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In which we learned about yard sales … and obits

Ok, so I have to share a few funny things with you guys.  First, I have already explained how Laurie completely screwed up her jam right??? Well, she did.  And yet, she wanted to try it again so she informed me we were going to go to Lowe’s to buy some more “Ball Jars.” Of course, I had absolutely no idea what a Ball Jar was and indeed, I thought we were buying some Bell Jars but I figured she knew what she was doing so I was game.


So we go to Lowe’s and I tell her that I’m pretty sure there is no canning section in the Lowe’s in Greensboro, NC but honestly, what the hell do I know since I’ve never canned or even thought of canning.  I mean, the entire thing looked liked a gigantic hassle that morning and although she made me taste her “homemade” jam (not the paperweight edition) and yeah, it was good but so is the shit that I buy from the grocery store ya know?


But I’m driving so we go to lowers and indeed, there is a canning section (WTF?) and off to it we go.  So we’re looking at jars (well, she’s looking a jars and I’m staring off into space) and a lady comes up to Laurie and honestly, BEST CONVERSATION EVER!


Lady:                        you know you can get these really cheap at yard sales

Laurie:                        what?

Lady:                        I just bought a lot of Ball jars at a yard sale

Laurie:                        well that’s nice


**Note to reader: turns out that Ball Jars are a BRAND of jars. Who knew?**


Lady:                        yeah, what you do is this.  You look in the obituaries …

(ok people, now I’m intrigued)

Laurie:                        (actually she said nothing…I was watching her)

Lady:                        and then, if you see a yard sale a few weeks later WITH THE SAME ADDRESS you know

 Laurie:                        know what?

 Lady:                        you know there’s going to be some great deals and you can get lots of Ball Jars and stuff like that really cheap!


And then Laurie thanked her for the info while I attempted not to die laughing at the thought of my cousin reading obituaries and then matching that up with yard sales. Hahaha


Laurie:                        wow, do you think she actually does that all the time?

Me:                        maybe she has a spreadsheet

Laurie:                        have you ever heard of people doing that?

Me:                        nope, sometimes I see the obits but I’m not a yardsale person

Laurie:                        I had no idea

Me:                        me neither


And then we cracked up because even so, my cousin Laurie who lives in London and comes to the States in the summer is the least likely person to EVER track obits and yard sales.


However I really did enjoy sharing this story with my family later and we all had a great laugh about it. So what did I learn?

Ball jars are a brand

People actually scour the obits to find deals at yard sales eventually

Blueberries in ball jars make great paperweights

There are things happening around me that I’m totally not aware of


Should I tell you about the Jenna Jamison blowup doll? Or should I wait??????

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  1. By Word of Mouth Musings
    August 9, 2012

    The realtors down here used to follow them for listings of condos – but now there are millions ;)
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  2. Dylan Lin Calista
    August 9, 2012

    First of all…Canning station?!?! I didn’t even know those things exist lol.

    And…SERIOUSLY? Well, the lady does have a point about yard sales being cheap but wow, it makes me wonder if she waits for someone to DIE to buy off their goodies in a yard sale.

    I wonder what the marketing pitch is gonna be – ‘Property of the deceased. Discounts that’ll kill ya.’
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  3. Jester Queen
    August 9, 2012

    Oh. I need to know about the blowup doll. Absolutely.

  4. Julie
    August 9, 2012

    I’m with Jester Queen. No holding back!

  5. Robin
    August 9, 2012

    Funniest conversation ever about canning. Good thing I wasn’t there, I don’t think with you standing next to me I could have kept it together!

  6. Patty
    August 9, 2012

    Don’t wait. Tell!

  7. Emily Woodhouse
    August 12, 2012

    Talk darling talk!
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  8. Desi Cobrev
    August 23, 2012

    You have a great time together with Laurie. At first I am not totally aware of this Ball jar. I thought it is a jar and not a brand. Well, there is always time for learning.
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