There are three things at yard sales (when they are priced well) that I just cannot pass up. One is Fisher Price Little People toys. Another is Duplos – especially vehicles and people. The third is anything made by Melissa and Doug.
Beyond these three, I also will look long and hard at any toys or classroom materials. I usually find at least one things at almost every yard sale that I go to. If I can use it and have room to store it, I usually buy it.
Sometimes I find things that I already have enough of, but go ahead and get anyway. These blocks are a good example of this kind of purchase. While some of the blocks were in good shape, some were a little overused. The naturally-colored ones were a little rough around the edges. However, they were super-cheap, so I brought them all home.
Fortunately, it did not take me long to find a good use for them. We were doing leaf sponge painting, and were using those thin sponges that are die cut from compressed sponge paper. These make shapely, but hard-to-hold painting sponges, so my yard sale blocks came in handy. I simply hot glued blocks to the back of the sponges, and voila – I had easy-to-hold sponges for my Little People, who have a variety of hand strength levels and dexterity.
The rest of the older blocks? I think I will put them in my wood stash for the next time we made wood sculptures. Or I will put them with the blocks that we regularly use just for a change of pace. Or maybe I will put them out with the play dough. The possibilities are endless, and that’s exactly why I love yard sales.