View Full Version : Yard sales make me feel ghoulish

10-09-2011, 08:05 AM
Yard sales can sometimes be a sad sign of the times: homes foreclosed on, people moving away or to live with other family members. I stopped by one yesterday and got a complete set of Nautical Quarterly and Dashew's Encyclopedia of Offshore Cruising, all for $5. The seller was more distressed about my offer of a half-dollar for a pair of ski goggles:

"I paid something like sixty for them!"

"But I only need them for snowblowing during storms. I don't ski." (All true.)

"Okay. In that case, you can take 'em for that."

10-09-2011, 08:25 AM
I'm reminded of the farm auction scene from "The River"...

10-09-2011, 09:50 AM
real estate transactions often occur at major life transitions. That's why freecycle is better than yard sales. No one is trying to recoup anything.

David W Pratt
10-09-2011, 10:57 AM
Our son, then in high school, got a shirt from Goodwill that said "Westchester Senior Golfers Association". I asked him "you realize the previous owner of that shirt is probably dead?"

10-09-2011, 01:04 PM
GOLF: Go Out, Leave Family

john l
10-09-2011, 02:21 PM
GOLF: Go Out, Leave Family

I heard that the origins of name - "golf" was derived from the Scottish clubs where the game was originally played
and means "gentlemen only, ladies forbidden".

S.V. Airlie
10-09-2011, 02:37 PM
There is always the possibility Dave as you said to a down side. What amazed me is that I threw out a lot of "junk" in the trash, and I had more people ask me wether they could pick through it. Now that is really a down side..

10-09-2011, 03:10 PM
The town dump here had a 'pick pile' for stuff that people were ridding themselves of. So much of it ended up advertised on eBay that it paid the town to open a small shop to resell the stuff.

10-09-2011, 03:31 PM
"Junk" is a relative term, i saw a documentary about life in an Indian slum where everything, right down to separating plastic labels from different plastic bottles and food waste for a digester for power generation had a value. My own best finds include a Mirror dinghy and rig and a quantity of Black Walnut and Mahogany.
Bought my violin at a yard sale too. Often it's just an opportunity when people move or the kids finally grow up to divest yourself of clutter. I see many new houses with a double garage so full of 'stuff' that there is no room for cars, let alone a workbench.

S.V. Airlie
10-09-2011, 03:34 PM
You are correct.I guess when I was saying "junk", I meant old carpets with the back side turning into dust etc.Anything I can save is not "junk" to me.:)

Peter Malcolm Jardine
10-09-2011, 05:49 PM
Reminded me of this song...

The Farm Auction
by: Enoch Kent

A rusting tractor on the hill
The fence post with the printed bill
That said the sale was on until
Everything was gone

The auctioneer comes here today
Privacy upon display
The highest bidder takes away
But they can't take it all

The letter came on a Wednesday
The bank said that we'd have to pay
Or else they'd take the farm away
And they said they'd take it all


There's bone and silver napkin rings
Elastic bands 'round spoons and things
Tiny fingers held the strings
Of that fiddle in the case

And there's coffee pots we never used
Silver frames a little bruised
Around the portraits that amused us
In the parlour and the hall


Like fireglow and favorite songs
And laughter, they're the things among
The memories that still belong
Within those empty rooms

O remember when the lights were low
Pies, balloons and mistletoe
Morning sunlight on the snow
Who will buy a broken sleigh?


There's a jar of nails and a box of tacks
The dining chairs with the wicker backs
They're in the garden piled and stacked
And being spotted by the rain

The auctioneer comes here today
Cars line the sidewalk black and grey
Children watch the odd display
While their mothers touch the lots

That are numbered now with coloured tags
Books and clothing sold in bags
Bout for learning, bought for rags
Everything must go