Yard Sale Documentation Project 5-5-12

Well folks, although it’s early in the season, we may have a winner in the Worst Excuse For a Yard Sale category (refer to the April 21st post if you wish). This one’s going to be tough to beat.

Advertised in the local paper as “The best moving sale EVER” and held in a tres-chic neighborhood, hopes were riding high that our dry spell had reached its bitter end.

As we headed up the winding wooded ocean side road flanked on either side by well-groomed homes, we stopped at a modest house that obviously was riding the coat tails of “the best moving sale EVER” further up the street. The initial hopeful glance from the car was deceiving since all that was for sale here were a few faded outdoor playthings for kids, two cane chairs with busted seats, and some cardboard boxed in the garage for rummaging.

Oh the dismay and indignation when, only upon reaching the far end of the street and then winding back down the hill, did we realize that this mess was the “best moving sale EVER.” If I’d been aware at the time and not still sitting in my denial about what was waiting for us up the street, I would have taken a photo so that you could share the incredulity, the blatant nature of this cruel and boldface lie, the insulting impertinence to the fact that we got out of bed for this.

Was there a Candid Camera crew lurking in the bushes? Was John Quinones and the ABC truck somewhere nearby?

If this is the Universe’s form of some sort of aversion therapy, it’s not working. It’s only making me more determined to bend this season to its knees by the time November comes.



  1. Josephine Mori said,

    May 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Oh ye gods. I just love these bulletins. Keep ’em comin’.

  2. July 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    […] I like this simple sign below: it’s got an arrow to tell you where to drive, it’s displayed at eye level, and offers no pretense or delusion about where you’re headed. I’d rather see this than “Best Sale Ever” only to find a sorry mess like we did at what is still the prime contender for “Worst Excuse for a Yard Sale.” […]

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