To be honest, it's a lot of work to haul, price, display, and schmooze with customers. No matter how "low" we priced things, people wanted to "bargain" less and less and less again! To be honest, it's also a bit "sad" to relive the memories so many of the items we sold evoked!" There was Grandma's Correlle ware and her 60's glassware as well as old sewing machines, tools, pots and pans. Each was part of our family's story. Yet, I hope that in the days to come, I will remember sitting on the stoop watching Bubble Girl and Book Boy!
Bubble Girl was wandering through the piles when she found a used bubble wand and asked us what it was. We spent a long time showing her the intricacies of bubble making and entertaining her with blowing and catching bubbles encouraging her mother to "shop" for $15 worth of merchandise! As they pulled away from the curb, Bubble Girl's smiled brightly and waved. "Thank you for making my day," she seemed to say.
It was late in the day, nearing closing time, when Book Boy started reading some children's books strategically placed near the sidewalk while his parents shopped. At 10 cents a book, his mom told him to pick out 5 books; however, you know the reading teacher in me was ignited by the sight of a child reading....and so you know that he left with a BAG full of all the books I thought he might like. As they pulled away from the curb, Book Boy was already engrossed in his stack. He never looked up but I know HE made MY day!