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More Yard Sale Tales

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More Yard Sale Tales

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I have a few more tales from my yard sale adventures.

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Have you noticed that over the years, the prices people charge for their ‘stuff’ has really gone up?

Not every one does this, but still quite a few we go to, their items seem to be way over-priced.  That is for yard/garage sale prices.

When you go to a yard sale, you kind of expect to get a bargain, don’t you? I mean, the things offered are most always used, sometimes greatly used.

We don’t want to pay the original retail price for something that is fairly old, used, and probably out of date or style.

I don’t mind if something is old and used, and antiques are great, but for every day clothes or household items, I want a bargain. Otherwise, I’d just go buy it new at the store.

Years ago when we’d go out for a day of ‘sail-ing’/’sale-ing’, I’d only bring twenty dollars with me. That would be enough to last all day, and I’d get tons of things for my girls, and myself.

Now though, it’s like people think their stuff is ‘made of gold’ or something, with what prices they want for whatever. My mom used to say this – must be made of gold – even back then – haha!

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Here’s another tale, from when I was trying to sell some things.

This lady I kind of knew was having a yard sale. My daughter was friends with her daughter, and the lady asked if I wanted to come over and sell some things, too.

I said okay, and hauled quite a few things over to her house. There were several more ladies selling their things, also, so it made for a pretty large display. We were hoping for a lot of customers.

Well, there were a lot of customers, but they were buying everyone’s things except mine!

True, they had some nice furniture pieces to sell, along with regular household items, and they made in the hundreds of dollars from it all.

But, I had some nice things too, just not furniture. No one bought my stuff! Actually, I think one person did.

I sat out there in the hot sun all day long, with these people I didn’t really know, and you know what? I made a whole one dollar for my trouble.

~ p. s. = This sale lasted all day, and no one offered any kind of cool drinks or refreshments, or lunch while we were all there. So…I sneaked into the house and got a piece of cheese out of their refrigerator to eat. I was starving!

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Anyway, that’s just a couple of my yard sale tales. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

Sunday Trees – Yard Sale Trees

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Sunday Trees – Yard Sale Trees

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We were out going to yard sales on Friday, and here are some trees I saw.

The first was kind of unique…tall fake palm trees. They were made onto a tall pole, and covered with a felt like material for the tree trunk and the palm leaves of green and tan. I think the lady sold them while we were there, as I heard her say she’d put a sold sign on them.

The other tree was in the yard of one of the houses. It’s a pretty green with thin leaves, and little pink flowers all around. It was in their front yard by the brick archway.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Yard Sale Tale – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter Y

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Yard Sale Tale – a to Z Blog challenge 2019 – Letter Y

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Buy us something good.”

As promised, here’s a funny yard sale tale.

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Bookshelf fiasco – This yard sale was a couple of blocks from our house. I’d been to a lot of sales that Saturday morning, and this was the last one before heading home. We had an old Chevy van, and there was quite a lot of items in there that I’d bought. Some of those were potted plants…a lot of these, and I needed to get them home before they wilted in the heat of the day & being in the van for so long.

Well this sale…I spied a cool bookshelf for sale in these people’s yard. I was in a hurry to get out and buy it. I went up to the lady holding the sale, asked her how much ($15.00), gave her the money, and proceeded to get the bookshelf. However, some other customer was standing there dismantling the bookshelf, and about to haul it off to her car. I said, hey…that’s mine…I just paid for it. Well, she argued with me, but finally gave up. I mean, I had already bought it.

So, I get it in the van, and what do you know…it wouldn’t start. I tried starting it over and over, and it just wouldn’t. So I walked home and told the mister he’d have to go fix the van, and where it was. Well, he did, but it didn’t really need fixing. That’s because I’d been in such a hurry to get out, I’d just turned the engine off, and didn’t even put it in park. It wouldn’t start because of that. Yeah. He drove it home, and I was able to unload the plants, bookshelf, and other things. You know, we had that shelf for many years after that. It was worth all the trouble in the end. 🙂

Well, now I see how long this yard sale tale is, I think I’ll end it here. I do have some more stories, though, so plan on sharing them in separate posts soon.

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photo of books on a bookshelf found on pixabay

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

 

 

Garage Sales – A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter G

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Garage Sales – A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter G #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter G

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Let’s go sale-ing!”

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Do you like going to garage and yard sales? I have so much fun on the weekends doing just that. You can find almost anything at one of these sales. If you are looking for something specific, chances are, someone will have it. Of course, while you are there, many more items will catch your eye. There is always a surprise waiting to be found.

