I have meet some incredible people over the years through my thrifty adventures and I've heard even more incredible stories from how collections were accumulated and how far they traveled. It's somewhat of a beautiful privilege to be passed on such trinkets of information, wisdom and knowledge.
A few weekends ago now we had a long weekend here, on the Saturday and Sunday, I had seen a particular sign for a garage sale but the way the weekend was travelling I was left no time both days to drop by. But given it was a long weekend when I traveled by again on the Monday I saw a sign saying 50% off and they were still conducting the sale. Well as luck would have I had the kids in tow and I did have time on the Monday so we dropped in and I'm so glad we did for so many reasons, far beyond the treasures I came away with.
I'll pepper the post with some pictures of the finds throughout. Like this sweet tin picture of a praying toddler with it's dolly and teddy. Just incredibly sweet and innocent imagery, perfect for a little ones room.
So about the garage sale! It was being held by two beautiful ladies who were full of joy and smiles and were instantly accommodating and understanding with me having my three children in tow. They kept assuring me I didn't need to worry. Unbeknownst to me they had clearly been watching my interactions with Cohen and when I had to address his obsession over ever single animal and nature related thing there, they said:
He's autistic isn't he?
I found it funny that they were able to sense he was in such a short period of time. Cohen is high functioning ASD and most people wouldn't even know that there are a whole array of things we're constantly dealing with to help Cohen. But nonetheless they sensed it and they were right, they instantly said we know, we have three special needs children here.
A sweet 1985 My Child doll with long brown hair, such innocent sweet looking dolls, no wonder they fetch pretty prices these days with collectors, especially those who wish to take the time to restore them to their former glory.
Speaking of beautiful brown haired girls, these lovely ladies introduced me a lovely girl who they were carers for, they explained how she too was autistic and also had cerebral palsy and how autism was her strength.
We chatted for ages whilst I fossicked about in the garage sale offerings, they opened there hearts to my kids and entertained all their crazy carry ons and accomdated Cohen with his endless questions and queries.
These incredible women were such a privilege to meet, so far ahead of me on the learning curve of caring for child considered to be special or of higher needs. They were putting all their efforts into a garage sale to raise money for one of their older special needs child they used to care for who was going to be exchange student in Germany. They were throwing everything they could at raising funds for him so he wouldn't miss the opportunity.
Another woven cane dolls basket, always popular at fairs.
This stack of old vinyl kids kindy chairs send me back to my kindergarten days.
Selfless, open hearted, honest people like these women are just such a privilege to meet and garner wisdom from, it's a wonderful reminder of there being some truly remarkable people living right in our neighborhoods.
Labels: Autism, Community, Vintage Finds