trash to treasure......
Okay, so, let me tell you about my garage sale.
(I know. You’ve been waiting.)
Mostly it was a lot of work, which suits me perfectly [I get into trouble lolly-gagging about]. At some point while dragging things up from the basement, schlepping stuff down from upstairs, yanking things out of closets, I started driving myself crazy trying to figure out how to organize it all, trying to find the perfect, efficient system as insurance against any future re-organizational calamities [once relegated to the garage, there was no coming back into the house].
The thing is, it kinda worked. I know, right. On the right side, I placed a long table where the books napped next to the books, the small appliance played with the other small appliances. The electronics behaved themselves, and even the tools seemed to have found their niche. Also on this side, I arranged bins according to a check-list that both myself and the items seemed to understand.
Dusty Halloween, tired Christmas decorations, withered wreaths, two sets of golf clubs? Three TV's I don’t quite remember watching, wicker furniture, plus extra stuff, like cushions, an eight track player, cassette tapes, video games, CD's, and little jars that are completely useless. While knickknacks, board games, garden gnomes, and miscellaneous extras sat idly by, waiting patiently be called on, occasionally whispering to no one in particular "pssst! come look at me" they were polite that way, and never seemed to mind sitting still.
Upon opening the door to put my signs up [45 minutes before scheduled starting time] I encountered 20 or more people waiting in the drive-way, most of them drinking coffee and meandering around like extras from the set of Zombies who had wandered into a Starbuck's infomercial. They immediately gravitated toward their particular amusement, seemingly extremely choosy about which items they were interested in, as if they had to find them somehow attractive. Smaller items seemed preferable, somehow easier with less commitment, two qualities that most folks looked for as it related to their garage sale finds. And did I mention it was a great success with not a altercation in sight or complaint to be registered. Oh my, I know.