Fearless Females: March 15

The Accidental Genealogist is running her annual “Fearless Females” month of March. I got really behind this month due to several weekends of traveling for hockey, but I still think it’s a worthwhile series and I’m hoping to finish it out slowly. If you want to see her blog and prompts you can look here: http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com/2015/02/back-for-sixth-year-fearless-females.html

The prompt for March 15:

“Write a six-word memoir tribute to one of your female ancestors.”

My six-word memoir is a tribute to my maternal grandmother: Peggy Barbour Straughen (1937-2008)

She loved life…and garage sales.

If there’s one thing I remember doing with my grandmother it was garage sale-ing. My mom and grandmother used to take me with them on Thursdays in the summer. We’d leave the house before 8 and go all morning. The night before you had to look at the newspaper and plan the route. That’s how I learned my way around the surrounding towns. She was the queen of haggling prices. She carried her little wallet around with change. Many of the things I wore and played with as a kid came from those garage sale trips. It is still a treat for me to spend a Thursday or Saturday morning going to garage sales.

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