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Sunday, September 4, 2011
Yard sale bargains
Signs, balloons, excited preparation.
A Friday-afternoon notion turned into a Saturday morning project. We've been talking about doing this for years.
The kids did the pricing. And chose the toys from the cornucopia in the attic. Household items were added from basement and garage. There is always, but always, too much stuff. How did we accumulate all of this?
No one bought the office chairs for $1.00. No students came by, which surprised us. (We also had two working TVs for sale, neither of which sold).
But the lemonade and popcorn were a hit. We used last year's sign, but we didn't have any "chocolate treats" to sell this year, so we marked them as "sold out."
We met lots of neighbours. Nothing says, "hey, drop by for a chat" like arranging the contents of your basement and attic on your front lawn.
What didn't sell was loaded up in the truck and donated to the local MCC store. Everyone chose something to keep (like this pink flashing butterfly wing musical device we'd forgotten existed).
It was fun. But these photos look a little melancholy to me, as I put them together in Blogland. Maybe it's the concept of arranging your belongings on the lawn and waiting, wondering, who will show up? What will happen? Will anyone want these things that we once wanted and needed and used?
I'm mother of four, writer, dreamer, planner, runner, photographer, taking time for a cup of coffee in front of this computer screen. My days are full, yet I keep asking: how can I fill them just a little bit more
-- with depth, with care, with pleasure.