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12/22/11 9:44 A

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Makes no sense to me to turn down a road trip!

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12/21/11 10:20 P

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It sounds wonderful, no matter what time of the year! We went on a day trip, in October - my first trip to Canada!

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12/20/11 8:34 A

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Last January, my sister and hubby and I and my hubby took a long weekend trip to Niagara Falls! There was a special price on airline tickets so we went! Yes, it was cold and snowy but as displaced northerners living in Florida, we were like kids playing in the snow! All of our winter clothing is old and out of style but we didn't care. WE stayed at the Red Coach Inn and had a toasty marvelous time!

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12/18/11 10:35 P

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That's a great idea! You don't want to come right now though, it is only 27 degrees outside! Early spring is not so good either, but late spring is nice. But for the really hardy, the best time to see the falls is during an extended deep freeze, when the temps are in the low teens for several days. The mist from the falls coats everything with clear ice and turns all the trees in the parks into crystal chandaleers!

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12/18/11 9:55 P

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I tell you what - let's trade places for a week or two! I would love to go back to Niagra Falls. I've been there once, and loved it. Texas is not too hot at the time of the sale, so you should be fine. Just let me know! emoticon

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12/18/11 7:09 P

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That would be a fine vacation trip, from Niagara Falls to Texas!

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12/18/11 1:24 P

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NiagChris, it is Fun! We enjoy working at it beforehand, as well as that day, and attending. Come on over! It's in the spring

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12/18/11 5:10 A

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MrsJari, I would love to come to that garage sale!

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12/13/11 11:44 P

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I love the tag line here--I can just imagine me and a neighbor trading all the things we'd been trying ourselves to give away!

Trying to get a Goodwill run in this week--with young kids, it's definitely time to get rid of the toys &c they've grown out of...


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12/13/11 10:57 P

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I participate in one garage sale a year: It is at our church and we raise money in the teen thousands. We have two halls Filled, plus tons outside each year. Other than that, I donate to charity, and give away to friends and Freecycle. It's much easier, and I don't feel like I'm nitpicking over pennies.


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12/13/11 8:42 P

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I'll never, never, ever, no way, what-so-ever have a garage sale, again. It's too demoralizing pricing stuff that was once important enough to buy at 10% of the value and then haggling down from there. It's so much work unless you do it regularly and have a good system. I keep a box in my house that I throw things I don't want anymore in and then donate it to the ARC or Goodwill. No pricing, no reminiscing, no second thoughts, no guilt.

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12/13/11 8:03 P

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We have lots of different organizations that we can donate to in our town: Goodwill, the homeless shelter, the Mission that helps out people that aren't homeless but have little to live on, the local pregnancy center, a school for mentally handicapped kids just opened a thrift store, and my husband just found one for Veterans.
We also itemize our taxes, and have given things away for the past 15 years instead of having garage sales.


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12/13/11 7:06 P

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i like donating certain items to a woman's shelter or to a local mission.

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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12/13/11 3:47 P

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i did a tag sale with a friend several years ago. luckily we didn't exchange items. I itemize our taxes so i donate a lot to either goodwill or savers (similar to goodwill)

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12/13/11 3:17 P

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Great idea! Glad you've found an answer for your excess possessions and clutter.

For me Good Will and itemized lists make sense because I itemize taxes. We all need to find the answer that works for us.

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12/13/11 1:17 P

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I am in the process of cleaning out my little kitchen pantry closet. It's more of a big kitchen pantry closet, but it's gotten smaller somehow. My neighbor and I had a garage sale together several years ago and vowed never to do it again---we just traded a bunch of serving dishes. I'm excited that my husband found a place like Good Will, but it's run by Teen Challenge. Teen Challenge is doing some real good here so I'm going to take a few boxes of stuff to them. Actually, some of the stuff came from them, as well as from my neighbor. Also I found 18 cans of tuna.

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