of Yard Sale Junkie
Where is a mom to
go when the dad can be home with the kids? Yard sales
have become a weekend thing for this mom. The older kids
stay home with dad while mom and baby go off a-yard-sailing!
The quest begins with getting there as fast as fast can
be. You may catch me digging through boxes of clothes
and quickly scanning the tables for items I may need. I
usually do this feat alone as no one can really keep up
with me. I even make my baby's head spin. No sooner does
he finally wave his hand and utter "Hi" then
he has to wave a quick bye-bye as I hand over the stack
of quarters for my newly found treasures. Off to the
next sale with the thought of what wares could be found.
Must hurry as many thoughts go through my mind. Does the
car have enough gas? I have checked 3 times now. Should
I have gotten that toy that my oldest boy would have
liked? Will daddy be able to fit in those shorts I
bought? Will I make it home in time to go out to
breakfast with the family at that cozy little restaurant
we go to once a week? Does the baby need a diaper
change, oh look, he is asleep!
I am thirsty, as I forgot my drink at home. Does anyone
know that they can make a lot of money from selling
beverages out of a cooler at yard sales? Oh, look a yard
sale sign. Well, I think it is. Can hardly read it. Let
me slow down. Squinting, almost stopping the car to
read. Well look there, it is a yard sale sign. Well, I
can't get out of the car to see the address as the baby
is asleep. Guess it's onto the next yard sale.
Honestly, I have learned a lot about yard sales. I have
held many and I have been to many. Signs are the biggest
part of having your yard sale as well as the time of day
it is held. Early is best. Most people tend to start
looking at around 7-8 in the morning. By 10:00 I have
found myself to be so dizzy that I wonder if the stop
sign ahead is a yard sale sign.
Signs with BIG letters, address, distance, and BIG
arrows help me to find the way to your yard sale. Signs
that are bright and different colors do help draw
attention. Did you put arrows at every corner? Check
them often if it is windy. It is a nice touch to have a
flag or balloons on your mailbox at your home to help
people zero in. Think of the quest as your own. Trace
the route that you create to your own yard sale.
Wendy Hails from Emmitsburg