I LOVE garage sales. You get to glimpse the lives of others while finding awesome deals on things you won't necessarily find in stores. It's an environmentally-friendly way to furnish your house, and it's easy on the wallet.
This weekend, my neighbor down the street opened up and emptied out her garage, house and basement. Her late husband was a collector and a garage-sale junkie himself. Among the fantastic collection of life: several old vaccum-tube radios, antique skiis and sleds, an old wall clock, an old metal Coca-cola cooler, old cameras, tons of children's books (the owner was a former elementary school teacher) and the crown jewel: a rusted-out two-seater roadster, which she and her husband used to drive around in in the seventies, before her kids were born.
There were so many memories and stories splayed out over the ground. I saw tons of tankard mugs with commemorative plaques attached to them; trophies for little achievements; a box of sports memorabilia her now grown son must have left behind...it was a little saddening to see how so much stuff had been accumulated over a lifetime, only to be practically given away.
Indeed, a wistfulness hung in the chill autumn air. The owner continually corrected herself when talking about her husband in the present tense. She was sad, she said, about giving up so many of these old memories. Better though that all this junk that would otherwise still be buried in the garage be out there making someone else happy.
We picked up a turning spice rack for $1 (our asking price of $5 was dismissed).
So, what's the best deal or story you ever got from a garage sale?
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