Ally McSale

Posted by Meghan in Junk In My Trunk, Sale Tales | 9 Comments

Jenny was out of town this week, so it was just me and Karl. Friday was a massive bust. Both of us ended being disgusted with the whole idea of going to sales before 9:45 AM. It was so bad that it’s not even worth the time to talk about how bad it was.

I was wondering if we should even stay on the North End for sales on Saturday, but in the end there seemed to be tons of sales. Folks have started to take the whole “wacky Craigslist ad thing” to a new level. Things have changed from years ago when Jenny and I tried to put the word “craptastic” into a classified yard sale ad in the paper, and the word was refused by the woman working the classifieds.

One sale listed “Odd, interesting and blatantly normal items for sale!” (Isn’t that just about every single sale we go too?!) And free pen with every purchase! We did hit this sale and the woman was very aggressive about trying to get both of us to take a pen. I had seen their sign on Friday night and liked how they said the sale was better than their block letters.

Our stuff is better than our block letters

Karl said he would arrive at 8:30, and at 7:50 I drove to hit some 8 a.m. sales, but boogied back to make sure I was at my house at 8:30. Karl on the other hand was running late, because he forgot the list. Later on he confessed that he also hit a few early morning sales that I think contributed to him being 20 minutes late. Why am I not surprised?

One of the first sales we hit was about three blocks from my house and I couldn’t resist sneaking a photo of the eagle blanket (a la 9/11, or is it more politically correct to say Sept. 11th?)

Patriotic yard sale display

I thought the sale was pretty lame. I did see they had the sale again on Sunday. By Monday afternoon they wised up and created a huge free pile.

Then across the street we hit a very long driveway sale. Jenny and I had hit a sale here five years ago that was really good, but both Karl and I hightailed it out of there quick this time.

Long driveway sale setup

The yard sale and BBQ for Tilted Thunder Roller Derby was a must.

Yard Sale BBQ

They had tons of stuff, most of which they hadn’t put out yet, but I wanted to give them some cash to help them pay for practice time.

We hit a few more okay sales, hardly blogworthy, but okay. Then an “ally” sale.

In Ally

Karl made some comment about how that “would really bug English Major Jenny.” Then in true Jenny style I took the sign home with me. I was pretty stoked to find a small Le Creuset dutch oven for $10.

Karl kept wanting to hit a sale that started on Friday, and I was thinking if it’s so good why didn’t we hit it on Friday. Right? Well, she posted her ad after we already left for sales, and she told us at the sale that she had forgot to put the address in the ad.

Girls on deck

The sale had black velvet paintings, Elvis, vintage clothing and tons of other fun oddball stuff.

Rent Is High

Sadly, she was selling stuff to pay for her dog to get surgery.

Looking for new owners

One of the last sales we hit was a couple moving to Hawaii. Karl pointed and said “Look, Jay Reatard” while laughing. For the low low price of $35 was a crappy Flying V. Hmmm, should I buy it? Within about three minutes I called Jay and purchased the guitar. Karl thought this was a funny course of events.

Our last sale was the above mentioned “Free Pen Sale.” Okay, since I was called a bitch on the blog this week I almost feel bad saying this, but that is sort of the point of this blog, right? Anyway, at every sale there is a point when you should pack it up and go get lunch. Instead people become kooky with yard sale vibes by projecting their boredom onto the customers. In this case getting upset when someone won’t take a free pen.

An interesting day, not the most fruitful, but interesting.

Junk In My Trunk 8-22-09

9 Responses to Ally McSale

  1. Vonlipi says:

    Very entertaining as usual! It’s like I’m thrifting with you! Thank you you made my day! πŸ™‚

  2. Maryanne says:

    Whoa. Someone called you a bitch? Seriously, I just don’t get people. If you don’t like it here, keep walking. There are a million other places to be on the internet. (I love those Doc Marten’s BTW!)

  3. Meghan says:

    I haven’t even tried the shoes yet, thanks for reminding. Yeah. Odd, right? I guess it does say bloodbath in the title.
    Thanks for the nice words…

  4. Melissa says:

    Fab red phone and love the b/w Docs. You did much better than I did this week.

    PS: Let me borrow those shoes and I’ll go administer a double dose of kick-a$$ to your name-caller.

  5. Rhea says:

    We got a red phone just like that at our local recycling center. Someone just dumped a bunch of old phones on the ground and we picked out two pre-1975 red phones. They work great. By the way, I love your blog. But where the heck do you put all the stuff that you buy?

  6. Meghan says:

    Rhea,
    What do we do with everything? Well, we both own a ton of stuff (not hoarding-ish) but Jenny posted about this a while back. Here is a link.
    Thanks!

    http://www.yardsalebloodbath.com/2007/09/20/the-yard-sale-catch-and-release-program/

  7. Susanna says:

    Wow! You really took the whole bitch comment to heart didn’t you? It was merely my observation relating to your blatant decision to deliberately be a bitch to some innocent sellers on that particular day. BUT, it seems to have made you nicer! So, you’re welcome πŸ™‚

  8. meghan says:

    Susanna,
    I honestly don’t believe in deleting folks comments unless they are full on spam, but let me take a moment to tell you to go fuck yourself and have a *great* day!
    Meghan

  9. Jessica says:

    Are you saying you’re friends with Jay Reatard? My boyfriend would be so jealous.