On just about any Friday and Saturday, there will be ads in the newspapers, on bulletin boards, telephone poles, and Craig’s List. Get out your pen and paper, because you’ll need to write down the addresses or circle the ad of the ones you want to go to. It’s best to do this early. Try to group locations that are close together, as you write them down. This saves time, as you won’t have to backtrack into neighborhoods.

There is no need to get dressed up for this activity. Wear something comfortable. Bring a snack and something to drink with you, too. Don’t forget to bring cash…small bills and change are best. Now you are ready to go find some treasures.

If you are wanting to host a garage or yard sale yourself, that can be fun, and you can earn some money. It is a lot of work, but worth it at the end of the day. If possible, start gathering up items you want to sell, a few months before the date. This gives you time to spruce up those items that may need washing, check for any problems with electrical appliances, to make sure they work, and to put price tags on things. Honestly, if there is no label stating the price you are asking, you will lose sales. Lots of people won’t bother to ask you, they will just pass it up. That is a sale lost.

Try to group like items together, and please make use of tables for displaying. Have a money box with some cash already inside, for making change. Advertise your sale, and on the day of the sale, put up posters and signs with the address printed large on them, close to your neighborhood. (don’t forget to take them down when the sale is over).

A few tips….please do not advertise that your sale is huge, multi-family, or a block sale, unless it really is. A small table of items and a few clothes hung from a tree, is not huge. People will drive right by this kind of sale. Another tip would be to take things out of boxes. Not everyone wants to dig through them. Also, a table piled high with clothes, is a turn-off. People want to come and go quickly…no one has time to sort through a jumbled up mess.

Try to make your sale look inviting to those who drive by. A few balloons taped to a mailbox, some colorful streamers, music playing, all serve to attract attention to the prospective customer. At the end of the day, you will be tired, but it will have been worth your hard work, when you count all the money you’ve made.

Have fun going to garage and yard sales. The treasures are out there…go find them!

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Here’s a funny song about garage sales, and the Wiki article about the Shook Twins… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shook_Twins

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I’m thinking for my letter Y post, I’ll write about Yard Sales, and several funny incidents I’ve had over the years. Stay tuned! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Open Topic

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

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Just a few of the many crosses I collect. I find them at yard sales, and hang them on the wall in front of my computer. I like how many different designs there are.

   

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© 2018 BS

FRIENDLY FILL-INS

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FRIENDLY FILL-INS

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Here are the fill-ins:

1. My favorite cereal is _____________________________.

I like a lot of cereals, but mostly Crispix and Rice Chex. That’s what I usually buy for myself. That is for the cold type cereal. For hot cereal, I really like grits, and oatmeal. You know on the cereal boxes they have some sort of extra thing, like enter to win some contest? Well, I never entered one, but I did happen to get a box of Crispix, and inside was a notice that I’d won! It was a special promotion I guess. Anyway, what I won was a Microsoft Surface iPad. How cool is that? 🙂

2. My prom ___________________________________________.

I only went to my Jr. prom. I was on the planning/decorating committee, so we got to say how it would all look, plus decorating the place where it was held. I think it was at the American Legion Hall here in town. The theme was La’mour est Bleu, and it turned out really good. I didn’t like my prom photo though. I didn’t go to the Sr. prom. Some silly rule about no one could come unless they were enrolled in our school. My boyfriend/now husband wasn’t in school anymore, so we didn’t get to go. Bah!

Here’s some photos and the theme song for our prom.

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3. The _________ thing about __________ is ___________.

The ‘best’ thing about ‘yard sales/flea markets’ is ‘never knowing what you will find, and then coming across something that is the best thing ever! haha. I love finding those treasures (to me). One of the best finds I found were these really old, dare I say vintage, scrapbooks. There were 12 of them, they were huge, and they were stuffed full of cards, letters, & photos. And…each only cost one dollar! We crammed them all into a little car, and took up all the room, but we kept going to the sales. 🙂

 

4. I cannot help _____________, but __________________.

I cannot help ‘myself’, but ‘I have to look up at the stars every night’. Ever since I was little I’ve done this, dreaming of other worlds, aliens, UFOs. There is something about the night sky that just draws me to it. My family jokes that maybe I am an alien, and someday my ‘real’ family will come back for me! haha

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© 2017 BS

CEE’S SHARE YOUR WORLD – 3/13/17

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CEE’S SHARE YOUR WORLD – 3/13/17

Share Your World – March 13, 2017

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Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

Most times I don’t push the elevator button more than once. I don’t like elevator buttons, and don’t want to touch them. I feel that there are too many germs on it from who knows how many grubby fingers pushing that button. You know little kids love to push those buttons, and sick people, and … well, does anyone ever clean those things? If I have to push the button, I usually do it with my hand up in my sleeve, or maybe my elbow. Same goes for door handles in public places…ugh!

Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)

I’m not much of a planner. I just go with the flow, and let those I’m with say where we’re going or what we’re doing. I’m fine with anything.

Describe yourself in at least four uplifting words.

Strange/weird (in a fun and good way?) … easy going … artistic/creative … happy-go-lucky …

If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert? 

I liked the beaches when I visited them, but haven’t been there but a couple of times. I like the woods and mountains better. And, I love the desert!

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week was fun, because my daughter and I went to some yard sales/flea market kind of things. This week nothing is planned (see above question) so I’ll just have to see what happens day to day. 🙂 Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2017 BS

WRITING 101 … REINVENT THE LETTER FORMAT

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Today we were asked to write a letter. It could be to someone, something, humorous, satirical, or even a letter to ourselves…any way we wanted to do one. I’ve written quite a few already on here under the category Loco Letters, if you’d like to read more.

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LITTLE PINK

Dear Little Pink Baby Bonnet,

I’ve known you for awhile now. When I saw you, I knew I would treasure you, and keep you safe. You are so cute. I wish I knew your true life story, but I try to imagine what experiences you have had on the long road of the past, to have brought you to me.

You were a surprise to me, Little Pink. I had no idea you were hiding out in that old candy box. When I bought the box, at a yard sale, I knew there were old letters and trinkets in there…all of them antiques. Then, when I pushed back a small piece of yellowed tissue paper, I saw you. You had nestled there for many years, I’m sure, just waiting to be discovered.

Such a delicate little thing you are, all pink and lacy. There was a note wrapped up in the tissue paper along with you. It reads: “Little Cap – 1842 – Grandma’s brother Jimmie – the oldest of the family”

I’m thinking you were baby Jimmie’s little cap Did he like wearing you? He must have been born in the summertime, because you, Little Pink, are most likely a summery bonnet. Jimmie probably didn’t wear you very many times, as babies grow fast. Were you ever passed down to other babies in the family? I know you were loved very much, to have been kept for so very long.

I wonder what happened to your first family? Each one grew old, and passed away, while you lived on. Now, they are all gone, and you were set free to find another loving home and family.

My little ones are all grown up now, so you never got a chance to adorn their tiny heads, but I will keep you safe, until the day comes I’m no longer here. Then you’ll be set free again.

My wish for you, Little Pink ~ May you have another 163 years, to continue on in your travels, collecting more stories that should be told to future generations, and that you always be treasured.

With love,

Barbara

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TRUE TALE of TELEPORTATION

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TRUE TALE OF TELEPORTATION

As promised, here is another of my true tales of teleportation. At least, that is what I call these incidents.

Have you ever been at a certain place, and then suddenly, without knowing how, you are at another place? This happened to me and my daughter, one summer day, not long ago.

We’d been out and about town, going to yard sales, on a Saturday morning. We’ve done this off and on for years, and we know the streets and areas pretty well. Once in awhile, we drive around an unfamiliar neighborhood, trying to find the advertised address, without too much trouble.

This morning was about the same, and we did find the yard sale. It was in a little housing area just to the south of the city. To get there was no problem…just one turn from the main road, then into the residential streets. We did our shopping, then got back in the car to go find more sales.

We pulled back onto the main road we’d come in on; that much I know. It should have been the one turn, back the way we’d come. I know we turned in the right direction…north. However, nothing looked the same at all, now. The housing area where we’d just been, was not there anymore. It should have been off to our right, but there was no sign of it at all. We didn’t see any of the landmarks we’d noticed on the way there, and even the dip in the road and the stop sign, we’d taken note of earlier, was not there, now.

We kept driving straight, along this road, hoping to see something we recognized. The whole time, we kept remarking about how weird this was. We couldn’t figure it out. We felt really lost…in our own town, and were getting nervous about it.

Finally, finally we saw a street sign that told us where we were. But, it seemed impossible that we were at this place and on this street, now. We’d only made the one turn, back toward town. Now we were miles away from where we’d been, and in a completely different area and on this different street. We’d have had to make even more turns to get on this one.

We were relieved to know where we were, now, but still had no explanation of how it happened…except that maybe, just maybe, we’d been through a time/place/space warp…or something!

There could have been a portal that swallowed us up, moving us to the other place. We didn’t feel anything, we didn’t see anything…we just found ourselves in a completely different place in that split second.

I don’t have any idea why, or how this happened, but since it did, and we were eventually able to find our way back, it seems pretty amazing. I wouldn’t mind doing it again, but would like a warning that it was going to happen, first!

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