Yard Sale Documentation Project 6-23-12

This Saturday’s tour rates an “8.” Not because we scored any mind-blowing bargains but for the sheer amount of stuff that was out there at very reasonable prices. It was a good day to exercise that “don’t buy it unless you really need it” muscle.

Kate actually made the best deal of the day with this doll-sized high chair. Made of oak, sturdy and about 36″ tall, that and the green damask tablecloth were $10.

The eyeball-scorching pink thing is a child-sized memory foam-like booster seat (they apparently cost about $25 when new), and the stuff in the plastic bag is the Cookie Jar Bakery’s legendary oatmeal bread.  That brought Kate’s total expenditure for the day to $14.50.

I saw a lot of people I knew out there today. Jack (see linked blog from April 14th) was out and about; we ran into him at just about every sale we attend, most times seen flirting with some woman. We found ourselves poking through the belongings of a fellow-metaphysician, an astrologer and local radio personality. We also accidentally attended the sale of one of my very first Tarot clients.

This person lives on Victory Avenue, a name about which we chatted as we drove away from the sale. Kate thought it was a particularly nice name for a street, “Better than Downtrodden Lane,” she quipped without missing a beat.

The girl kills me.

People were doing some serious clearing out this weekend. If I’d been furnishing a new apartment or small house I would have been a happy saler today. Kate’s friend Whitney would have needed return trips to the ATM for more cash on a day like today.

Here’s my modest collection of things from the outing: you’ve gotta have architectural details if you can afford them, these two pilasters will probably end up in as garden ornamentation; a second attempt at the “floor protector for the office” dilemma, I’ve got a good feeling about this soft rubbery option which doesn’t have those evil pokey spikes that ruin your floors more than the chair itself would have; a lined basket for holding scarves in my well-organized closet; a bag of votive candles (can you ever really have enough of these?) and the pair of earrings which get special mention below.

My total for the day:  $12.

About those earrings: We had parked the car close to a young girl selling her wares: handmade earrings. Perched at the edge of her driveway, across the street from the neighbor who apparently had encouraged her to set up shop during her yard sale, the girl had about 30 pairs displayed on her table, each pair uniquely crafted and packaged in its own individual packet.

 At first glance it looked like the usual yard sale-related lemonade stand with its dicey offerings (see link), but there was something interesting about this girl.

Probably around 11 years old, she was sitting at her table so quietly and composed, no brothers or sisters or parents in sight, no ipod, no cell phone for texting, no book being read … just sitting there with her card table of stuff.

It wasn’t until I got home and really looked at the label on the packet that I became really impressed. A company name, a custom logo, her name right there taking ownership personally and responsibly… this girl had it together.

What a great example of the ability to manifest an idea, of putting in the time and effort to reach customers, of being proud of what you create, and putting a face to the product. Wow. I’ll be inspired by that girl’s spirit every time I wear these little beauties.

By now it must be abundantly clear — the day is about yard sale-ing and a whole lot more.



  1. latest said,

    June 23, 2012 at 5:53 PM

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  2. June 23, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Nice scores ladies, wish I had been along : )

    • June 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      The table is right next to my couch. Now I need another for the other end. Hmmm,,,,I may need to come to Portland again,,darn.

  3. June 23, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Hey Peaceful Woman— was thinking of you today, we had fun! As usual, Vera made out!
    Has your table from last w/e found a place in your home?

  4. Josephine Mori said,

    June 24, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Another lovely glimpse of the State o’ Maine state o’ mind. If the little girl selling her handcrafted earrings was in Southern California and wasn’t displaying a vendors license she’s be arrested.

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