Sunday, January 25, 2009

On my mind: serendipity

I've been thinking a little about how the universe seems to respond to me when I "put things out there." In November of 2007, I gave away these 2 quilts on the blog. My cabinet was starting to overflow, and I was very happy to see them go to new homes.
And then, much to my surprise, 2008 brought 14 (!!!) vintage quilts to me.

I have been collecting quilts for a long, long time, but it is usually slow going. 14 in one year is totally, completely unheard of.

Then just before Christmas we were tossing around ideas of what to ask "Santa" to bring for Jack. We started tossing around the idea of a Smart Cycle , but man are they expensive. Not even a week later "santa" found one in the Goodwill, with extra games even, for $40.

Yesterday was the kicker though. I asked you all last week what kind of skillet to cook with, and for the most part you all agreed that stainless is the way to go. Last night I had the irresistible urge to go to Goodwill, where I found 2 brand spanking new, nice T-Fal Stainless skillets for about $12 for the both of them.

Before I found those in Goodwill I had no idea how I was going to afford to replace the very expensive, totally worthless Green Pans.

David's job laid off 15% of their workforce last week, and there will be no raises or 401k contributions or bonuses or any of that nice stuff this year. While we do feel very, very, very lucky to have made it through the layoffs with his job intact, that "extra" money is what I usually count on in a new year to replace the things around the house that need replacing.

Obviously this year, like all of you, we are holding on tighter to every penny.

Finding the pans felt especially serendipitous.

Anyway, all of this has me thinking about it seems like just when I really want something, or we really need something, it somehow manages to find it's way to me.

Maybe it is in the act of just putting it out there in the universe? Maybe it's pure luck? Maybe I have just learned to appreciate some of the smaller things in life? (Certainly I have put much bigger things out there and have found myself very much without what I had been wishing for.)

What are you hoping for/wishing for/in need of that you would love to stumble upon right now?

Let's all just "put it out there" and see what happens, shall we?


  1. I would love to stumble upon a serger.

  2. I really would like to replace our disfunctional futon with a simple trundle bed with the pop up trundle. I found one on craigslist but it was too far away to transport easily. So I would like to put out there delivery.

  3. Too funny! I just got back from Goodwill and today I found something that I had been looking for for several months now! (An army green sheet.) It's already in my washing machine. :-)

    I also got our boys their Smartcycles at Goodwill, but I had to wait until after Christmas. Our Goodwill had 3 NIB ones, but they were $69.99, and that was too much I thought. After Christmas they were marked down to $45, so I picked up two of them with the boys' Christmas money- perfect! It paid to wait, but I only knew about it because I go there regularly and when I saw that Walmart had marked theirs down, I went over to Goodwill, and they had, too. So I guess what I'm saying is "God helps those who help themselves". Yes, I got them cheap, but only because I went out of my way to find them.

    So, I am game to give this a try. I guess I'll put this one out there: I'd like a really good deal on an ankle length camel colored wool coat. I'll settle for black, though. I've been looking for that one for a LOOONG time.

  4. What a great post Sarah! I often have to remind myself to slow down and that just because I want something doesn't mean I need to go out and buy it right now. I'm starting to find enjoyment in the "hunt" for my treasures.

    We have been looking for that "perfect" piece of raw land for quite some time now. A lot of things are coming together for us (we've sold off two pieces of property ~ even in this rough market ~ in the last month). So I'm gonna "put it out there" that we need to find our dream land, in a perfect town. Thanks for asking, btw! :)

  5. Hi Sarah--

    Thanks for the visit to my blog and the nice note! I was so glad to hear from you!

    Interesting post you have here. This idea came home to me when I was in the antiquing business. I'd think to myself that I'd like to find something and behold! There it would be!!

    In my mind I never considered that it was the universe. I always felt that it was God letting me know how much He loved me and delighted in my happiness. Just His way of saying "I'm here and I'm listening!"

    Thanks for bringing that lovely memory back. It still happens all the time. Have a wonderful afternoon--

  6. I would love to stumble upon some extra cash or a couple babysitting jobs. I still have a lot of baby stuff left to get.

  7. Thanks for the advise on my post:) 14 quilts that is pretty amazing.

    I love the idea of this post, everything I am wanting right now seems impossible, but lets put it out there:)

    I would love for my hub to get a job in Ca so we could move back to NAPA. I would love to sell a bunch of stuff in my shoppe so I could get the girls new jeans and eventually maternity clothes. I haven't bought anything in so long, I could go on forever:)

  8. Hi Sarah,
    you are so right in that post. When I have needed something it somehow finds it's way to me. (This item is so totally frivilous but I so wanted one) Yesterday I went to Goodwill and said a little prayer and apologizing at the same time for asking for such a silly thing. I walked over to the glassware and there it was. A mini-domed cake stand! And it was only $2.00! No cracks or chips. I couldn't believe it. I had tried looking for one during Christmas time at all the department stores but they were all sold out.

