Friday, April 24, 2009

The Yard Sale

Okay, we've all been there. Waking up early, getting that first cup of coffee, getting the morning paper and then,, mapping out the route of yard sales in your area. Oh, it can be exciting and very hectic that first thing in the morning.. 7am,,, early birds, just waiting to cross off the first of many sales that you anticipate visiting on that Friday or Saturday morning.

You get in the car and head off down the road. Now remember, you have your coffee, your paper and as you approach your first yard sale you casually look over and do a slow drive by. You see clothes, clothes and more clothes. There is a table of baby toys and nothing much else. So you continue your slow drive by and say, " There's nothing there,, I'll try the next one. " Cross off the list!
You keep driving and you can see all the cars parked along the side of the road,, you know it's coming up so you again slow down and pull up behind a station wagon full of kids. Oh,, this can't be good. The ad stated, " Something for everyone. Household items, furniture and kitchen items. Sounds impressive. You step out of the car to find one table. Disappointed you still hope for more in the garage or just not put out yet,,, your not an EARLY BIRD. You approach the table and on it is a container full of candle stubs ...1/2 burned and thrown into a plastic pretzel container...Wow.. all for 1.00!!. Then you see sandals for sale, they look like Jesus could have walked in them and they are tossed in a box for sale,, Each pair only 2.00. Oh,,it's getting better. Walking over to the household items and there you see it , the bargin of the day. A cast iron pan. Only problem, someone made breakfast in it and then instead of washing it added it to the yard sale for 5.00. Oh can it be.. a dirty pan for only 5.00!!
Okay, not all yard sales are like this, but I have to say, more and more I go to I think to myself, what are they thinking. I would never even think of putting something so used, dirty, broken, have burned on a table to sell to people looking for actual deals. This may only happen in Maine, but I think not. If you've had a similar experience when you just can't believe what people are selling,, leave a message, I'd love to hear about it. .. Oh and Happy Yard Saling!!


Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

It's so true! I find here that the prices for things are soooooo well, overpriced. For instance, I went to a yardsale last summer that opened at 10:30 am (we had a sale going on down the street and were waiting for them to open all morning that's how I knew.) Well, things were ridiculous! A full length mirror (the cheap kind) for $10. I was like I can buy that at Walmart for $5. But the kicker! A kids laundry basket with crayon marking all over it and a broken handle for $15. I kid you not. I was like "what?!" I don't so much see the dirty items but definatly overpriced. I'm like, it's uuuusssseeeeeddddddd.

Allidink said...

Nope, it happens here in southern California too. I went to yard sales to find things for my apartment when I moved out last year. It was awful! Just like everything you described! Only good deal I ever got was my awesome coffee table!

All the best,

Michelle said...

Okay I really had to laugh at this post because it's always exactly what I'm thinking when I go to some yard sales! That's why I tend to go to more organized flea markets and real antique collectors. Okay yea, I can't believe that pan was $5.00!!

August Rose said...

Mom and I went to a yard sale Saturday. She enjoys them. I had spotted one close to her home, so, off we went. This one had nice clothes; gap, liz, and halston. Everything was clean.

I'm not a regular yard saler so, I don't have any nightmare stories to tell.

Hope all is well with you. Email me about what your new adventures are going to be since you quit your job. Are you going to be crafting, reading or taking it easy?

Small House said...

This is what my husband and I complain about while we are out hopping to and from yard sales.

We are having one in a couple weeks with many other families. I think they are so fun. I found if you are clean, and displayed nicely, you can do very well.

Have a great day.

Joy said...

Hi Tracey, oh boy, I've seen the same thing you have. What I'm always surprised at is when people put stuff out to sell that I would have thrown in the trash---bad stuff! Just like you described! One time I went to a yard sale and the man had a Chanel box with something in it. I only wanted the box, and he tried to get me to pay more for just the box than the two items together were priced! I was like, huh??? But to be fair, I've been to nice sales also, with great deals. Good post!