Book it to the library before you go to garage sale—April, 26, 2013
T’is the season to go shopping…..at garage sales, that is. The balloons and brightly colored signs are a signal to avid garage sale shoppers to STOP! Some people race by with merely a glance, hesitant to consider buying the cast-offs of friends and neighbors. If they only knew what they’re missing! Laura Spencer makes a convincing argument to follow her advice in “I Brake For Yard Sales”. She views a yard full of stuff, vintage and otherwise, as an opportunity to create. Her imagination has allowed her to successfully transform piles of junk into interesting furnishings and art pieces.
You never know what someone else might be offering. Sellers will often share ideas or the history of items. Sometimes, it’s possible to locate a vintage piece that is just what you’ve been looking for. Check out “The Rummager’s Handbook” by R.S. McClurg for advice on repair and cleaning your new found treasures. Or maybe something strikes your creative side. “Salvage Style” is full of pictures with second hand purchases turned into useful, attractive items like a planter made from old shutters or an old curved window with a mirror added for a decorative piece. “Vintage Treasures” by Jane Cassini also performs magic with sale finds like antiques and vintage jewelry.
Of course, if you get the feeling that you should rent an empty K-Mart building for storage use, it may be time to consider hosting your own garage sale. Unloading a stash of stuff, which you no longer use, is a time consuming endeavor. Where do you start? “The Garage Sale Book; Turn Your Trash Into Cash” by Jeff Groberman will provide helpful tips, while “The Official Guide To Flea Market Prices” by Harry L. Rinker” and “Garage Sale and Flea Market Annual” can help price items fairly. After pricing, cleaning, and sorting, there are still emotional attachments which occasionally thwart the process. I’ve been known to have some pretty heated conversations with myself before reluctantly attaching a price tag to a favorite trinket and placing it in just the right spot in hopes someone will see its value the way I have.
Children frequently participate in garage sales by selling beverages and snacks. Some are encouraged to part with old toys that they no longer use. What a great way to begin learning about retail business and being a part of a family project! “Yard Sale” by James Stevenson and “Yard Sale” by Mitra Modarressi are fun books for young salespeople as they prepare for the big day.
By the end of a busy sale, when aching feet start begging for a break and heavy eyelids want to close, an inner voice might be firmly announcing, “Last time! This is the last time I’m doing this!” At some point, though, after all of your extras have gone to new homes or have been donated to thrift shops, you realize that your home is relaxing, refreshed and pleasantly uncluttered.
So what d’ya think? Same time next year?