I’m Not a Writer – Just a Junker
When Anna told me to take over her blog, she suggested that I write a post about her growing up, a post about myself and then something about whatever I wanted.
Instead of writing about her, I wrote about her brother. And I totally messed it up by forgetting to tell you that he’s also a PhD! So I wanted to make sure you knew that before we moved on. You can see that post here.
And back to today, where I’ve decided to tell you a little bit more about myself.
First of all, in case you didn’t notice, I am not a writer.
I always wanted to be, and I thought I might be one day – but the truth is; I am a junker.
As in thrift shops, Flea Markets, Goodwills, Garage and Estate Sales, curbs on trash day – the neighbor’s dumpster… it’s all fair game as far as I’m concerned.
My love of second-hand things began in college – because it was all we could afford. And now it’s just what I love.
I also worked as a school counselor for more than 30 years, so it’s always in my nature to try to help people. And today I’d like to help you take a look at yourself – and determine if you are ALSO addicted to garage sales (and dumpsters).
We addicts need to stick together, right?
10 Signs of a Garage Sale Addict
1. It’s all you want to do
I can’t explain what happens when I have an opportunity to attend a sale. It’s out of my control really.
But let’s just say that I can be in bed feeling like I’ve been run over by a truck and someone can call, or my husband will tell me about a sale, and I’m instantly energetic and getting in the car.
It makes me smile. It makes me happy. It’s possible that I’d rather hit a garage sale than do pretty much anything else.
2. You miss out on important life events because of sales
Okay – I never actually missed anything important. But I was almost late for Anna’s college graduation because I stopped at a garage sale on the way to the ceremony.
And I left my friend’s wedding reception for about an hour to make a quick visit to a sale I had seen on the way in. I went back to the reception, but my car was full of treasures!
3. Your house is “overflowing”
My kids talk about all my “stuff” behind my back (and in front of me). They try to get me to eat healthy and to take care of myself, and they say it’s because they want me around for the grandkids.
But I know the truth.
They are terrified that I will die, and they will be stuck with all my treasures.
My sister-in-law found a quote for me yesterday, and I am having it embroidered and framed. It reads:\
It’s Not Hoarding if it’s Organized.
4. You plan your day around them
Back when I was still working, I had a map of the neighborhoods surrounding the school where I worked. On Thursday nights, I would map out which sales I could attend on my lunch break on Fridays.
I packed my lunch and paced myself. I loved it! And every now and then I would find the perfect shirt to match a skirt I was wearing, and I’d do a quick wardrobe change before heading back to work.
Okay – sort of kidding there. Okay – it might be true. Okay – I’ve decided not to actually say one way or the other – but I certainly wouldn’t judge anyone for this.
5. You’re the best customer at your OWN garage sales
I don’t host my own garage sales anymore, but back when I used to – it’s possible that I would take the time to set everything out and then take half of it back inside as soon as someone expressed interest in buying it.
And – it’s also possible that my husband would walk around for weeks afterwards with $0.25 stickers on his shirts.
Notice that I said I don’t host my own garage sales anymore.
6. Garage sales comfort you like nothing else can
I cried all the way home – through the entire state of Ohio – when we dropped Anna off her freshman year of college. Until my husband found a massive antique sale next to a railroad depot.
I was instantly cured and even commented on what a good thing it was that we had gotten rid of Anna and all her things so we had room for the new, old stuff.
7. Your fondest memories of your children as babies – involve them at auctions
When Anna was around 2 years old, my grandmother and I took her to an auction.
She got caught up into the spirit of the auction (which is easy to do) and loudly yelled, “Raise that bid!”
The auctioneer actually took her bid, much to my embarrassment. And then he literally had to stop the auction when he realized that he had just accepted a bid from a toddler. We laughed and laughed.
And Anna wasn’t allowed to attend anymore auctions. (But her brother was, of course.)
8. You’re a weird guest at parties.
I’ll admit it – I turn my host’s dishes upside down to see their markings… and try to determine their value on eBay.
9. You know random details about TV shows and movies
Did you know that Aunt Bea in The Andy Griffith Show has Blue Ridge China in her white cupboard in the kitchen?
In some of the episodes it’s Blue Willow.
That makes me happy.
10. You start making life decisions based on your addiction
I had been thinking about retirement for years, but I could never make a decision. One afternoon, a little girl came to my office to tell me that her Grandma had died.
And my first thought was, “Will there be an estate sale?”
That’s when I knew it was probably time to retire.
So – is someone you love addicted to garage sales? Send them my way – maybe we can trade dumpster-diving secrets.