This weekend my wife asked me if I’d like to do one of the top 2 things a guy could ever ask for. Go yard saling with her ;) (I bet you can guess what the other thing)
If there was ever a person who didn’t like driving around and looking at other peoples’ used stuff, it was her. But with the magical birth of our little baby boy 14+ months ago, she quickly found out how CHEAP you can get kids stuff at these things, and now every once in a while she throws out a zinger like this reminding me again why I love her so much. Not so much for just wanting to go yard saling with me, but for *keeping me on my toes*. Something strongly required in a relationship with me as I have the awful concoction of both needing CHANGE every other second, and having a healthy dose of A.D.H.D. Not to mention my constant dreaming and cockamaimy ideas.
At any rate though, my gorgeous wife made me one happy blogger on Saturday. And off we went exploring the city on the hunt for a new stroller and car seat. Neither of which we found, but we also didn’t come home empty handed. Here’s what we picked up:
- A pile of warm clothes for the bambino.
- Two pairs of almost-new baby shoes! Which was on our list to go get AFTERwards. Great timing…
- A complete set of Shakespeare’s works from 1910 – For only $5.00
- An industrial size shopvac. Which was also incredible timing since I was literally just telling my brother-in-law he needed one 45 mins before leaving! His water heater was crapping out, and he was about to start grabbing some pails and start emptying the thing one jug of water after another. So now for the cost of less than a coffee ($3!!) it should only take him a matter of seconds :)
All things needed and to be put to use, except for maybe the Shakespeare books ;) But how could you turn THAT down??? Especially when you find out the owner had found them in their attic when moving in years ago?? I gotta imagine I could offload them for much more than $5.00 if I wanted to later… And actually, this may make for the perfect next item for our Trade Up game! I can just earmark the money from the stroller hustle we did last month, hmm…. Good idea, self!
A tribute, if you will, to always keeping your eyes open and asking questions as you never know *what’s* for sale there!
So, without further babble, here are the three awesomely random (and crazy!) finds from over the years… Lord knows what’ll be next.
1. A Car
Yes, a car. My mother – God bless her – will ask if anything’s for sale if she sees it and wants to bring it home with her. And in this instance years and years ago, it happened to be a car. My dad’s truck had died the week earlier, and they were on the hunt for another decent beater that was safe and reliable for us kids to start using soon (if I recall correctly, I was just about to get my license). It was a blue Chevy Corsica, and cost her all of $800. About a third of what it was worth at the time. I, of course, wanted her to get us a sports car, but who were we to make demands ;)
2. A Rental Property
This one I just learned of a few days ago. Apparently the parents of a good friend of ours picked up their first rental home at a yard sale – for a whopping $19,000 (!!!). Granted this was 20+ years ago or so, but still. $19,000? For a HOUSE?? As the story goes, the yard saler’s mom had recently passed and she was in charge of selling off everything they weren’t keeping. So my friends’ parents got a house! And with that started their rental property empire later growing to over a dozen+. Pretty dam cool. (Side note: we used to make fun of my friend’s parents for being so frugal and business-y all the time. Not so much any more ;))
3. A Date!
I can’t for the life of me remember if it was my brother or my old best friend (this happened like 15 years ago), but regardless the pimp came back with a phone number, and later a bonafied date :) If I was as witty then as I am now I’d have asked if he haggled over it! (Bah dum-ching) The relationship didn’t last long, but not many can say they’ve picked up chicks at a yard sale before, haha… that’s true bad-assary right there if I’ve ever seen any.
There’s been a slew of other random, and awesome, stuff picked up over the years at these things, but those are the biggies that stand out. This weekend I also saw a crotch rocket for sale for only like $2,500, but luckily I told the seller I didn’t have a motorcycle license so I couldn’t be tempted to buy it ;) Her answer? “I’ll throw in motorcycle classes!”
*Turned around and ran*
If there’s one thing I’ve learned after all these years, it’s that you’re liable to bring home all kinds of unintentional stuff if you’re not too careful. Sometimes for the best (see: my shakespeare books!), but many times also for the worse (see: my $500 rock collection. Haha, okay, well that was a big fat lie. But I do know someone who HAS picked up rock collections at them! And he’s a reader of this blog too, so let’s see if he chimes in here ;))
At the end of the day though, you can find massive bargains at these things, and it sucks they’ll be closing down soon for the winter… What the hell am I going to do now on Saturday mornings?? ;)
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Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!