Thursday, April 29, 2010
Yard Sale Chickens
At one sale, we are told that everything on the picnic bench can be ours for $15 OR we can pay $1 a piece. I pick up three items and say, "How about $2 for all these?" The elderly gentleman running the sale barks back, "FOUR DOLLARS for that!"
What kind of crazy math is that?
At the next sale, my friend picks up a brand new Pottery Barn vase (price tag still on, $20 value!) and the grandmother running this sale chimes, "You can have that! It's free." I pick up the blue chicken seen in the photo and offer fifty cents (generous, IMO) and the lady grimaces and shakes her head. She explains that a few dollars is more like what she had in mind.
--Back up and read that sentence about Pottery Barn again.--
I pick up the orange tchotchky in the picture (I don't even know what it is, but it looks chickeny enough for me) and offer a dollar for both of them. She begrudgingly takes the money and then makes it pretty clear I better leave.
At the next yard sale, my friend gets free curtains and a matching switch plate thrown in as a bonus.