Last weekend netted one of my dream scenario estate sales. All of my lax, random criteria were met or exceeded: family run, out in the country, piles to pick through, displayed nicely but not too nicely, very reasonably priced and there were OUTBUILDINGS (2 of them!).
So many campground signs.
Bonus! (and possible new criteria): The sale was being run by four handsome brothers.
There was just one little flaw at this otherwise perfect sale and I’ll simply refer to that as The Barnacle.*
While passing by the giant FREE pile on my way to the good stuff in Building #1, The Barnacle, who had stacked her purchases next to the free pile, greeted me by saying, “Don’t touch those! They’re mine!” even though the only touching was WITH MY EYES as I walked by.
So many enamel numbers.
I filled a box with my purchases and left it with brother #3 in building #1 while I headed to building #2 which was manned by brother #4.
Years of experience with
sleeping in arriving at estate sales hours after they’ve
opened has forced me to fine-tune my ability to detect things that were missed or skipped
over by earlier buyers.
So many interesting old keys.
I reached for a massive ring of keys that had been overlooked because it was hanging between studs on a garage wall and *like magic* there at my elbow was The Barnacle. She hovered behind me to see if I was buying the keys while her husband yelled out from across the garage, “Hon! I can’t believe you missed those keys your first time through here.”
I now had an estate sale shadow following me and I didn't know why since The Barnacle appeared to have been finished with her shopping when I arrived. Maybe it caused her anxiety to see me swooping in and making piles of the things she rejected. Maybe she thought I knew something about the junk that she didn’t. Maybe missing out on that ring of keys caused her to question all of her life choices.
We'll never know.
We'll never know.
So many Wheaties cereal prizes - Frank Buck explorer's sun watches.
I do know at this point there were only two shoppers in this 3-car garage, myself and The Barnacle, and as I dug through a very small box, she suddenly appeared again, standingrightnexttome, and stuck her hands in the same small box where my hands were already busy rummaging.
What exactly was happening here?!
Much to my surprise, my outside voice, which would usually try for a more diplomatic approach at first, just blurted out “Are you stalking me?” #personalspace
And I was completely ignored.
At this point I had to make some decisions.
Should I get into a Barnacle-Stalker girl fight in a (handsome) stranger’s garage at an estate sale?
No. Because that is a completely ridiculous idea.
So many old Pacific Northwest license plates.
But if I did, would it affect my ability to buy the stuff I had left behind with (handsome) Brother #3 in garage #1?
Probably. And that would be NOT GOOD.
Could The Barnacle take me down pretty easily?
ABSOLUTELY. Small rambunctious pets have knocked me over. I was no match for her.
So I stepped away from the box and The Barnacle.
Why? Because there is so much junk in the world, more than enough for everyone, that it’s just not worth being another Barnacle at an estate sale. And I’m more than okay with that.
I did buy the keys. All 446 of them. Sorry, Hon.
*To describe a tenacious person or thing.