Out and About – Week of May 2nd

If you’re a fan of “Swap Meets”, you won’t want to miss the Michiana 39th Annual Engine and Tractor Swap Meet this Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7. The venue is Boot Hill Ranch, one and one-half miles east of Jones, on Bair Lake Street. Admission is a $2.00 donation.

If you are interested in being a vendor, there is a $15 vendor set-up fee, which includes primitive camping without electricity. Gates open today at noon for vendors only. This event is presented by the St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association.

Next Sunday, May 8, is Mothers Day. If your mother is still living, let her know just how much she means to you. Send her flowers and show her some special attention.

There was an episode of “Seinfeld” which depicted George being adamant about carrying an over-stuffed wallet. He even carried an old coupon from someplace in Florida. He developed a back problem from carrying the wallet in his back pocket. I experienced the same problem, except my wallet wasn’t over-stuffed. I don’t carry a wallet anymore. However, there are plenty of men who still carry a wallet, and in most cases they carry too much information in them. There are some things you don’t need in your wallet, or a purse, all the time. They might include: Social Security card; COVID-19 vaccination record card, multiple credit cards; a blank check; passport; list of passwords; not fully redeemed gift card; birth certificate; and library card. If you’re going to the library, take your library card with you. There are plenty of people out there who would love to have your money, or your identity.

Thursday, May 5, is our National Day of Prayer. We should all take a few minutes and join in. There is no doubt we all have our troubles and concerns, and whether you believe it or not, we all have a few things we should be thankful for in this troubled world. Thank “Your” God for just being alive.

Buying anything new these days can be quite expensive. Buying a cup of coffee can be more expensive than a gallon of gas for your car depending on where you go. There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying some things used. Here are ten items to consider:

Books. Probably one of the best things to buy used. College text books can be very expensive, if you buy them new. Let someone else pay the “new-book price”.
Pet items. Used pet beds might not be a good choice, due to fleas. Garage sales usually have a good selection of gently used pet items.
Musical instruments. You might want to replace the mouthpieces on brass or woodwind instruments. Children or even some adults can lose interest on an instrument. Buying used lessens the pain when the interest disappears.
Vintage and fashion clothing. This is a great idea, especially when worn just on occasion.
Holiday items. Holiday decorations are great as long as you are satisfied with their condition.
Glassware. Fine glassware can be expensive if purchased new. Watch for estate or garage sales. In most cases these items might be in very good condition.
Sporting goods. Kids outgrow bicycles and others might lose interest in skis.
Fitness equipment. A lot of folks lose interest in things like treadmills. Yard sales are great market places.
Yard furniture. When buying used, check for wear and tear.
Electronics. For refurbished electronics should be purchased from a reputable vendor.
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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