A couple of weeks ago I was driving through the neighborhood fairly early in the morning and noticed a line up of people outside a residence. That seemed unusual, and then I noticed an “Estate Sale” sign. Since I’d never been to one, I was curious and pulled over to check it out.
Despite being a member of The Compact and trying to buy used whenever possible, I’m not a huge garage sale enthusiast, simply because I just don’t need that much stuff, and I’m trying to declutter as much as possible. I did find this tile table at a garage sale right next door to our house after keeping an eye out for such an item for several years.
But Estate Sales had always sounded interesting to me, and I headed into the modest tract house to see if there was anything I needed inside. Well, anyone who’s ever been to an estate sale would probably agree that seeing a lifetime accumulation of someone’s possessions scattered around their home with price tags attached is a pretty sad scenario. This was obviously a very old couple, judging from the amount of clothes from decades past, including fox and mink jackets. Oh my. Not really my thing.
So I stayed just long enough to spot about ten wallets on a dresser, all of them brand new with price tags. Apparently this woman had a wallet fetish. Since I’ve needed a new wallet for about five years, I was happy to pay $2 for this one. And there were lots of picture frames to choose from, something I’m always in need of because I like to give photos as gifts to family and friends. I paid $1 for each of these, for a grand total of $4 for items I won’t have to worry about breaking The Compact to buy new.
Have you ever been to an Estate Sale? What kinds of items have you bought? Did you find it to be an emotional experience? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section.