In spite of the recent rain and temperatures, yard sales flourish. “One man’s trash is another one’s treasure,” is a prime definition of the yard sales held each spring. On any given weekend from about May to August, signs will appear all over town for yard sales or garage sales.
These sales offer people a prerogative to make a little extra cash as well as clean out their garages or attics. For people on a fixed income, yard sales offer an opportunity for added cash flow. If you are looking for a hard-to-find item, when you spot a yard sale sign, pull over, you just might find it at a bargain price.
My sister-in-law always brags about the great savings she finds at area sales, so I spent last Saturday going from garage sale to yard sales.
From that, I decided on two important factors of yard/garage sales: one is to wear comfortable shoes and two is to be prepared to see people’s useless items. A yard sale could be defined: I purchase things they no longer want, go home, and put them in my garage with things I thought I needed.
She tells me, “You will always find a little something.” She mentions that more than one housing addition has community yard sales. You simply park your car at one end of the development and only return when your packages wear you down.
Don’t be surprised to see crafts, lamps, tools, boats, lawnmowers, even refrigerators in the yard. Bicycles, microwaves, high chairs, pots and pans, a fireplace, even a Christmas tree, all going for a cheap price in the front yard.
With the wide variety of clothes, toys, furniture and dishes offered for sale, you might stumble upon just the thing you’ve been looking for.
Sometimes you find something you didn’t even know you wanted until you spotted it in a front yard of a house with a sign “Yard Sale.”
I found a bowling pin for less than a dollar that my nephew can use as a doorstop in his room. After a year he will tire of it and then it will be time to have a garage sale of my own and recover my money. Who wants to buy a bowling pin next spring?
Nancee Harrison is a past columnist for the Greene County Daily World. Visit www.blondeladywithdarkroots.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or send comments to Nancee, Daily World, box 129 Linton IN 47441.