One of the ways Mrs Missouri and I like to get to know our town is by attending garage sales. Every Saturday morning, we wake up earlier than we should (but later than we said we would) and make a route attending all garage, yard and estate sales in a 10 mile radius. Not only is this an excellent way to get to know our neighborhood, it also has two additional benefits.
The first benefit is that our house slowly starts to come together. When we moved in, we had a bed and some side tables. Over the past few months, garage sales have provided us with an entertainment set turned extra kitchen cabinet, a barmoire to store all our living room stuff and booze, a coffee table, the start of a fantastic library (okay, for now it’s just a book case, side table, and a chair) and a ridiculous amount of lamps.
The second benefit is that it gives me something to do. In waiting for my work permit and Green Card (yes, still), projects are always welcome, especially when they upgrade the house. Currently, our garage houses four steel lawn chairs, grated, washed, and primed. Tomorrow, they should turn into deck-enriching seating opportunities in new colors. I have gotten better with every project I’ve taken on (only the barmoire was not turned into one of my projects, because I was afraid it would turn a classic into something only we would like and never turn back), and I will never tell anyone that painting a black cabinet white is an idea worth your time.