Fridays in the summer are prime time for yard sales. This week, as temperatures hit the high 90s, the residents of Hermiston seemed to realize that the lazy, warm days of summer were almost over and they were losing their opportunities to hold an outside sale. The Nickel Ads had column after column of yard sales listed. This week I followed the spouse’s advice and made a list. Last night I entered all the addresses into Google Maps, organized the sales by proximity, and printed out a detailed plan of attack for Friday morning.
My first stop was an estate sale. I bought a pile of old towels to use for cleaning rags and a Field Guide to Western Birds. I also called the spouse and told him he should stop by to see all the tools and man toys in the basement of this sale. I moved on to the next sale on my list but later received a call from the spouse. He was ecstatic. He had bought every drill bit they had. He found several old Stanley planers which he is sure are valuable (as if he’d ever sell them!) He purchased several tools that he’s not quite sure what they’re used for…but he’s sure they’re good ones. He also bought, wait for it…five chunks of lead and a giant plank of steel!!! It really doesn’t take much to make him happy. Later in the day I heard him talking on the phone to his brother and bragging about his great finds. It’s fun for me to see him so giddy about shopping. I know the feeling, but I usually get that way after Macy’s has a 50% off the sale price special on shoes.
I expected to find some real treasures today because I spent all that time organizing. I think I shattered the spouse’s theory of the benefits of pre-planning. I was even out the door before 8:00! I wasn’t any more successful today than when I follow my usual practice of sleeping in and then late in the morning aimlessly driving around and looking for yard sale signs. That’s what I’m going to do tomorrow. It’s Saturday and there are more sales starting, but I’m not getting up early.