Friday, May 30, 2008
RevGals Friday Five
Friday, May 30, 2008
Friday Five: Garage Sale!
Welcome to your irregularly scheduled Fifth Friday Five, hosted by will smama and Songbird!
Since will smama is preparing for a joint garage sale with her parents, and Songbird's church had a Yard and Plant Sale last Saturday, we have five enormously important questions we hope you will answer:
1) Are you a garage saler?
At this point in my life, no. No more room for stuff. But when I was in college and law school, yes. Some of our furniture came from them.
2) If so, are you an immediate buyer or a risk taker who comes back later when prices are lower?
I used to be a risk taker when I was shopping unless it was absolutely to die for.
3) Seriously, if you're not a garage saler, you are probably not going to want to play this one.
(That wasn't really #3.)
3) This is the real #3: What's the best treasure you've found at a yard or garage sale?
Twenty years ago.. There was a beautiful 1920's walnut bedrooom set. But it was expensive. I commented out loud that it sure was nice, and the elderly lady said, there was an identical set in the basement, but it was covered with spider webs, etc. If I was willing to haul it out, I could have the bed, vanity, dresser and night stand for $100. I did and spent the summer refinishing it. The bed is is our guest room. The dresser eventually bit the dust, but the vanity ( minus the mirror) and bench are where my computer is located now.
4)If you've done one yourself, at church or at home, was it worth the effort? Can't say that I think the church sales our youth group ran were worth it, so we stopped. In large part because people who "donated" unloaded some scary things. And everyone want everything for under a dollar. The scariest "donation" was a blue peekaboo negligee with cutouts in the important parts. As we were sorting,I found it,before any of the youth saw it, and disposed of it. Used, and inappropriate. But I wish I knew who donated it.
5) Can you bring yourself to haggle?
BONUS: For the true aficionado: Please discuss the impact of Ebay, Craig's List, Freecycle, etc... on the church or home yard/garage sale.
Not sure I can speak to this, other than to say that the idea of finding just what you wanted rather than being in a sea of stuff has some appeal, but the idea that you buy something and it never shows up is out there. But right now I am looking for a French Horn. Pretty sure I will not find it at a yard sale.