Yard Sale Documentation Project 8-18-12

http://www.tarotworks.comAnother outing has been challenged by the weather!

Rain was coming down pretty good at 7:15am — no problem rolling back into bed. Same story at 8:15, but thanks to weather.com I could see it was all going to clear out in about an hour. It was nearly 10am — almost the wrap-up hour by usual standards — by the time I hit the road.

Between the early morning rain and the crazies who did go saleing in the pouring rain, the pickins were slim despite the fact that skies were clearing and there were quite a few sales still going on.

However, something noteworthy did occur, something that was bound to happen sooner or later.

Essentially, although I had the list of sales posted in the newspaper, I was undirected in my search today, just traveling to and fro following the signs. You can do this by mid-season: bypassing Friday night’s homework of mapping out a route based on the advertised sales, and just bumble along the streets of your town whilst keeping an eye out for any bright piece of cardboard alongside the road that might point you to the item that will secure your financial future, moving your bumper car around the road in ways that are jerky in more ways than one. (This is a carnival attraction, right?)

It was in the following of a sign that the inevitable happened. Quick turn to the left– and just as quickly on the right there were balloons on a front stoop, lots of cars parked in front, an open door, and people coming in and out of the house with things in hand.

Oooh, a moving sale, cool! Love it when they let you wander through the house looking at things in situ. Hurriedly I park the car, walk up the stoop to the open door, excitedly peering inside to see what treasures might be lurking within. Two steps into the house … yeah, it’s a kid’s birthday party.

One must be an intrepid warrior while on the yard saler path.

AND, one must know when it’s time to clear out one’s own house. Next week, weather permitting, Kate and I are hosting a sale of our own. You can’t keep bringing all this stuff into your home without needing a release on the other end of the pipeline.

So stay tuned for a blow-by-blow account of the back side of the Yard Sale Documentation Project. Some happy shoppers will be going home with treasures of their own that day, and the cycle of life in yard sale world continues.



  1. Josephine Mori said,

    August 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    I want to write like you when I grow up.


  2. August 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    SO NICE, thanks!

  3. Mike said,

    August 19, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    And when do you know for sure you are “grown up”?

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