We first stopped at what we thought was THE yard sale, but it turned out to be ANOTHER yard sale. This became apparent as we pulled in the driveway. There were a lot a car parts for sale. This wasn’t what we were looking for, so we beat a hasty retreat. However, I did get a good photo of some large vehicle letters, ones that spelled out the word F-0-R-D.
We continued down road, and soon we came to the place we were looking for. Numerous cares were in the driveway. I remarked to Pete that even early on Friday morning that the serious yard salers were out.
I quickly deduced that all the sale items had been carefully organized, and some of were in boxes on the trailer floor. On the way I stopped and examined an English saddle that had been made in Argentina. It cost $125.00. It had possibilities, that is until I examined the underside and noted that in places it had been sewn.
I made a beeline for the rest of the tack, some of which had been hung up inside a trailer, and some of which was in plastic boxes on the trailer floor. I discovered a box containing grooming equipment and riffled through it. It mainly contained beat up horse body brushes and horse tail brushes. I did find a nice tail brush. I decided to ask the person in charge if the items in the box were for sale, figuring that if it all went for less than $12.00 that this would be a good deal, since this was how much the brush was worth. I was told the items were being sold individually, and so moved on, tail brush in hand.
I went back to examining the trailer’s interior. I didn’t see much of interest until a black and blue lead rope caught my eye. I grabbed it and took it and the brush over to the yard sale organizer.
“$2.00 for both,” she said. I smiled and took it and the brush to Pete, who had decided to purchase a large ice chest – as he told me, it would come in handy when he went dip netting in Chitna later this month.
Pete paid for our purchases, and I continued to look around. I considered taking on a book on old barn construction and a small wooden chest with a broken latch. However, I went with Pete’s indirect comment (which took the form of indifference) and put both non-purchases back in their place. This was tough because by now, yard sale fever had set in.
As we walked back to our car, I reminded myself of a few things. The first is that we don’t have a lot of money, so right now, extraneous purchases are out. Secondly, each item acquired takes up space and requires care. Thirdly, money spent on things one already has is a form of bad consumerism.
I was well aware that I violated all the above axioms by purchasing the brush and lead rope. First of all, $2.00 spent is $2.00 less in the hay fund. Secondly, I will have to clean the brush so that our horses don’t get cooties, and also make a space for the rope. Most likely I’ll hang it on the outer tack room wall. Thirdly, I did not need these items. I have lots of lead ropes and a new and nearly identical tail brush. (Pete recently got this for me as a present, new from Animal Food Whorehouse.)
But ohh, I really like this lead rope. I had one like it before, but Siggi chewed it up. And it has a really nice snap, the kind that enables one to quickly attach it to the halter. And I really like this brush. It’s wide and round, and has a good feel in the handle.
Yep, I did violate my rules. However, I’m pleased to have shown such constraint in not purchasing other things, like additional lead ropes and brushes. And I did not do as I very much wanted to do, which was to suggest to Pete that we spend the entire day going to yard sales.
Next: 171.6/22/14: Solstice Ride