Guest Blog-Sluiter Nation

22 Jun

It’s day two of guest blogger week and todays featured blogger is Katie from Sluiter Nation. She has an adorable son named Eddie who turns a year old tomorrow! (Happy Birthday!)

Once you read her blog you will want to become a part of the nation. So stop by her blog, get to know her, and leave her some comment love. Oh, and she has a giveaway coming up that you might want to check out!


Over at my blog, I spend a LOT of time telling the world what my family is up to.  It’s like a “show and tell” all about the things we do and love.

But there is one thing we do NOT do.  One thing we do NOT love.  I hope this confession doesn’t lose Torie followers, and if you like me less because of this, well I am sorry.


Sluiter Nation?  Does NOT do garage sales.

Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand the benefits of garage sale-ing.  I have witnessed the amazing finds/deals that my friends have gotten.  My cousin?  She got an almost brand new jump-a-roo for $2.  TWO DOLLARS!  Yes, that is amazing. And awesome.  Those are the kinds of deals and finds that make me wish I could bring myself to garage sale.  But let me tell you why I just can’t.

Part of it stems back from my childhood.  There was a certain part of my family that was HUGELY into garage sales.  Shoot, my grandpa STILL takes daily walks and checks out the dumpsters for “good stuff”. That part of my family loves a good deal BETTER than anyone I’ve ever met.  They are the reason for the stereotype that the Dutch are, um, frugal.

This wouldn’t be so bad, but these items started turning up as Christmas gifts.  Now again, I may be offending some of you who find legit stuff at garage sales that makes an excellent gift; let me assure you, that was not the case in my youth.  In fact, my younger brother actually got a box o junk for Christmas one year.  Just “junk” my grandpa threw in a box that included door knobs, nails, hinges, etc.  For Christmas.  Let it sink in.  Yeah.

And to be honest, when asked what I wanted for my birthday, and the reply was, “oh they have those at garage sales ALL THE TIME!  We will keep our eyes open,”  my little fifth grade heart would sink.  I wanted a pair of new Guess Jeans like all the other girls, not just a pair of jeans that was cool 20 years ago that you got for $1 at a garage sale.

So garage sales?  They have sort of scarred me.

I know, I know…I could be different.  I could go for that GREAT stuff.  Those ultimate deals!  I still can’t do it.

First of all, I don’t like the idea of having to search through countless heaps of useless crap for a “treasure”.

Every garage sale I have ever been to has been piles and piles of useless crap that is not loved by someone.  Why do I want it?  I know, “the search is the best part.”

No, it’s really not.  I’m not a shopper either.  I like to go it, get what I need, and leave.  Victoria’s Secret’s Semi-Annual Sale will never be a place you find me.  Yes, panties for a dollar is GREAT, but throwing elbows to search those bins?  Totally uncool.  And if you know me, you know I can throw a mean elbow if necessary.  I just don’t like to do it for a sale.  I’d rather just pay full price.

Yeah, I said it.  FULL PRICE.  Full price beats a whole Saturday wasted trying to find 18 month boy clothes for 25 cents each.  It really does.

The other thing I have grown to despise about garage sales is “Garage Sale Traffic”.  Now, growing up I lived out in the puckets and there were no garage sales around me (that by the way was heavenly).  Currently we live in a subdivision:  the breeding ground for garage sales.

Thank Mother Mary that we don’t do the total subdivision garage sale day anymore in our neighborhood, but even when a few are going on, it’s like downtown Chicago traffic at rush hour.  Slow drivers, gawkers, and just plain dummies.

This looks mild, right?  It was 7:00AM already and that van?  Not trying to get through…PARKED!  In the middle of the ROAD.  Seriously people?  WHY!?!?!

But I think the thing that grinds my gears most about garage sales is the shoddy job people do cleaning up.  There will be sad, falling apart signs stuck on poles for WEEKS after the garage sale has happened.  It hurts my soul because that is so disgusting to look at, let alone terrible for the environment.

That balloon has been hanging on that sign for a week.  A WEEK!  I get it.  Garage sales are super fun for some, a great way to get rid of things and make a buck, AND a place to get an awesome deal.  I get all that.  But not cleaning up your “advertising”?  That is just irresponsible and tacky.

So after all of that, can I promise to NEVER go to a garage sale?  No.  I know they have great kid/baby stuff for low, low prices. I just will probably never spend a Saturday “garage sale-ING”.  I also can’t promise I won’t HAVE a garage sale some day.  I mean, people HOARD to garage sales that are SELLING kid/baby stuff, so when we are done adding to Sluiter Nation, maybe a garage sale will be in order.

But that isn’t soon, since you know, we are still on the first wee one.

So happy Garage Sale-ing to those of you who love it.  I really do salute you because for me?  Whew!  It’s just NOT my thing!  Oh, and if you find something I may like, I’ll buy it off you for a buck.


P.S. This week I am running a free shipping special on all my bows and clips (excluding adult headbands) for the readers. Head over to On Top Baby Bows and when checking out leave me a message with the code word “guestblog” to get the free shipping!!

5 Responses to “Guest Blog-Sluiter Nation”

  1. Miranda June 22, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    I am not a fan of garage sales because even at 7:00am, it’s sweltering here. And the way you feel about garage sales is kind of how I feel about thrift stores, since that’s where so many of my clothes came from as a kid. My dislike of hand-me-down caused quite a ruckus when J was still baking.

  2. Julie June 22, 2010 at 7:37 am #

    I have only been garage saleing a couple of times, and last time I went with a friend who knew the people having a garage sale. She had twin boys that were 4, and Laura and I each have an almost one year old, so we kinda mopped up. I don’t garage sale in my own town, I go to the bigger one 45 minutes away and to the huge subdivisions where Ralph Lauren kids clothes still have the tags on them. There is no way I could do it all the time. Twice this spring was ENOUGH!

  3. justine June 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    ok, my mom and her BFF would drag me out to yard sales, and i HATED it. it was so mortifying. so i swore NEVER to go. ever.

    FFWD 10 years. DH’s family loves loves, LOVES yard saling and go every saturday. sometimes fridays. (yep, they have them on fridays).

    i vowed to never go with them, but then when we were looking for stuff for the little one, i found PERFECT beautiful furniture. $50 for 2 dressers and and end table. i was hooked.

    i refuse to buy a lot of stuff-mattresses, clothes, shoes, ANY kind of hygiene/half used product. pretty much i only buy baby stuff (that looks new) and BOARD GAMES! those rock.

    but i totally completely understand your point.

  4. DesignHER Momma June 22, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    katie –
    it’s cool that you don’t garage sale, because you leave more for meeeeeee! My whole house is garage saled/thrift stored/antiqued.

    Last time I was in your neck of the woods I grabbed a fab Herman miller chair worth 10 times the amount they sold it to me for. (although I’ll never part with it)

    And don’t you mind me walking away from you in my new-to-me $295 chip and pepper jeans I bought at a garage sale last weekend for $5. That’s right, my bum looks great in them!

    hope you find this in jest, I love the sale (and I love you)!

  5. Wendy June 23, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    I totally love garage sales. I only go to ones that have advertised kids stuff or I can clearly see kids stuff from the road. Heck, Mason’s entire wardrobe is second hand clothes and at this rate, we won’t have to spend any more money on clothes until he’s about 9 months old. LOVE a good bargain.

    But, I do have to say that I hate people who have no shame when it comes to what they SELL at garage sales. Used underwear? Onesies so stained that you can see the stains without any lighting in your dark garage? YUCK. If you’d rather throw it away than use it again, assume that the buying public feels the same way.

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