Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to get out the sunglasses, don the sunscreen and pack up your tote bag for the day’s adventures. What? Oh, yes it IS summer time, as well. But I was talking about Garage Sale Season. The time of year when people wake up at the crack of dawn on their day off so they can beat everyone else to the unwanted discarded items found in structures that usually house vehicles. My sister and her friend are two of these such creatures. Early in the wee hours of a Saturday morning, they sneak out into the sparkling fresh day and drive the town, in search of goodies.
And they are always victorious, bringing home a cache of booty that somehow escaped the eye of other garage sale junkies. Like the Lord of the Rings goblets we got one year, or the kooky display case that probably was meant for collectible thimbles, but now holds tiny Heroclix.
There are a plethora of fabulous finds out there, little grasshopper, even if your taste doesn’t run the gamut of Comic Book Nerd/SciFi collector, like the garage sale junkies in my house.
If you feel like braving the crowds this summer, check out this website for helpful updates and information about some of the sales in your area. With maps, pop up directions and a column of sale descriptions, you will be well enough informed to plan your garage attack, and strategically navigate through the obstructive streets of residents who are enjoying their summer in a more mundane, less adventuresome way. Once you have your loot safely at home, look up Antiques Roadshow or check out books from the library to discover if your new find is a trinket or a treasure.
Be warned…most garage sales don’t actually offer the garage for sale. An oddity I consider false advertising.
-Denelle H., CADL Processing Clerk