We're so used to our little routine of going to a few Estate Sales and garage sales every Friday on our Date Day that it's hard to break the habit. There's always this anticipation that we will see some unique items, even if the price is not such that we would buy them. Well, yesterday was a DUD to add to several other DUDS we've had lately! In fact, it seems to hold true that from about mid December until warmer weather that there just aren't enough interesting sales to make the gas money worth it. We came home yesterday with two baby toys, and that's it!! Spent less than $2.00, had gasoline and eating out expenses, and basically have nothing to show for it. We left most of the places we visited laughing at the pitiful excuse for a sale they had going. Don't they realize that they are paying $32 to list their junk in the paper, and they don't have that much for sale?
Our first stop of the day was a small rural church that was selling out their thrift store. That sounded like it would have great possibilities, since they get the items as donations, so the prices are usually good. There were three people there "working", and we were their only customers at the time. Not one of them greeted us, or said a word to us. If we were looking for a church home, it wouldn't be there!
Of course, we still have fun, just being with each other. We bought an inexpensive GPS device for Christmas, and that's made getting lost finding some of these places a thing of the past. But when we get there, there's nothing to look at but a few pile of clothes and some old stuff that the Thrift Store can't even sell. Pitiful. And then, such as yesterday, there's the occasional place that advertises in the paper, and then is closed up tighter than a vault, with no sign saying sale postponed, or anything. Strange.
We stopped at a particularly odd Estate Sale last week. Not a single thing in the house had been priced, and only a few items were moved from their original location! They didn't even have kitchen items out on the counter. Everything was still in the cabinets and drawers, just as their relative left it. People were getting in line with arms full of stuff, waiting their turn to haggle over the price! It was creepy, inefficient, and we left without even trying to buy anything.
We'll be having an Estate/Yard Sale of our own this Spring, and I hope we will profit from the mistakes we see other people making! I sure don't want anyone telling everybody about that terrible sale they went to!!!!