The Rummage and the Salin’
About six to eight months ago, I had my first Rummage Sale at my old house. Basically I had tons and tons of CDs, clothes, books, and various odds and ends that weren’t doing me or anybody in my family any darn good. It turned out to be a much bigger undertaking than I thought it would be! I had to get tables, change, make signs, get the permit, price everything, decide what days I was going to do it, and also make some coffee. I was on my own, and most of the day I spent trying to simultaneously keep my eyes on the people who were nosing around my stuff while also streaming Cake Boss (because I have priorities). All in all, it was successful, but I can’t understand why or HOW some of these people have rummage sales more than once a year! It’s just such a massive undertaking that I can’t imagine the wherewithal needed to get that accomplished more than once….. well, heck, not just once a year, but once a lifetime. Every weekend my mother used to take us kids and a couple of her friends out yard saling, and I know our newsman Jack Miller does it almost every weekend in the season with his wife, Marlene. My sister loves it too, but I’ve never been one to get up early on a weekend unless it was required by my employer or some other important prospect.
Our family is thinking about doing another one maybe this spring to get rid of some of the stuff you find after a big move. I will help as much as I can, but to be honest I think I’m dreading the idea of Another Sale, even though I had mine last October!
Maybe I should learn how to do a sale right, and then it might not be as stressful. The St Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia do these things several times a year. Mine was barely able to last a day and a half; they’re doing theirs for three days! They’ll be starting on Thursday the 19th from noon to 7 pm, Friday they’ll be out there from 8 am to 7 pm, and Saturday they’ll be going from 8 am to noon. They’ll have clothes for all ages, household items, and baked goods. To get there, take the Concordia exit; south to the 4 way stop; go east 1/4 mile to the road on the right and then park in the back of the gym and annex.
They’re practically Rummage Sale Professionals. Maybe we should all go out and see how the Masters get it done.