In return, a while back I decided to volunteer my time. But I make a terrible volunteer. I was told to move the biographies from one set of shelves to another, which of course meant looking at every volume, carrying it across the library, and then reshelving, making sure all the books were in the proper order. And that led to me studying each spine, wondering who the person was, briefly paging through to see if there were any interesting photographs, filling a piece of scrap paper with names of people to google, and setting aside biographies I wanted to check out immediately.
About an hour later when I had only managed to move about a hundred books (and had reached my checkout limit of 20), the librarian graciously said I'd done plenty and to come back the following week.
And so the process repeated itself, with slight variations, as I was assigned all kinds of minor jobs in the library and took 8 times the expected time to finish the task. When I came to the end of my committed hours, I decided not to sign up for more.
So even though in most situations, I'd rather volunteer than make a donation, this one is the exception to the rule. In that spirit, Mr. G and I went to my library's yard sale last weekend. We made a donation and then set out looking for deals. And look what we found for $3:
We've already had a chance to try out Skip-Bo at a family dinner and really enjoyed it. Very similar to Solitaire, but played in a group. We also played Trivial Pursuit - but that was no surprise as we'd played it before, just never had our own set. Chutes & Ladders is a simple game meant for kids (both Mr. G and I remember playing it when we were little), so we'll wait for our nieces and nephews to visit for that one.
Do you enjoy yard sale/rummage sale/tag sale shopping?