Yard Sales: My Social Event

by Joe Plemon on August 15, 2009

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Daquella manera

Yes, I am a yard saler. Not a seller, mind you, but a saler. Nearly every Friday and Saturday morning my wife and I leave our house at 6:30 AM, pick up our daughter, and spend the next couple of hours looking for bargains. Janice (my wife) searches for vintage fabric that she magically transforms into purses or pillows or “therapeutic woobies” or cup cozies or any of a number of items that she sells on her online store: (shameless plug alert): www.blissfulnotions.etsy.com.

As for me, I seldom find anything I just have to have, and I am learning that anything I don’t use turns to clutter. This morning I found a good sized pruning saw that I paid $2 for. A couple of weeks ago I spent 25 cents on a plastic gadget that will allow me, after taking the handle from our dust mop and screwing the gadget to it, to change an outdoor light bulb without using a ladder. Sometimes I buy books…”The Millionaire Mind” hardback for a dollar about a month ago. But mostly I go for the social aspect. I love spending time with my wife and my daughter, and we enjoy chit-chatting with the other regulars as we compete for bargains. We seldom spend more than a few dollars and we always have a good time.

This morning our two grandchildren accompanied us. Simon (age 9) found some never been used elbow pads and knee pads that will protect him while skateboarding. Dyllan (age 7) found a dress she will wear to church tomorrow. We limit them to number of purchases, purpose of purchases and price of purchases. Although our goal is simply to have fun and enjoy the adventure, Simon and Dyllan are learning the value of a dollar.

Not a bad side benefit for a simple social event.

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