Wednesday, March 26, 2008

garage sales


It wasn't all that long ago... was it 20 years? 25 years? okay... so, I take it back. It just seems like yesterday.


I just remember when I went to my first garage sale. My mother-in-law got me hooked. She was such a great garage saler back-in-the-day. We would scope out the newspaper and mark the best ones, map it all out, and then head out early in hopes that they will open the doors just a teensy tinsy minute or two or five early so we can have a first look. We would always scorn on the ones who were rigid and stuck to the "NO early sales" rule. We were so funny.


One of us would drive, and one would navigate.... and we would hit them all. every. single. one.


Every spring, about this time, I begin to feel "it". If you are a garage saler you know what "it" is. I don't have to explain. But, I'll tell you - for those of you who don't know.


"It" is a rush you begin to feel in anticipation of getting the best sale, the best deal. "It" is that tinge of excitement when you see those words: SALE TODAY. "It" is that panic you feel when you think you might have missed out on a purchase, as you see someone walk away from a sale carrying something you KNOW you would have paid double for. "It" is the indwelling emotion of thrill, excitement, enthusiasm, satisfaction, and pride all at one time.


I can mildly compare "It" to a few things.... a child in her bed on Christmas Eve, a hunter the morning of the big hunt, a fisherman at 5am when he knows the fish are biting, a gardener in the spring.... if you know those emotions, then you know "It".


This is the week. This is the week "it" starts. Now THIS is the first sign of spring.

6 comments:

Heth said...

You crack me up. I never find anything good. Just junk. So I gave up and I just hit Old Navy clearance racks. They are about the same price...

Diana said...

I used to be an avid garage saler. When 2 of mine hit puberty and nothing I would find for them fit, I decided it wasn't worth it anymore...Maybe if I switch to non-wearables, I could pick up the fever again...

His Girl said...

I like the occasional garage sale-er, but I'm more a 'found this on clearance for ten cents' junkie!

Ann said...

That would be so much fun driving around with you, looking at everybody's stuff! I've had a couple different summers where I got all kinds of clothes for the boys for a bargain. I remember one time, I was watching Legos on ebay, just wanting to get a tub of Legos for the boys. I'm so glad I never ended up bidding, because I found a practically brand new tub of Legos at a garage sale for ONE DOLLAR!! Talk about a thrill! And of course, it's fun looking for Star Wars stuff for Eric. Last summer I couldn't go much, but Emily is older now, so I'll take her with me :)

Anonymous said...

I live for the garage sale "it". So glad you know!!! Found adorable buttons for my scrapbook last week....was too excited to feel normal. :) This SAturday is the kidstuff one!

-Amie

amy flege said...

oooh you got me pumped now!!