Saturday, April 12, 2014

Shopping Bag: Plates and More

There is a French phrase that goes, "le soleil est au rendez-vous", which basically means that the sun is out as announced. That's exactly what is happening lately and I got to say it does much good to us. After a week of work, it's amazing to be able to go out and enjoy outdoor activities with my family. Although I also enjoy staying at home with a good book, I find that it is more suitable to do that during the winter now that I am in France and when it's freezing outside. I feel that Spring was made to enjoyed outside when you start to see the flowers blooming, the birds chirping, and the colors of nature coming back to life. But there is also another French phrase that goes "en Avril, ne te decouvre pas d'un fil", which reminds you to stay covered and dress appropriately for the season although you might be tempted not to. I can't tell you how many friends I know that spent the day uncovered during a sunny, breezy Spring day only to wake up the next day with a really bad neck or back pain! Anyways, lately my daughter has been asking us to buy her a bicycle. I find that it is a reasonable request. She is the type to prefer outdoor activities than staying all day long playing video games or toys in her room. I encourage her desires, but I also choke up a little when I see the price of a brand new bike!!! 100+ Euros for a brand new first-timers bike who is most probably going to end up falling on the floor as SO learns to ride the bike with 2 wheels only?!? As much as I love spending and shopping, I had a hard time with the thought!

And then I was told about the Assajucco Emmaus Association in Dieuze, France. This is an organization that accepts free items (you have pretty much anything you can think of!), cleans the item, repairs it if needed, gives it a second life, and sells it for a reaaalllllyyy good price!

Turns out, the place was nothing like I thought it would be. It was huge!!! And it really had anything you could of. What was supposed to be a 30 minute looking-for-a-bike moment turned into a 4 hour let's-see-what-we-can-buy-for-less-than-1-euro activity. I wouldn't have known it was 1PM already if my stomach wasn't growling to catch my attention! Thankfully, SO was at her cousin's house.

For less than 5 Euros, I think I got really nice items for my kitchen, including these really pretty white and blue dessert plates. Along with this, I got 2 pitchers, which I'm thinking of doubling as flower vases, a Pepper Holder for freshly ground black pepper, and a Baking Dish which is really perfect for baking when we are just two. Plus, it was black on the sides from usage making me wonder of all the delicious dishes this was used for!!!

P.S. We found the perfect bike for SO. We paid 10 Euros, but it was practically brand new. And like I predicted, it's usually down on the ground these days. At least, my heart won't be too broken when it's goes apart in a couple of months.


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