Because I live, breathe and dream garage sales, I recently discovered this letter to the editor on our favorite topic. It's a totally legitimate letter sent to a Mid Western newspaper. In it, the writer is complaining about the terrible buyers who attended her mother's garage sale. It had me scratching my head for several reasons. Check it out......
Shocking behavior at garage sale
MIDLAND – My 93-year-old mother decided to hold a garage sale and advertised it in one of the local papers with a start time of 8 a.m.
I was not able to get there until 7:45 a.m. Imagine my shock when I saw not only a street full of cars, but wall-to-wall people inside the house. There were also areas clearly marked “Off Limits” with signs that had just as clearly been ignored.
I realized there were people in the basement where they should not have been. Upon checking, I discovered that several valuable antique items were missing. These were things my mother would never have parted with, so we know they were not sold in error, but were taken in the mass confusion when she made the mistake of letting people in who were knocking on her door at 7:15 a.m.
The most important pieces were family items: my grandfather’s wooden spool potty chair and an upholstered square organ stool. Also gone was a Beatty washtub stand that was in excellent condition, and numerous antique bottles. I hope whoever took them feels proud of robbing an elderly lady.
I called Midland police, and they said they would likely send someone around to talk with my mother. When I called her later, she said they just talked to her on the phone and basically said, “Thanks for letting us know.” No visit to ask for descriptions or anything.
To say I am disappointed is an understatement.
|A Beatty washtub stand went missing!|
Now first off, if your mother is 93 years old should you really be allowing her to have a garage sale without some supervision? Maybe mom is spry for her age, but at 93 how sharp can she really be? Running a garage sale isn't easy for anyone, especially a women just seven years shy of the century mark. The daughter also complained about buyers who showed up early and took advantage of her mom by buying stuff that wasn't for sale. But unless you've never held a garage sale in your life, you should know "early birds" will show up at the crack of dawn. In reality, the daughter should have been at her mom's house a good hour before the start of the sale. Lastly, finding the situation a little out of control, the daughter called the local police. What are they suppose to do? Arrest people for coming out to an advertised garage sale? It's too funny! Seems this letter only proves the daughter messed up for not keeping a better watch over her mom.
Lot's of sellers can quickly get overwhelmed when buyers overrun their garage sale. But it doesn't help matters when poor old mom is "home alone" and trying to run the sale. Have you ever had a first hand experience like the above? If so, tell us what happened.....
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