"Ummm... yeah... I'll go!"
Nevermind that I usually get into my jams at 7pm. Nevermind that I haven't driven in the dark in months. Nevermind that I haven't made a unilateral decision about doing something away from the house or the child (without asking D) in weeks. I just said, "yeah... I'll go!"
And we went! And it was weird to be out in the world at night. It was weird to drive in the dark. It was weird to be in real clothes after dark. It was weird to go on an unexpected adventure.
This is a really great estate sale. It starts tomorrow (Friday, 10/8) and goes through the weekend. J and I bought a tiny portion of the huge feast of kitchen and food preservation equipment there. I also saw a lot of great furniture, reasonably priced (something to note at an estate sale).
I bought some canning jars, ranging from very antique to recent vintage. I got a very heavy-duty sauce strainer with a wooden pusher. I needed this last week when I was working on our garden's tomatoes, and I almost bought something like this from an online source.
I also got two huge stainless steel bowls for mixing cabbage for kimchi and kraut. I had planned to go down to a restaurant supply store next week because my biggest mixing bowls weren't able to do the job lately so it's wonderful to find these funkily-flat-bottomed bowls.
I was so so so good last night. I wasn't greedy. If you live near Portland, the sale starts tomorrow, and there are hundreds more canning jars, two steam canners, pickling crocks, meat grinders, vegetable grinders, a cherry pitter, funky kitchen scales, wonderful kitchen stools, bread and muffin pans.
I bought very, very little because I need to reorganize my kitchen and pantry spaces before I bring more tools into the kitchen. Great sale. It's been so long since I've been to a really good sale, and I still feel amped from the sensory overload.
Go to Tryon Creek State Park after the sale and root yourself again.