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Bud Em loves cheap thrills, or simply: Give us your "junque"

July 3, 2009 - Taste Buds
IT’S BUD Em’s favorite time of year - Yard Sale Season!

She is a true Yard Sale Diva!

It’s a fact that some of her most prized possessions cost as little as a dime.

But make no mistake - there is a science behind it. At least that’s what she says.

The process begins early in the week as she scours the classified ads looking for what she thinks sound like worthy sales. The term “worthy sale” is subjective, of course. It just depends on what you’re looking for.

Next she maps out her course planning stops in the most logical order.

Finally, she rises early - sometimes she is able to convince her daughter to go and other times the child refuses be roused - and sets off an another treasure hunt.

Sometimes she comes home with an armload of goodies, and other times she arrives empty handed. It’s all just a big game of chance.

Some of her favorite treasures are the coveted Burt’s Place glass, presumably from Burt Reynolds’ restaurant in that operated in Atlanta in the late 70s’. She paid a dime for it but is sure it’s worth much more. Even if it wasn’t, she’d have snatched it up anyway- a glass with Burt Reynolds’ mug on it is a great conversation piece!

Another of her faves is a stuffed cat she calls Ten-cent-kitty (it also was a dime!). It is handmade with big shiny eyes, a rhinestone collar, and a zipper down its back. What’s even cooler is that it’s full of homemade clothes. Strange? Yes! But again - good conversation piece.

Recently, Bud Em has developed what she considers a disturbing habit involving sale items that she doesn’t necessarily want, but just can’t leave behind. She calls them her orphans and her sole reason for purchasing them is to save them from the landfill. She recognizes the seriousness of this behavior and the fact that it could lead to her becoming a pack rat - something which she has never been.

Bud Tricia is a little less enthusiastic about yard sales. While she does appreciate a good bargain, she really doesn't have the time, space or patience for a lot of yard sale stops. Although she does have one fond memory of a summer she spent getting hauled around the countryside as her step-mom and a neighbor loaded kids into a car and hit the yard sale circuit.

She fondly remembers getting a flannel nightgown (yes, it was a million degrees out at the time!) at a sale on Barton Road. It was white with little pink roses on it. She loved that nightgown and it served her well - or as well as any secondhand flannel nightgown can serve an 11-year-old girl!

Those planning a yard sale may want to whip up a batch of these yummy treats! The aroma is sure to pull the customers in!


48 Hershey Kiss chocolate kiss candies

1/2 cup shortening

3/4 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 egg

2 tablespoons milk

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon soda

1/2 teaspoon salt


Heat oven to 375 degrees. Remove foil from candy. Beat shortening and peanut butter in a large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup sugar and brown sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add egg and milk and vanilla. Beat well. Stir together flour, soda and salt, gradually beat into peanut butter mixture. Shape dough into balls, then roll in granulated sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake in preheated oven, 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly brown. Pull from racks and immediately place a chocolate kiss in center of each cookie. Cookie with crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 48 cookies (4 dozen)

Recipe from Adena’s Chris Ainscough


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Feast your eyes on Burt Reynolds' mustache, my friends. This vintage glass is one of Bud Em's favorite things.