Is that laser going to hurt my eyes?

Posted by Jenny in Junk In My Trunk, Sale Tales | 10 Comments

You know how sometimes there is a theme for the day? Well, this Saturday was the complete opposite, with a ton of sales and a little bit of everything. Recurring guest star Karl came along for a great morning of sales. (And in a stunning turn of events, it was hot, sunny, and gorgeous out!)

One of our first stops was a sale that we’d been to once or twice before. The seller had tons of great vintage items … priced just high enough to make me think twice. Karl did pick up a Pac-Man drinking glass here.

Antiquey sale

At the next stop, we admired the effort put into this lemonade sign … although no one seemed to be there to sell it.

Lemonade 50 cents

I guess it was still a little too early for lemonade, so we just looked at their stuff. I noticed the writing on this label and was rather stupefied.

$3 Sex

I walked over and showed it to Karl and we both stood there with our mouths open for a good minute or so, before he realized it was meant to say “Set.” Oh.

After a few unremarkable sales we headed to one whose ad was scary, yet intriguing, mentioning “sexy hippie clothing and vintage birdhouses!” I figured it would be horrible, but of course I was curious. It turned out to be run by someone we knew, and wasn’t scary at all. In fact, it was chock full of interesting junk. Just the way we like our sales.

Tons o' crap

The “sexy hippie clothing” seemed like slightly false advertising (not that I minded in the least!), but the vintage birdhouses were definitely present.

Vintage birdhouses

We saw lots of odd items throughout the day, including this drinking fountain just plopped down on the lawn.

Drinking fountain for sale

Along with the fountain there were a ton of clothes for sale, but nothing that interesting … or so I thought! Meghan’s yard sale superpowers led her right to a bunch of two-dollar ’50s sequined tops hanging on some tree branches. Dang! That was a good sale (with a couple more right nearby) … but some of them were really pathetic. At this one it looked like the sellers had just given up. Keep in mind it was only about 10:30 a.m.

Abandoned yard sale

At a moving sale, Meghan picked up a hilarious set of headphones with built in mike, proclaiming them “totally Wild World of Sports!” Remembering Olympic Manor last year, we asked her to please put them on and wear them around all day. Of course, she obliged … although they were only worn while she was at the sale, much to the entertainment of me, Karl, and everyone else there.

Really nice headphones

We went to one sale inside an apartment where we encountered a pair of our least favorite yard-sale-going specimens: scanners! I went over to see if they were even scanning anything good, finding them huddled around a pretty unremarkable stack of CDs. While doing this I heard Meghan loudly complaining about them to the seller. We headed out to the car while Karl finished rummaging through a box of records. When he finally came out, he told us that he’d talked to the scanner dude. The conversation apparently went something like this:

Karl: Is that laser going to hurt my eyes?
Scanner: What?
Karl: You heard what I said.
Scanner: Ha ha … how’s it going?
Karl: Seriously, do you guys ever find anything you can sell for more than five bucks?
Scanner: Actually, one time I sold a Tori Amos bootleg series CD for $299!
Karl: There must be a lot of lonely people out there.
Scanner: What does that have to do with anything?
Karl: A lot.

This exchange kept us laughing for the rest of the day.

The next sale was great, with Karl purchasing so many items he had to make plans to come back later to pick it all up. The stuff was mostly on their porch, with a few items inside. I found some great books and was really excited until the seller came in and embarrassedly told me that only the items on the card table were part of the sale. Sad.

Next was a sale where their ad said the sale was on “Saterday.” I didn’t expect much, and I was right. It was two dudes with a few bedraggled piles of stuff set out on the strip outside their apartment. The only thing that surprised me was that they were drinking bottled water rather than cans of beer.

Driving to what we’d planned to be our last sale, we saw a flyer for a school rummage sale that I swear wasn’t even advertised in the paper or on Craigslist! We figured it could be good. On the way we stopped at a sale hidden down a narrow pathway between two businesses. The people were friendly and funny (and kinda baked), and we all found stuff. Meghan bought a great leather jacket for $5, I bought a tiny Ramones t-shirt for my kid to grow into, and Karl bought a mind-boggling record, which we’re hoping he’ll write about for us soon.

