Got rid of a LOT of stuff today, and almost 4 tanks of gas worth in the donation jar too (though most importantly: got rid of a LOT of stuff). It was a very successful “free” garage sale.
No haggling, no tending to my stuff, no worrying someone might grab something and run off. In fact I quite liked it when they did that. There was a gas money jar on the table in case people felt compelled to donate. Many did! I tried to be sure to thank them all. Some snuck away.
I met a lot of my neighborhood. Many kids during the day. Some interesting characters at night.
Got to chatting with my neighbor Otto for awhile early on. He helped me out by taking a lot of my old belongings. So much so that I got to give him one of my many reusable bags! If you see someone wearing a bunch of my clothes, that’s Otto. You might not recognize him though, he picked up one of my wigs too. Otto even took the Leafs jersey. And brought me a popsicle! Thanks Otto!
Another interesting character was Jakko.
Jakko first stopped by at the table and called into the garage to see if I had any vinyl or record players. I didn’t. But we got to talking, he offered me a beer, and next thing you know I’ve given him a goalie stick, some art off the wall (he loved it Amy!), and a suit Jacket and tie. The tie was a great touch, but he’d never worn one before. 10 minutes later, I had taught Jakko to tie a beautiful double windsor! He was even able to get it all home on his bike (some zip-ties for the goalie stick was the trick.)
Later I gave some more zip-ties to these folks to attach my old Trader Joe’s basket to a bike rack.
Out celebrating French independance day, these folks perused the table for awhile, eventually taking a fair bit of my life home with them. Kind people you meet when you have a “FREE” sale.
The number of times I heard “Free? well you can’t beat that price!” today was… 2. But i’m sure everyone else was thinking it.
…didn’t get as much done on the bike as I would have liked though today. I’m pretty good at talking to people.