Thursday, May 6, 2010

Perennial Pete strikes again

This weekend is "garage sale weekend" here in my neighborhood.
I've only held one garage sale in my life.

It went like this....
I took a couple days off work.
I spent hours and hours doing the following~
*cleaning my garage and covering things that were not for sale.
*hauling out tables, digging through boxes in storage.
*sorting through clothes, toys and miscellaneous junk.
*folding, more sorting, pricing.

Then stood there for 2 1/2 days while strangers did the following~
*they riffled through my stuff.
*they unfolded and tossed things all over.
*they insulting me by saying that 25 cents was too much for that dress my 6 month old only wore once.
*they relentlessly haggling with me on things that were priced for 50 cents and less.

In the end I made a hundred bucks.
Then I had to haul all the unsold stuff to Goodwill.

It was torture.

I figured if I had worked my normal nursing shifts I would have made multiple times the money I made at my sale. And I could have just donated all the stuff and saved myself a lot of work and grief.

That's what I did from then on.

So when the garage sales happen in my neighborhood I just go about my business and try to be patient.

Yes, patient. Because we all know what it's like when there are garage sales in your neighborhood. All these perfectly normal people come into your neighborhood and instantly turn into "bargain-hunting-neck-craning-not-paying-attention-to-where-they-are-driving-can't get-to-the-next-house-fast-enough" bad drivers.

That's what was happening this morning when I went out to take Ace for a walk. Not only were people driving distracted but they were parking all over the place.

And this is where Perennial Pete comes in. If you don't know Pete or need to refresh your memory you can go HERE HERE and HERE oh and HERE
As you remember...
Pete doesn't like people to park in front of his property.
Pete likes to yell at people when they park in front of his property.
Pete insists on calling the police when he doesn't feel people are listening to him when they are parked in front of his property.

And that was how it went for Pete today.
Some of my neighbors were NOT amused.
The police were NOT amused.

I heard all about it today and started to get a little angry at Pete.

Then this evening I was sitting on my front porch relaxing when I saw Pete opening his gate across the street.

He yelled over to me "Do you want to come over and see the peonies?" (I haven't talked to him since the last time I blogged about him).

And so I went over.
I introduced Ace to Pete.

We went on a mini tour of his property and looked at all the blooming tree peonies. He has them in every color you can imagine. Multiple shades of red, pink, white, purple, and yellow (I didn't know the color of yellow even existed).

We talked and he picked me a bouquet of lilacs and quizzed me some more on my knowledge of herbs which I was about 50/50 this time.

I think we can find something in common.
We both hate garage sales.

I've decided that I like Pete.

13 comments:

Kelly Polizzi said...

oh wow, all that work you put into it for so much frustration. I have never done a garage sale before and have only been to a few. They don't have them where I'm from. I hope you have better luck next time, if you ever do another! But really, haggling on such low prices? ridiculous!

Brian Miller said...

smiles. pete sounds like a pretty cool guy...

have fun at that yard sale....

Baino said...

Aww bless he gave you flowers? And I so understand the Garage Sale. We had one a few years back and it was heartbreaking that people didn't want to buy things that you were using . .hello . .last week! Even the Salvation Army wouldn't take the couch that we used to sit on because it was stained. How dirty did I feel! don't ask. At least you have beautiful smelly sweet Lilacs. Not sure what it's like in Chicago but we put it on the nature strip and someone takes it . .just like that! Ah let Ace watch the vid on FF this week . .hot tip for Border Collies.

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

I discovered the same thing as you. It is faster, cheaper and a lot more rewarding to just give it to charity.

Lucky Girl said...

The poor old curmudgeon..looks like he has a soft spot...for you!!

Matty said...

$100 was worth the effort. And it sounds like Pete might be a good neighbor after all.

From Tracie said...

Garage sales are the worst!!

I must admit that I get a small measure of slightly sick pleasure out from the though of Pete calling the police on all those people who parked in front of his yard.

The lilacs are beautiful!

mommyto3kiddos said...

You know...I was just wondering about Pete the other day. :) How sweet of him to give you some of his lilacs.

As for the garage salers...I do like a good neighborhood garage sale, but I do try to be considerate of others and do my best to pay attention to where I am going. :) But, I know exactly what you mean. I did a few garage sales, but decided that it was much easier to just donate stuff, give it to friends I knew could use it, or if I really wanted to make some money off the item, post it on Craigslist. :)

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Garage Sales - Eeeeeerrrrrrr,,,
I feel all of the same feelings that you do about those dang garage sales!

The Pete stories...Oh MY!
Joyce

sheri... said...

i'm right there with you when it comes to garage sales! i enjoy going to them but holding one is a whole 'nother story :) i wished i had a 'pete' in my neighborhood...i have to chase down what look to me like experienced gardeners and see if they'll talk to me, heh heh

Barb said...

I also hate to do garage sales. I've done one for the past two years to benefit Hope Rescues. Last year we only made $300. Totally not worth all the time I put in. This year we made $1000, but only because a store owner donated a bunch of jewelry and decorations. Hubby said next year we'll just donate $500 to Hope and not do a yard sale!

Pam said...

I have never had a yard sale for the very reason state. I do, however, load up my car several times a year with miscellaneous stuff we now longer need or want and donate it to a goodwill type store. Lots less hassle and work. Plus I get rid of EVERYTHING!

Glad you've found some common ground with Pete.

Deborah said...

Hi, Happy Mother's Day! I'm sure your kids planned something nice for you!
Anywho, this post was a riot...I can relate, I had ONE garage sale, my girlfriend came over, she threw me money and told me to get in the house because it was too embarrassing for me to be out there.
Very funny!
Thanks for visiting today!
xxoo
Deborah