a hedgehog.
So there you are. That's the other side of garage sales. It's not just useful stuff Mom brings home. She also finds some pretty crazy things.