What’s sadder than a sad, big-eyed Paint By Number kid?
How about two sad, big-eyed Paint by Number kids?
And what’s sadder than two sad, big-eyed Paint by Number kids?
Well, it’s me. (Sorry no picture.) Nearly 30 days into 2015 and I have yet to hit an estate sale worth writing about. I have been to two sales so far and both were duds, forcing me to turn to a cold and dirty warehouse sale, where I found these two sad kids.
But there is something else that makes me even sadder, and it’s this: My beloved Town Cleanup isn’t a spring cleanup anymore. It’s a fall cleanup and it won’t happen until after Labor Day.
The reason for the change? Actually, there were several. The Town Highway Department, which picks up all the stuff, also repairs roads and gathers yard waste in the spring. Someone in the highway department decided that the cleanup would be better in the fall.
Of course nobody asked me what I thought. If they had, I would have told them that spring cleanup was my reward for getting through another Upstate New York winter. Seeing those piles of stuff signaled that winter was finally over and that warmer days were just ahead. It was also a great opportunity to pick up bigger, bulkier items, knowing that I had the entire summer to sell them. And most importantly, it was a whole lot of fun.
Moving the cleanup to fall won't stop me from picking. But I’m uncertain about how a three- or four-month delay will change what I might find. Who knows how much stuff that might have gone straight to the curb in April will end up at garage sales in the summer? And just how will a fall cleanup fit into my schedule since that's when I'm busy trying to stock the Etsy shop for the holidays?
I guess that I will have to wait and see how it all shakes out. I have several months to ponder the possibilities and to hope that maybe this change might make it better. But right now I feel a lot like one of those big-eyed sad kids.
P.S. You have been looking at some of my finds from last year's spring Town Cleanup. To read about previous years, check out the archives for the months of April and May.