I wish I could show you all the lovely treasures that I found at a sale Friday that promised 65 years of accumulation. But all I have to show for my time and frustration is this ticket and the story I am about to tell you.
I arrived at the sale, which was to begin at 9 a.m. and requested “no early birds,” about 8:30. It was rainy and cold and that probably kept the crowd to the usual suspects, including the lady with the packrat car, the woman with the orange plastic basket and the vintage clothing guy.
At about 8:45, we lined up at the side door, waiting to get in. Ten minutes later, the door opened and No. 1, the lady with the packrat car, went in.
And then the door closed. And that was when we realized that this was going to be the Take Your Turn Sale, which meant we were to enter one at a time. Now I've witnessed a lot of strange things at estate sales, but never anything as stupid as this.
Of course this strange arrangement didn’t go over very well with a bunch of grizzled estate sale veterans. Still, we waited, hoping that there would be plenty of treasures from the estate of a nearly 100-year-old woman to go around.
Ten minutes later, No. 1 emerged with two small bags of items. And so, No. 2, the woman with the orange plastic basket, was let in.
By now our grumbling was more vocal. A few numbers ahead of me left in disgust.
Five minutes later, No. 2 came out of the house with one small bag. She turned and yelled to those huddled outside the door: "Don't waste your time. There's nothing in there." (Well, maybe now. But 25 minutes ago there were at least three bags of something worth buying, right?)
By then, the folks running the sale realized that their crowd was dwindling, so they let the rest of us in all at once. And you know what? The lady with the orange basket was right. Inside there was nothing more than resin figurines, polyester pantsuits and a lot of kitchen crap. In other words, the bad old lady stuff.
Which brings me to a much happier topic: the winner of my Town Cleanup giveaway. Thank you to all who entered. The winner is Beth.