Beanery Online Literary Magazine

May 27, 2008

YARD SALES UNSETTLE ME

—written by Norma Leary

Yard sales unsettle me. An overabundance of wares, many unopened with the original price showing, screams of the vender’s unwise spending since the stuff wasn’t used.

Along with the sellers trying to get nickels for what should be given away to the needy, are the buyers bragging about how they fleeced a seller?

“I got these baseball cards for $2.00 and know darned well they’re worth $150.00,” giggles the jubilant collector.

The buyer should be ashamed not to have offered the uniformed seller more. Okay, so the seller should get informed ahead of time. That’s tough if you’re old, tired, and haven’t a clue of how to research 500 items. I mean, let’s face it, there are bargains to be had and then there’s outright theft.

There’s the awful of yard sales, like estate auctions, of strangers racking through personal possessions. It’s a gross and unnecessary invasion of privacy not unlike airing your dirty laundry in public and coming under the scrutiny of nibby neighbors. Plot the stuff into cartons and get it to the organizations serving the needy. Saves the yard, pricing the things, standing guard all day, finding sacks and tables, haggling with tight wads, covering things if it rains, and picking up twenty-five pieces that the wind blew into the next county.

In many ways Norma and I became friends because we walk to a beat of a different drummer. When I moved to Jamestown, PA, she encouraged me to replace her freelancing for the Greenville Record Argus newspaper, which I did for the five years I lived in the community. She rejoiced when I expanded my writing to the Meadville Tribune, in Meadville (same state).

Norma Leary’s article above reminded me of the yard sale I explored in Connellsville, PA. I found a neat bank—three brass tubes each holding a specific coin, dimes, nickels, quarters. I picked up, considering the fifty-cent price tag reasonable. As I examined it, I noticed it was partially filled with coins—$4.50, a gain to the purchaser of $4.00. I felt that if I purchased the bank and made that gain, it would be theft, since I was certain the seller didn’t mean to give away the four dollars. I went to the payment table and showed them the bank and its contents. The net result was my receiving a gift of the bank, which sits in my living room reminding me that honest is the basis of integrity—an attribute which I value highly.

I appreciate Norma letting me post excerpts from her book, For God’s Sake, in the Beanery Online Literary Magazine. To find information on purchasing her book, click on NORMA LEARY: FOR GOD’S SAKE.

To read her other posts, click on COPYRIGHTS GET NO RESPECT! and

WHY NOT EQUITABLE “HORROR” ADS?

For additional reading click on:

TRASH OR TREASURE: COMMUNITY TRASH PICKUP DAY

 

BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-3 May 21, 2008

FLASHY MOON EXPLOSIONS

BUSY—I’M SO BUSY!!! Lent Devotion #28

CHURCH SUED FOR FUNERAL DEMONSTRATIONS

SHANKSVILLE (Pa.) 2006 (WBC DEMONSTRATION)

OPEN YOUR EYES

JOCHEBED & LUCY: STORIES OF ADOPTION AND MOTHER’S LOVE

ABRAHAM, SARAH, HAGAR and sons ISHMAEL and ISAAC

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2 Comments »

  1. Hi Norma,

    I’m a freelance writer from Jamestown. Diane Snodgrass suggested I interview you. I’d like to learn more about Jamestown’s history, especially its link on the Underground Railroad.

    If you’d like to talk, please email me.

    Comment by Christy Lindsay — June 18, 2008 @ 3:31 am | Reply

  2. For yard sale seekers, who know that yard sales can be a treasure trove…find sales in your area by visiting http://www.YardSaleTreasureMap.com and enter your starting address, the maximum number of miles you will travel and the date of your visiting the yard sales. Click on “Search” and you will have a Google map of sales that are posted on Craigslist. Click ont he red balloon for the specific location and time of the yard sale, and details fo what is for sale.

    Carolyn

    Comment by Carolyn C. Holland — January 29, 2010 @ 5:43 pm | Reply


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