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Sidewalk sale rejects: The good, the bad, the inexplicable

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Instead of the usual "It's the sidewalk sale, it's hot, it's crowded and people got up early" story, the paper decided to actually get out and shop this year. A handful of staffers got $20 on the house to spend in a designated category, tweeting and blogging along the way. Not my worst assignment ever!

I did my due diligence in the home decor category (and scored a couple cool things — check them out on our live blog, the 1 p.m. entry). But, let’s be honest, it is impossible to not be distracted by all the other random items out there. I'm sharing a few.

Things I wanted to buy but didn’t:

Dr. Scholl’s wooden-heel sandals, $4.95 outside the antique mall (too small)

Dr. Scholl’s wooden-heel sandals, $4.95 outside the antique mall (too small) by Sara Shepherd

Ted Baker rose print shorts, $99, Spectators (probably a good deal, but still too much for me)

Ted Baker rose print shorts, $99, Spectators (probably a good deal, but still too much for me) by Sara Shepherd

Things I didn’t buy, and didn’t want to:

Hamburger zipper pouch, $4.95, Urban

Hamburger zipper pouch, $4.95, Urban by Sara Shepherd

Banana T-shirt, $5, Acme

Banana T-shirt, $5, Acme by Sara Shepherd

Kimono, $10, Blackbird Trading Post

Kimono, $10, Blackbird Trading Post by Sara Shepherd

Buzz haircut, $5, Larry’s Barbershop

Buzz haircut, $5, Larry’s Barbershop by Sara Shepherd

Aqua bustier with front-zipper and cutout sides, Kieu’s

Aqua bustier with front-zipper and cutout sides, Kieu’s by Sara Shepherd

T-shirt, $2, Social Service League tent

T-shirt, $2, Social Service League tent by Sara Shepherd

Things I bought but don’t really know why:

1970s owl necklace, $5, antique mall

1970s owl necklace, $5, antique mall by Sara Shepherd

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