Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I have a pretty weird, (but funny) garage sale story I've been saving for this time of year. It involves what I thought was a vase, but turned out to be something very different. It proved you can find some scary things at a yard sale!  

About two years ago, I rolled up to a garage sale being held by an older couple. As I've said many times, I love yard sales held by senior citizens. Older folks usually have vintage and interesting things for sale. This sale initially didn't look all that good, but my blurry eyes spotted what looked like a bright, colorful baseball themed vase. On the front of the vase was the Philadelphia Phillies logo. Because of it's uniqueness and color, the vase stood out from it's lonely spot in the driveway. Adding more interest to the vase was a Post-It note with the words "free" written on it. Looking over the vase, it seemed to be in perfect, brand new condition. On the top of the vase was a plastic bubble containing an actual baseball. I wasn't sure why you need a baseball on top of a vase, but the thing piqued my interest. Being a Phillies fan, I decided to take the vase and figure out what to do with it later.  My conscience wouldn't let me take such a nice freebie for nothing though, so I reached into my pocket and pulled out a dollar. Holding out the sawbuck, I walked over the elderly gentleman running the sale and told him I wanted to pay him something for the vase. As I handed him a dollar, the old fella peered over his glasses and gave me a strange look. This odd reaction had me scratching my head, but I chalked it up to the fact that some folks just ain't as friendly as yours truly. Later on however, I figured out why the old timer gave me the look!

Arriving home from my garage sale rounds, I unloaded my finds for the day. The Phillies vase really had me curious, so I set it on the back of the truck's tailgate and gave it a thorough going over. The vase was topped off with a heavy metal lid that unscrewed. The lid contained an actual baseball inside a plastic dome. On the front of the vase was a small plaque area that looked like a place to engrave a person's name. Sitting on the tailgate with the vase now in my lap, I pondered this weird configuration. As I put together the various clues, it slowly began to dawn on me what this thing was...and it freaked me out! It wasn't a flower vase at all. It was a cremation urn used to intern the ashes of the dearly departed!  In this case, it was intended for a "die hard" Phillies fan! I've bought some weird yard sale stuff in my life, but this was down-right spooky! No wonder the seller gave me a funny look. He must have thought I was nuts!

It's a vase?!?
With this spooky realization, I was now panicking! What if there were ashes inside the urn? How do you dispose of someone's ghostly remains? I nervously shook the urn and listened closely. I couldn't hear a thing...but does someone's ashes make a sound anyway? Still unsure if someone was inside, I decided there was only one way to find out...I had to open the urn up and take a look. Pretty creepy, but I knew it had to be done. With my head turned slightly away, and one eye closed to minimize the shock of what I could discover, I slowly unscrewed the heavy lid. I was dreading what I might find. Who wants to come face-to-face with someone's ashes? Making the process even weirder, the steel lid made a very appropriate, but creepy, metal scratching sound. It was as if I were opening a crypt! After a few more turns, the lid finally came off. The moment of truth had arrived. As I peered inside the thermos-like container,  I let out a huge sigh of relief...it was clean as a whistle!

With this ghostly problem now passed, my next dilemma was to figure out what to do with a baseball cremation urn? Would anyone buy something so weird? Jumping on my computer to do some research, I was shocked at what I found. Apparently there's actually a demand for some hard-core baseball fans to be forever united with their favorite team. In fact, there's an urn for every major league baseball team...who knew, right? The urns are sold on various funeral supply websites, with some listed for as much as $700 dollars! I couldn't believe it! That's a lot of money to store your ashes in what's basically a fancy thermos! 

My next dilemma was selling the urn. While I have to admit it felt a little creepy, I wasn't about to keep the thing! But at the same time, I also didn't want to take advantage of anyone who wanted the urn for their dearly departed...that's just bad karma! So I listed the urn on Craigslist for an extremely reasonable price of fifty bucks. Even at this low price, I wasn't very hopeful the urn would sell. Realistically, how many folks are looking for something as strange as a baseball themed cremation urn? But surprise...I actually found someone! A guy contacted me saying he was looking for a Phillies cremation urn...and he needed it quick! His father-in-law had just passed away and the funeral was being held in a few days. The departed was a huge Phillies fan, so his son-in- law thought a Phillies themed urn would be a fitting tribute. Adding an additional heart warming touch, the son-in-law planned to have all the grandchildren sign the baseball that sat atop their Pop-Pop's urn. Having shopped for an urn on-line, the son-in-law realized what a great price I was giving him. He was so appreciative, he decided to pay me an extra $25-bumping the price of the urn up to 75 dollars! Pretty good, considering I originally thought the thing was a flower vase! After we made the deal, I drove home chuckling to myself. I actually made a very nice profit and helped someone out by flipping a cremation urn! You can't get much weirder then that!

I won't even bother to ask if you have ever flipped a cremation urn...what's the chances? So I'll leave you with that creepy garage sale story and wish you and yours, a safe and Happy Halloween!   


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8 comments:

  1. That's so creepy! I don't think I would have been able to open it!

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    1. Anny - I hear ya ! I am just glad it was empty, otherwise I may have been traumatized for life! It would have been hard to get that image out of my head, HA!

      Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  2. I always enjoy your posts but this one really made me LOL!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Floral- I've been holding that creepy caper in my back pocket. Thought it should be shared during Halloween. I am glad you enjoyed it!

      Thanks for writing in...Dude!

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  3. I love this blog! Every time I stop by, I leave with a smile on my face. And no, I've never thrifted an urn :)

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    1. You're not alone. I've haven't found anyone who has thrifted an urn. Only "lucky" me - Ha!

      Thanks for liking the blog....Dude!

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  4. OMG! LOVE find-n-flip! Too funny! You brought some smiles to the grieving family, and made a few bucks in the process! Win-Win! ;-)

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    1. Thanks Susie - It was a definite win-win, Ha!

      ...Dude!

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