How to Nest When You Don’t Have a Nest

Foreign Service LifeMinnesota
June 20, 2011

I know you’re sick of hearing about baby and my amazing garage sale finds.  The thing is, that’s what I’m obsessed with at the moment.  I think garage-saling is my form of nesting since I don’t have a home of my own right now or a nursery to decorate.  There’s something insanely soothing about gathering up these adorable items, sorting them by size and dreaming about what the baby will look like in them.  It helps make this very intangible process feel more real (especially since I haven’t felt her kick yet).

So please, indulge me.  I’ll try not to do too many more garage sale posts.  But honestly, this one deserves it because it was the MOTHER of all garage sales.  Hundreds and hundreds of barely used items, ALL name brands.  It was garage sale heaven.  Yes, I filled a whole tub and spent into the triple digits and was very proud of myself!

And can I just end by saying that I’m so enchanted by how involved my husband has been in this whole process, even from far away.  He is an absolute gem, I tell you.  I have literally held up EVERY ITEM I’ve purchased thus far (that would be several hundred things) on skype and he has remained attentive and interested through it all.  If I didn’t know better, I think he wishes he could be garage-saling with me!

And so, without further ado.  Here are this weekend’s top finds:

Do let me know which one(s) are your favorite!  It adds to the fun…

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  1. Orazie Slayton says:

    I enjoy your updates on garage sale finds. It make me want to do the same thing when I have kids. I would never have thought of a garage sale as a place to find baby clothes! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kelly says:

    Those are so cute! You are making me want grandbabies here, so I have an excuse to shop yard sales for baby clothes! :)

  3. Sarah Novak says:

    Thanks for encouraging my obsession. :) There really is amazing stuff out there! And the hunt is really fun too…

  4. Sarah Novak says:

    Ha! Sorry about that…

  5. elise says:

    we love you sarah (and nick!) and what you are all about, and this is what you are about right now, so bring it on. you, your family and your blog are evolving. everything is SO CUTE! my fave, the tiny trench coats.

  6. Chris says:

    Having had a sailboat and just kind of loving that whole sailing motif kind of thing . . . my favorite is the little navy sailor dress. AND . . . our son is SURE their first baby is going to be a boy, and of course I just want whatever it is to be healthy . . . but I’m secretly wishing for a girl. Having had only Patrick and all boy things, having a granddaughter would be sooooooo awesome. In the meantime I’ll vicariously share the joys of your little girl shopping!! XO

  7. Sarah Novak says:

    Yeah, it’s strange to be writing about babies all the time, but that’s what’s on my mind! I have become baby obsessed (and I like it)… who’d have thought! PS – I’m a big fan of the trenches too!

  8. Sarah Novak says:

    Hee Hee. Boys are delightful too, but little girls just have such fun stuff to pick from! Yay for babies!

  9. Bethany says:

    I LOVE the ladybug footie pjs and the brown dress with the big pink flowers!

    You find the coolest stuff!

  10. Suzanne says:

    Did you shop Renee’s sale? She had a floral jacket like that and hundreds of other things you would enjoy. Touch base with her for a private showing. I love the pink sweater and floral skirt.

  11. Nomads By Nature says:

    All outfits are adorable, but I LOVE the coats! Great finds! The preparations for a baby are exciting, aren’t they!

  12. Sarah Novak says:

    Thanks Bethany – I’m quite proud!!

  13. Sarah Novak says:

    Dang- I didn’t see hers! Thanks for being my partner in finding the deals. I’ll talk with her!

  14. Sarah Novak says:

    This stage is way fun – I am loving the prep!

  15. naomi says:

    TOTALLY the little coats …. and the swimsuit. There is NOTHING on earth like a little girls’ bum bum in a swimsuit!! (well, it’s cuter actually when they are out of swim diapers!)

  16. Carly says:

    That sailor dress? ADORABLE! I can already hear her “Happy Days Are Here Again / Get Happy” duet with Mommy! : )

  17. Sarah Novak says:

    You are so right!

  18. Sarah Novak says:

    Wow- that’s a scary mental picture…. but it’s very possible that it could come true!

  19. Katrina says:

    Ah, what finds you are getting! I love them all! Stella actually has the outfit (pink ruffle sweater with the under tule skirt) in her closet. Wore it on her 4th birthday. Got to love Target =;)

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