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The Oh- SO benevolent garage sale…

Garage Sales. Yes, they are fabulous. It is part of the reason why we are able to eat as well as we do–because of what I am not spending on retail purchases. I guess you could call me a garage sale connoisseur. So, I have my opinions on these things.

Most people have garage sales to 1) get rid of things they don’t need and 2) make money. These really are the best kind of garage sales. But there are a few people who have the oh-so-benevolent attitude.. “I’m giving away all of this great stuff for the poor people of Rockford because they are not as privileged as I am.”…or as dumb.. I might add.

Sure, you spent top dollar (probably on credit) to buy something you thought you needed. Now it is cluttering up your house and you would rather sit in your garage all day and make a few nickels and dimes and sell it rather than have it sit there as a constant reminder of what an impulsive shopper you are. Really! This is not benevolence. You are not the privileged one here.

Meanwhile, I come in and buy: a perfectly good blender for $2.00 (rather than go out and buy one retail). Yes, I had to wait a weeks to find the right one, but the Lord provided. And then I bought a perfectly good toaster for $.75. (under $1.00).

The shoppers of garage sales are always the winners, not the sellers. But people keep selling, and I’m so glad they do. You couldn’t pay me $30.00/hr to sit in my garage all day watching people pick through my “junk”!! In the meantime, I come in and buy your stuff for almost nothing. I figure I average making $100.00/ hr while garage sale-ing. Here’s my logic. All that I do not spend on retail purchases, specifically on things we need are where the real money is made. I do not even turn around and try to resell things.

Here’s everything I bought this weekend at garage sales:

child’s sleeping bag $4.00

toys/ carebears $3.00 shoes (free)

cedar chest: $15.00

paper cutter: $2.00

fiesta dishes (complete set) $10.00

several tops/ clothing $7.00

blender: $2.00

toaster: $.75

sewing machine (Janome/ NewHome) $20.00 (hoping to use it for my mission project)

fabric: free

shadow box shelf: $2.00

music stand $1.00 (needed)

stitchery book: $1.00

Can’t remember what else! But these were the major items. I could have easily spent all of that and more on just a new blender.

Yes, everyone loves a bargain, but what about the overpriced garage sales? I hit a few of those also. Some people are just ignorant about pricing because they never go to garage sales themselves. Today I saw a toy set with a plastic pig and a plastic farmer encased in plastic [made in China type of stuff] and they wanted $2.00! You’ve got to be kidding!! So, I just told them.

“Uh.. I don’t mean to be rude.. but…. this is way overpriced..”

You should have seen the look they gave me. They said nothing, but if they had said something, it would have been, “Are you quality control or something?!!”

Yes, I hereby proclaim myself as the garage sale quality control officer for the greater Rockford area. There. I think I’ll wear a very official looking badge next time I go out. What do you think?


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