It didn't matter what kind of cautions I gave about inclement weather and tepid customer volume. You can't really tell Emma much when she has her mind set.
So early on Saturday morning she and Mark headed out. It was a blustery--but not rainy!--day. Braeden also hit the road. He lives for the neighborhood garage sale. He wheels and deals and talks to everyone.
He came home with four folk art puzzles for me that he'd purchased for $.25 each. (I like folk art puzzles and he knows it. I'm building up quite a collection...from Braeden.) He also bought a gun, light saber and staff for Mark. So he's outfitted with further plastic weaponry. Braeden bought nothing for himself but that doesn't matter. The fun for him is in the adventure and chatting with people.
I decided to go out for a walk and to visit Emma and see how she was faring (she'd set up shop up the hill where there was more traffic). On the way there I met up with my boys. Braeden told me he thought she was getting discouraged. Mark was bubbling over with success at selling his "friend James' mom" some toys. He said, "I gave her a deal because I know her. I told her that I'd give a deal to whoever I knew."
We passed a little table full of shivering girls selling lemonade and brownies. I bought a dollar's worth.
When I found Emma, she was seated on the sidewalk, her wares spread out and Braeden was right. She looked dejected. I asked her if I could buy something and near tears, she said, "Yes! I haven't sold ONE thing."
I gave her a brownie...
and bought two necklaces and a bracelet.
ignore the freckles...I can't help it
After that I convinced her to close up shop and go exploring with me. Mark wanted to go with the triplets so Braeden and Emma and I went in pursuit of treasure.
Braeden with his cap on backwards, was our spokesperson. He loves to talk to people and I...don't. He'd ask "how much?" for everything that tickled our fancy.
Against my better judgment, I relented to Emma purchasing an enormous stuffed tiger.
I let her buy it on condition that she would get rid of the equal volume of stuffed animals. She brought me this pile.
Done! I've been trying to get rid of that stuff for years!