Saturday’s “To Do” list starts off with GO TO GARAGE SALES!
Planning my route the night before, testing my GPS on my phone and circling the garage sale listings in the paper are a Friday night ritual.
The community I live in is a “Planned Community”. That means it is pre-planned and strategically laid out. It is divided into Sections and each section is represented by a letter. The “P” section consists of streets beginning with the letter P: Perkins, Parking, Parkins, Penny. You get the idea! In the P section, there are many retirees and young professionals. The W section is considered the rich and ritzy area of town Then the B section is older and sadly, more run down. The R section is loaded with young couples with children.
The S Section is south of town and considered in the boondocks just because the lots are larger and it feels more country. And finally, the C Section is where the canals, intracoastal, boats, boats and more boaters live. Each section has its own characteristics and community. Even though we are all part of the larger town, these “sections” develop over town to attract a certain ambience. The area with lots of children has 2 elementary schools and sidewalks throughout. The “Country” part of town has no street lights and is off the beaten track from the rest of town. But, the city as a whole has rules and regulations and laws that we all try to abide.
We are allowed Two garage sales per year. We are required to buy a $5 permit for each of these sales and our signage is picked up and destroyed by noon on Saturday mornings. It is not a conducive atmosphere for a Garage Sale Business from your home!
Some people have ignored all the rules, communicated with their neighbors about their needs and plans and actually make a fairly good living putting on the garage sale event monthly! But when they get caught disobeying the rules, they feign innocence to the rules and promise to never do it again! But, a few weeks later when things have calmed down again, there will suddenly be another garage sale! Most people in the neighborhood could care less and life goes on!
On the Wednesday before the Friday/Saturday Garage Sale rush, a listing of all sales comes out in our local shopping guide, The Penny saver. People list their address, time and date of sale and a couple of “hook” items that will attract the throngs of super sale seekers. I faithfully pour over the Pennysaver dividing the sale addresses into town’s sections and plot my Saturday journey!
I leave for the sales until around 11am because most of these sales end by 1 or 2pm. Therefore, by the time I get to the sale, the people are ready to sell off the last of their stuff for just about any price you offer them. Since I am NEVER looking for anything in particular… just real deals, I have been able to purchase (without negotiation) entire rooms of furniture, enormous collections of old china and enough fabric to sew clothes for a third world nation! And I bought it for around $5!!! I have a weekly budget of about $20 for garage sales and only once or twice have I ever gone over that amount!!!
So, for this weekend, I am plotting out about 10 sales within a 10 mile range of my home. I will leave at 11 am and be back by 3pm and I know….The back seat of the car will be LOADED!!!!
Oh! And Happy Junquin’!!!
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