We parked on the wrong side of the rummage sale, which turned out to be OK since there was another sale nearby where Meghan got the most amazing vintage high-heeled shoes ever — you’ll see them in the trunk photo, though it doesn’t really do them justice. The seller said they belonged to her great-grandmother and they were a mere two bucks!

Finally we found the way into the rummage sale, which was massive.

School fundraising rummage sale

Most of it was garden-variety stuff, with a few cool items … and a few not-so-cool items, like this almost-indescribable purse.

Inexplicable purse

I bought a few books here, rounding out my extremely small pile of purchases. Really, for hitting probably 20+ sales, you’d think I would have bought more … especially considering that Karl and Meghan filled the trunk and then some! There were a lot of things I was on the fence about but just wasn’t quite motivated to buy. That’s the way it goes sometimes and really, that’s okay by me. There’s always next week …

Junk In My Trunk 5-17-08

10 Responses to Is that laser going to hurt my eyes?

  1. Mitzi says:

    Hey, I see the first season of Northern Exposure on DVD in your trunk photo!! Who would sell that at a yard sale?!?! I think I paid like $65 for it when it first came out, you would have to pry that sucker from my proverbial cold dead hands! Great post, as always! 🙂

  2. Willy Callit says:

    It sounds like a great day out, and beautiful weather for it. I’m sorry that I missed it.

    Meghan, what you were wearing, the “headphones with the microphone,” is a pilot’s headset. I happen to have done some flying before leaving Los Angeles. What you had on your head, in working condition, was worth anywhere from $250 to over $1,000 depending on the features. Scary!

  3. Meghan says:

    Funny. I gave them to them to Randy Pan and Jake! I think Randy was wearing them at the bout…

  4. Denise says:

    I’ve never heard of “scanners” before–I went back and read your original post on them. My mom and I both like to hit estate sales, and often bemoan those people who walk in early and scoop up armfuls of stuff w/o even looking at it. I’ve never seen anyone with a scanner–probably because I wasn’t looking closely at them.

    I held a moving sale several years ago, and was shocked at how aggressively people went through my book pile. One person even kinda scolded me, saying I could have sold the books for much more online than the $1/apiece price I was asking for.

  5. Caitlin says:

    huh I had seriously never heard of scanners before. What a weird phenomenon. Where on earth do they get price scanners? I don’t even really understand how it is able to tell them if something is valuable. I’m going to keep an eye out for scanners the next time I’m at a thrift store. If I was having a garage sale and people were doing that, they’d get kicked out for sure.

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  7. Shinmaryuu says:

    I find it odd that you think there is a difference between someone being a bit rude about scanning trying to make a living doing research just like any antiques dealer would and being a tattle to a seller about someone doing something THAT ISN’T ILLEGAL! and treating a person who obviously had a sense of humor about the situation like a dick.

    Reselling items you buy at thrift, yard sales, etc is not illegal and this anti ebayer/amazon seller BS needs to stop. It’s pointless and stupid. If you pay for an item it’s yours no matter what you do with it later. Treating people who are trying to make an honest buck like crap is WAY worse than scanning some books.

  8. meghan says:

    Wow your thoughts seem far more toxic and rude! Not really sure if you should point fingers. No, it’s true it’s no ILLEGAL, but it’s really, really, really annoying. That is the point that we tried to make.

  9. A Scanner says:

    “This exchange kept us laughing for the rest of the day.”

    Big whoop. The dude probably paid $10 and made around 3000% profit. Believe me, he’s the only one laughing, all the way to the bank.

    Get the fuck over yourselves.

  10. Meghan says:

    Most of the scanner we see at sales are scanning books or CDs (like fucking zombies) 2 hours after the “real” book sellers have already had their pick.
    If you don’t like what we say, start your own blog about dumbass scanners…