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It's so funny that this just came up because I have just spent several days
going from thrift store to flea market to store looking for puzzles for Mason
(3.5). We have always had puzzles around but he never really had interest in
them. We had one giant floor puzzle and he dug it out and was so thrilled with
the size and fun of it. He asked for more. I got out all the other puzzles
we had and he did all of those and really wanted more. So I thought I could
just pick up a few here and there. We love finding stuff at all kinds of
stores but I don't think I have ever thought of thrift stores as a puzzle place,
thinking they may have missing pieces and such. Boy, was I surprised. He seems
to like the floor size best and they are hard to find and expensive too and
we found at least 6 at several different stores and with all of the pieces.
They call it treasure hunting.

We had so much fun driving from store to store and the kids loved digging
through all the treasures given away. Andrew (7) told me later that he loved
going to these stores because they are always different, not like regular stores.
He asked if other kids loved the stuff we gave away as much as he loved the
stuff that other's gave away.

It was fantastic.

We do this every now and then.

Around Halloween Andrew wanted to try Boo-Berry cereal (he had seen it on TV)
and little did I know that it was a rare item. He was disappointed several
times but he was thrilled to race down each cereal isle searching. Oh, the
JOY!!! when he found it.


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-=-I don't think I have ever thought of thrift stores as a puzzle place,
thinking they may have missing pieces and such. Boy, was I surprised. =-

I figure if the puzzle only costs 50 cents or a dollar, missing pieces are just part of the adventure. <G> But honestly, I've bought brand new puzzles with a piece or two missing before, and more often than not, my garage sale and thrift store puzzles have been intact.

When Holly and I went to England, we did a lot of thrift store shopping (Dove Shops and Oxfam), and brought back several puzzles. A couple are of kings and queens of England, one of a gypsy wagon, and one's a map. They're wonderful.

When we do puzzles, we write inside the box lid if any pieces were missing. And when we're done, we put the pieces inside gallon ziploc bags (or smaller, if it's a little puzzle) and sometimes put the border pieces in a separate bag. We've been dating when we worked them, and who all helped, too, which has been fun. So we open one and find it was worked when friends had visited four years before, or whatever. Each has its own history.

I had a puzzle of baseball collector stuff, and I used some of it for a picture (I used my scanner) for the Leaning on a Truck article

I put it in the raffle at one of the first Live and Learn conferences (I think the first one, when I was in the hospital), and I don't know who ended up with it, but I hope she knew it was on my unschooling website, on one of the only pretty pages. <bwg>

My scanner quit working a couple of years ago. I really should get another one. I was having lots of fun with making art for webpages, while it lasted. A bulb went bad, and nobody will fix cheap scanners, because it's cheaper, it seems, to just do new ones. Sad for the dump.