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Summer – The Time for Yard Sales

18 Aug 2017 Karina S. Henkel

I  get all excited whenever I see a self-painted sign hung up on a tree, saying that there is a yard sale (or garage sale) nearby. I am so happy when I have time to stop by these funny sales. But every time I see a sign like that and I can’t go there, I am deeply disappointed.

To be honest, I don’t know why I love these sales so much. I usually never find anything that I want. Very seldom do I see something that I could use. But nevertheless, it is so fun to go .

Usually these garage sales seem to be some kind of a family event. Family or friends bring everything out into their driveways and sit there in the shade, waiting for passersby to stop and have a look. They have a picnic and a good time. But sometimes I also see a single person sitting in his or her driveway.

The signs leading to that yard sale usually say that they this exciting event will happen between 8 am and 2 pm. That is something that upsets me every time when I read that. When I leave my home, usually around 9 am, I am on my way to an appointment and have no time to stop. But since these people don’t stay longer than  2 pm, I also know that I won’t be back in time to go there to find a treasure. Why the heck don’t they keep their garage open longer? What’s the point of having a garage sale  for just a few hours?

And that is the reason why I love these yard sales. There is always this hope that I will find something really pretty and valuable for two bucks that would give me joy for the rest of my life: a real treasure - not to sell, but to enjoy.

So far, I have not found any treasures at these yard sales. Maybe I go to the wrong ones or I just don’t know how to find a hidden treasure? But in my opinion, these people usually try to sell things that I would throw away. The things I usually see on garage sales are stuff that I would not even give someone for free.

But nevertheless, I will always stop my car when I see a yard filled with crap, if I have the time to do so. I will never lose the hope of finding something special. 

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