Last weekend was the first of the three. I didn't need a ton of stuff. I took $100 (amazingly enough, I didn't even spend it all!) and had a short list of things I was allowed to buy. If I could find Misty a new turnout blanket that would be good, turnout blanket neck covers are needed too for both girls. A new curb bit for Misty, a gray or purple dressage pad, and side reins were also on my list.
Of course I didn't stick completely to my list. I ended up buying a nice mane hair mecate for my bosal. I've had the bosal for a while, but haven't been able to justify spending $100+ on the exact mecate that I wanted. So when I ran across a fairly nice one in the exact colors that I wanted for $40, I jumped on it. Funnily enough while I was standing there thinking about buying it, my trainer friend JF saw it as well and said if I didn't buy it she would!
Then of course I did find a nice new bit for Misty that she'll hopefully like and some leather split reins to go along with them. Now I just have to dig up a headstall for it to go on. I got a brand new blue stall guard for $10 which I couldn't pass up. I was just at the feed store and saw the exact same one for $40. I don't understand how these simple contraptions are so expensive!
I did find the side reins I wanted to buy for $5, but unfortunately didn't buy them when I first saw them since they were in the first booth and I wanted to look around more. Mistake. When I came back they were gone :(
Turnout blankets were almost non-existant there. I'll have to wait for the Canby tack sale on that one.
There never is a whole lot of english tack, but you can always find a few treasures. For example, some FITS breeches that looked barely worn for $60! What a good deal, that's about $200 off the brand new price. Unfortunately they were a medium and I need a small (though I am somewhat in between sizes, so they would have worked), plus they were an olive green which I did not like. Now if they had been brown, I probably would have gotten them anyways, a little bit too large who cares!
I passed up a gorgeous western noseband. It was rolled leather with a woven horsehair and beaded accent in the middle. So pretty... but I already have a pretty rawhide noseband and certainly don't need a second. It was hard to walk away from. I should have bought a set of pretty plum colored polos that were a dollar and some box fan hangers, but I ended up forgetting to go back for them which was a bummer. Overall, as always, a good sale. Personally I think I should be a personal shopper, I always find the greatest things at tack sales! Anyone need anything? ;)
The next sales are March 15th (Canby) and 16th (Dressage). Hopefully I'll be able to keep my spending in check and find good stuff at both of them! Not that I really need all that much... maybe some new dressage leathers... and a turnout blanket... if I could find another Micklem bridle I'd get that... and elastic side reins... oh and more dressage saddle pads....
I think I have a problem.