Favorite Finds, Shifty Garage Sale Behavior

So I walk up to a garage sale, see this, immediately ask how much it is.

The only person in the garage, a guy, scratches his head. “I’m not sure. It’s my girlfriend’s. She went to get us lunch.” Thinking it would be too much anyway, and not wanting to spend the time waiting for her, I thanked him and started to walk away.

“Wait,” he says, “I don’t want to carry that back inside. $5?”

What I should have said: “You’d better wait for your girlfriend.”

What I actually said: “I’ll take it.”

Garage sales, thrift stores, and estate sales have been known to bring out some dubiously ethical behavior in me.

March 10, 2012 - 10:12 pm

Marsha At an early morning yard sale in Wisconsin years ago I bought a box of silverware. It was a group sale and the guy who sold me the box said $5 even though it was for another person. Since I just needed some extra pieces, I took it and went home. I didn’t even look at it for several days…turned out there were about 40 pieces and half of them were sterling silver! I also felt guilty but by then didn’t know what to do. I still have them all.

I know the feeling…

March 11, 2012 - 7:06 pm

Lara Jo HA! Yes, but yours was unintentional, Marsha!! You didn’t know there was sterling. Entirely forgivable once you’re standing in front of the pearly gates. Mine, not so much. But you’re sweet to try and make me feel better!!