Love! I love, love, love garage sales. I like that people sell their old shit from their garage giving it a new lease of life! Garage sales build community spirit. Why stop at garage sales? Let's have lemonade stands too! I love them. And is there anything cuter than a kid who sets up a toy sale stand out the front of the house to pay for guitar lessons? No. There is not. We need more community spirit in this country. I don't know why but us kiwis are a little reclusive at times. Which is funny considering the preconception that all kiwis are friendly and chatty and involved. A lot of us hide away in our homes and don't know our neighbours. We should. I should. Oh I know my neighbours, but they hate me, cus I am the grumpy lady with kids who likes it quiet in the day. I know! What a bitch!
I also love garage sales because they are fun. Think of the bargains! I imagine finding all kinds of treasure at garage sales. Not that I actually get to go to any. Ever. Sadly my husband/partner/lover-man does not like the idea of garage sales. Every time I see a sign from the car and point it out, he seems to subconsciously press his foot down heavily on the accelerator. Bastard.
Garage sales are good for the environment. If more people recycled their stuff by on-selling it in their garage, just think what could happen! It would eventually lead to reduced carbon emissions. Which is a good thing. So I am told. Yep, reduced carbon emissions are what will save the human race! That is if we survive the Zombies.
Haine - Mariana Collette
I've tried to like garage sales I really, really have. I have even pretended to like garage sales. I have gotten up at the crack of dawn every Saturday for a full month to rifle through other people's shit that they don't want. But, I can pretend no longer. I hate garage sales. Yes I do.
No, they are not fun. No, I don't enjoy them and who the fuck carries cash these days anyway? I can't barter. I'm terrible at it.
"Can I buy this chipped vase?"
"Yes that'll be ten dollars."
And then I walk away feeling ripped off. Do you know why I feel ripped off? Because people are greedy. They want ridiculous amounts of money for their junk.
Here's an idea, we should have a garage sale. Let's find everything ugly and crappy in our house and get other people to pay for it. Yay! Great idea. We should combine three family lots of crap we can't use and don't like and put it all in one of our garages very, very, very early on a day when people should be allowed to sleep in.
I never find anything good at garage sales ever. Some people do - I will give them that. But those people are born with a special gift. They are the same breed that can find good stuff at op shops. They have a special gene or something. They can walk into a room full of junk and pull out a diamond or a cool bag.
Here's some advice: Never, ever hold a garage sale with other people at YOUR house. Do you know why? Because, once the crazy hoarders have been and gone and pilfered everything salvageable from your piles of junk, the other people leave and you are left with even more crap than you started with.
It's not that I don't believe in sustainability. I do.
Do you know what my family does with stuff we don't want? We put it in a pile at the front of our house with a 'Free' sign next to it and if it doesn't get taken, we chuck it.
That is the best way to do it - no hassles.