I’m a Yard Sailor….are you? Or, “A Prepper’s Best Friend”!

I’m a Yard Sailor….are you? Or, “A Prepper’s Best Friend”!

Submitted by servantheart, Editor at Large


‘Tis the Season, and I’m so glad! For yard sales, that is.

Well, shiver me timbers….don’t you just love saying that?! Just don’t “blow me down”. I would not like that. That’s an old sailor’s saying; it came from true sailor slang.

Shiver my timbers (or shiver me timbers using the possessive me) is an exclamation in the form of a mock oath usually attributed to the speech of pirates in works of fiction. It is employed as a literary device by authors to express shock, surprise or annoyance. The phrase is based on real nautical slang and is a reference to the timbers, which are the wooden support frames of a sailing ship. In heavy seas, ships would be lifted up and pounded down so hard as to “shiver” the timbers, startling the sailors. Such an exclamation was meant to convey a feeling of fear and awe, similar to, “Well, blow me down!”, or, “May God strike me dead”. Shiver is also reminiscent of the splintering of a ship’s timbers in battle – splinter wounds were a common form of battle injury on wooden ships (‘shiver’ means splinter in some English dialects). – Wikipedia

What does that have to do with yard sales? Not much, except that I consider myself a “yard sailor”, which just sounds more fun than, “going to yard sales”. O.K., whatever…

Well, I love yard sales, garage sales, whatever you want to call them. If you, too, are a yard sailor, you know why. Yard and garage sales are a prepper’s best friend, IMHO! It’s amazing what we can find and what we are looking for probably is not what the majority of our competition is looking for, so, that’s good!

I have a confession. I am bragging here – well, maybe just a little bit anyway. I’m so happy about one of my latest yard sale finds, and a 50 cent bargain, at that!

What am I so happy about? A vintage SaladMaster with slight disabilities, bought for only 50 cents. You heard me. 50 cents! It came with all five cones; for this job, I am using the grater cone; which finely grates.  Love it! I’m grating six bars of Kirk’s Castile Soap, which I have hardened off for a month; fixin’ to make a fresh batch of laundry detergent. Always harden your bar soap off; it lasts longer and certainly grates more easily. After this, I’ll finely grate a block of cheese. Note to self: remember to wash unit  well before grating cheese.

Anyway, about the SaladMaster…yes, this one is imperfect; it has a few minor disabilities, which has nothing to do with its ability to perform well. Sound familiar? The non-skid rubber feet caps are all missing…will be visiting the local hardware as soon as I get a “round tuit”; I’m sure they will have something that will do the job very well, for little cash.

I found this little treasure in a box, in a yard. I’m not opposed to sorting through boxes of junk. – and this is why.

I did have to remove the old muddobber’s nest from one of the pieces, wash them thoroughly, including cleaning out the “crevices” with a toothbrush, then run the pieces through the dishwasher for a final cleansing. The metal was heavily pitted, as it had been improperly stored, so, lots of “gentle scrubbing” (is that an oxymoron?) with steel wool; she will never be “like new”, but she works just fine, so, who cares?!

My 50 cent bargain is also missing the guard that’s supposed to help keep your fingers out of the unit while you turn it, I guess. But then, if you look on ebay, you’ll find about a dozen for sale, ranging in price from $49.99 to $100.00, most of them missing this same piece, or, at least, the pin that holds it in place. If you’re going to stick your fingers down in this while turning it, you probably shouldn’t be allowed to use it…just sayin’…  J

What’s your favorite yard sale find? Are you a yard sailor, too?


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