In one of my latest garage sale adventures in Iowa, my friend Tracy from Connecticut was with me. At one house, she found a giant inflatable cactus. For fifty cents! Immediately she knew that it would have a place on her patio for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. So she deflated it and packed it in her suitcase.

Accompanying this treasure was an inflatable football helmet from the same sale (Super Bowl party anyone?) and other assorted garage sale purchases. For some reason, TSA decided to search her suitcase on the way home. Doesn’t everyone in the traveling public have a few bigger-than-life inflatables in their bag?

It has often been said that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” And this blog has often said that you need to connect the dots from one experience to another. Tracy did not come to Iowa with the thought of purchasing a holiday decoration, but made the connection as soon as she saw it. And her party today will be more festive as a result.

How can you inflate your imagination to see the possibilities in unrelated events? It may garner you some prickly looks from TSA, but it will be worth it.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

beth triplett

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