Saturday was the annual 70 Mile Garage Sale on the island, so I headed out with Chancery to see what we could find. I was hunting for some long sleeved shirts for her, and that was really the only thing I needed, though I’m always on the lookout for old Fisher Price toys as well.
We started off slowly, not really finding anything good. I picked up a few T-shirts for Asher, but there wasn’t much out there for Chancery. It didn’t take long for me to shed my sweater. It had been a cool morning, but it was quickly warming up. A few garage sales later I could hardly stand the heat in my long sleeved shirt, so I shelled out 50¢ for a tank top (don’t worry, it was clean) & I was ready to hit a few more sales.
Apparently my garage saleing skills were a bit rusty as I totally missed out on the complete set of Little House on the Prairie books for $5, simply b/c I didn’t grab them when I first laid eyes upon them. I learned my lesson & got down to business. No other deals would be missed!
When I spied an 80 piece wooden train set touting “no missing pieces!” I grabbed it before Chancery had even noticed & that’s saying something, she can spy the toys at a garage sale almost before we’ve gotten out of the car. It was marked for $25, but I wasn’t willing to pay that much for it. I had a choice. I could approach the woman who was wearing the money belt, or I could ask the man who was chowing on a burger if they’d take less…
Of course I went to the man! He asked, “Was that at OUR table?” As more proof that he was just happy to be rid of more ‘junk’, he accepted my lower bid & then asked, “How much change do I owe you?” I probably could have gotten away with it for $10, but I stuck with the $15 we had agreed on. It just goes to show that usually if you want to talk someone down on prices, it’s best to negotiate with the men since the women have a harder time seeing something of value go for less. Of course, this same principle is reversed when it comes to tools!
Sadly, I didn’t find any great Fisher Price toys this time, but I had a great time looking everything over. Since Chancery was born it just makes garage saleing more difficult when you have to get 2 kids out at every stop & they throw fits when you don’t let them have the grungy old stuffed toys they have just discovered, but now they love them so much & they just can’t go on if they can’t take them home RIGHT NOW!
I got home & was so excited to show PChad my awesome new trains that I got, but his first remark was, “What are you wearing?” After he got over my new wardrobe, he was quite impressed with the train set too.