Thursday, December 8, 2011


It doesn't matter what city or state you live in, the country is embracing the yard sale to make a little extra money during these tough economic times.  I don't usually take notice of local garage sales, but in the city of Los Angeles, we do have a tendency to live on top of one another and this makes ignoring them harder to do.

I've taken a look at what you've got for sale.  It's sad -- and I don't mean in a nostalgic way.  I suppose it's true that one man's trash is another man's treasure, but your collection of old hair brushes and combs really scares me. 

Something else you should be aware of is pricing.  Your shit should be priced to move.  Getting insulted when someone lowballs you on your old Peter Frampton laserdisc is bad form.  If you don't want to sell it, take it off the lawn.  Most of us are assuming you are being evicted and need to sell off all your crap to rent a U-Haul.


I don't think anyone can fault you for wanting make an extra buck selling your stuff.  It's an American institution.  It is, however, another thing altogether if every single weekend, you haul out the same old crap and spread it out on your lawn.  That is not what a yard sale is supposed to be.  That falls more into the Sanford & Son area. 

There is another issue that looms large in the background.  It's not something people like to talk about so I will try to be as gentle as I can.


Yes, bed bugs.  Buying other people's junk is a good way to invite these vermin in to your home.   And don't think that only happens to people who buy old mattresses and couches.   You have just as much of a chance finding them inside end tables, chairs and lamps.

So, next time you stop at a garage garbage sale, take a moment and think what they might really be selling you. 


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