    Good ol' Goodwill!

  9. I don't think I'd find this at Goodwill, but I might just run into someone there who can help me make a difference. I'd like to ban seclusion rooms (, so I'm "putting it out there"! I'm looking for cute but not tacky frog stuff for our bathroom. I can't explain what I want, but I hope it just finds me, and then I'll know. ;)

  10. LOVED this post Sarah! Stuff like this happens to me all the time. I also subscribe to "Notes from the Universe" they are emailed to me every day. Although somewhat generic...they always make me stop and say...hmmmmmmm
    the link is

  11. Anonymous6:40 PM

    Wow, your Goodwill store totally reads your mind! I would love to find a serger. And a little extra money for the power bill.

  12. Wow...this really made me stop and think. We "need" so many things, but I would love to find a couple room sized rugs.

  13. The law of reciprocity never ceases to amaze me.

  14. I put it out their that I would find something to get me out of the home and make a little cash without having to put my child in daycare. IT happened.

    Now I hope to find some more quilts of my own and I would like a good deal on a serger. That would rock!

  15. I love this post Sarah. I've thought and thought and nothing came to mind as to what I would love to stumble upon but maybe a bigger sewing table.

  16. Interesting that so many of these stories involve Goodwill specifically (maybe it's the name?)My local Goodwill reads my mind too. An example: I had just decided that my daughter was ready for a two-wheeler bike when I walked into Goodwill and just inside the door was an almost new-looking PURPLE bike, exactly the right size, with a SPARKLY seat. $5. My husband and I call this Goodwill karma. Every time we I drop stuff off I imagine we are feeding back into it... hopefully our things match what someone else is "putting out there."

  17. I wouldn't mind finding a quilt, or a serger.

    What I am really wishing for right now is a healthy dose of self confidence, and maybe a local friend or two who craft/thrift shop. Don't think I'll find them at Goodwill, but you never know...

  18. What a fun post Sarah! You've been a lucky girl. I'm always afraid to put "out there" what I'd really like, 'cause it's usually a double edged sword!

  19. I'm hoping my rent won't go up - rumor has it that it will be. And if it does, I hope we can find a different, less expensive home that we love even more. Congrats on your find!

  20. I think you have hit on it. I, like you, have put out for bigger things that seem to not appear. But, darn, if I don;t think of a small thing and there it is - within my reach. Hmmm. Funny how that works.

  21. Love this post!
    Love GoodWill.
    I don't think I'll find what I want there...but you never know.
    My 3 yr old wants a yorkie puppy, but not even the local shelter will let us adopt one. How sad is that. They say a child should be 8yrs old to have a small dog! ~sigh~

  22. Last year I started doing more and more baking. I started looking for diferent sorts of pans at yard sales and thrifts and I was very lucky. Normally I wouldn't look at used pans. I found four miniature muffin pans, two jumbo muffin pans and a nice bundt pan all at a sale for 25¢ each.

    When my son was little, I neede one of those things that keep a kid from falling out of bed - the net thing. We had zero money, but we really needed it. I found one at that thrift for $3.00. Later he was shuffling around and I realized he needed a little ride-on toy of some sort. Again, same thrift, I found a Little Tikes motorcycle for $3.00. He pushed/rode/sat on that thing for so many years. I still have it because I love it so mcuh.
    What would I like to find now that I need? Nothing that I can think of - but I want to find lots of stuff!

  23. Sarah this was a neat post. We did not make it through the 1200 layoffs my husbands company had. We made it through many but the first week of January we recieved the news.

    I need to stumble upon a new mother board for my laptop. It is on its last legs and I have to hold the wall cord at a certain angle for it to work. Argh

  24. I know I all ready commented on this post, but I had a funny thing happen. Graham needed a new dresser, so I requested $$ from my parents for his bday to get him a dresser. I ended up having to use the $$ to get him a net to keep him in his crib, so knew the dresser was not going to happen. Today my neighbor called and asked if I wanted a dresser, I popped over and it was exactly what I was looking for other than the paint color! So it was a win win, Graham can't climb out of his crib and I got a free dresser and my neighbor got it out of her house. Yeah!!

  25. What a fantastic post, Sarah. And I still LOVE that quilt! :)

    Great discussion going on. I would love to 'stumble upon' brand new or like-new (from a trusted source) mattresses for my children, and a couch, this year. We've never had a couch, only a love seat and chairs. I'd love to come across one. I'm hoping to luck upon a vintage one in excellent shape. I don't have anything particular in mind, I'll know it when I see it.

    I can think of so many things we need right now! All the more reason, I'm hoping, most of all, that my (carpenter) husband will find more work soon. This winter has been the worst, by far. It feels like there's hardly anything out there. But I'm not giving up hope yet!


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