I truly didn’t want to have another garage sale, but my husband talked me into it. You see, we finally sold his 1969 elCamino and that meant he didn’t need the tools he used on that car. The best way to sell those old tools was a yard sale.
We put an ad in the paper, priced everything and put up the signs. It was to start at 8:30 on a Saturday. We were waiting patiently and finally a strange looking vehicle pulled up the driveway. There were feet and legs sticking out of every window and we thought we counted at least 20 people inside the vehicle. Slowly the doors opened and my mouth dropped to the floor….first out was Nancy Canfield, followed by the sister, the nieces, the nephews and all great nieces and nephews and Trouble the dog. I think they had Frank locked in the trunk.
No sooner had that group mobbed the garage when another out-of-state car pulled in. The female driver was waiving and shouting “Hello Grennie” all the way up the hill. She had blond hair and had giant photos of her grandkids mounted to the door frames…it was Cathy Montvilleand I was so pleased to see her. She even brought a few bottles of her daughter’s wine.
Cathy and I were just lifting our glasses in a toast when a line of cars started kicking up dust….first up was a car with New York plates….Yankees….John Myers (who kept referring to himself as “Johnny Driver”), Michele Starkey, Lady Samantha, Tony Jingo, Julia Bodeeb, Angel Vee, JerseyNana and Kathy Minicozzi all piled out…wait, they picked up Patricia Sicilia in Philly and Doc Kristie Leong, Magena Fawn and Charlotte Kuchinsky in Virginia and Saul Relative in WV. After greetings all around, they headed to the tables in search of bargains.
I was running out of change (they were nickel and dimming me to death these big time spenders!) so I raised all the prices but no one noticed because a school bus, driven by none other Catherine Spencer, was advancing toward us. When the bus stopped, out came Shirley Norling, Christine Zibas, Linda Louise Johnson, Jan Corn, Kofi Bofah and Dan Reveal. They had also stopped in Tennessee for Gayle Crabtree, Mike Hatz, Amanda Cartwright.
Things were truly getting out of hand by the time Jennifer Wagner showed up – she made a wrong turn on her way to Ohio and picked up Lori Lane on the way. Just as all the introductions were made another vehicle loaded to the gills with the Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana crews arrived, including Memmay Moore, Janet Hunt, Donald Pennington, Karen Gros, Leslie Ann and John Campbell, Wendy Dawn, Deb Evans, Michael Segers and Sunshine Wilson.
Oh wait, that’s not all – another car arrived with Mike and Mary Oberg and Maria Roth…naturally Mike had his camera, or should I say cameras with him. Since he loves flower photos I pointed him toward some ‘weeds’ and told him they were native Tennessee wild flowers…you will see them later in his slide-show I’m sure!
Since we were well over the weight limit for the garage, it was time to lock the gate and take down the signs. Then we saw it, the final car heading our way – it had a blinking sign on the top that said “The AC Crew” and out came Darnell, Brenna, Jelena and Heather. They had their laptops in hand and were logged into the forums putting out fires as they approached the garage.
We read in the paper the next day that the traffic jam on Highway 64 through Bradley County, TN was jam packed with cars that didn’t make it to the garage sale. Cars full of all the other AC writers, you guys know who you are…..next time leave earlier, we are hours ahead of the west coast remember!
A fun time was had by all. They shopped, talked, cried, laughed, drank wine, swam in the pool, played with Abby, had perfectly grilled corn on the cob and burgers….all while I sat and counted the money….all $3.59 of it.
We had a wonderful time getting to know each other. But let me tell you, while they are a great bunch of folks, they sure don’t spend money at a garage sale! Anyone need any car tools – cheap?
Abby’s creative mind