The Art of Garage Sale-ingFebruary 29, 2008
I am very excited. I checked the local neighborhood paper, and there are MANY garage sales listed for tomorrow. I go ‘saleing’ every chance I get on Saturdays because that is where I find my treasure trove of props for my still lifes. You find things you cannot possibly buy in stores–things that would be outrageously expensive in antique stores. It is the most fun a still life painter can ever hope to have. See the little piece of cloth in the painting above? That was one of my finds. It is just a piece of cloth that looks like something from the Middle East. I paid 25 cents for it. It has a beautiful texture and I feel as if I had ROBBED those poor unknowing people who sold it to me. The pot also came from another garage sale.
It becomes an addiction once you get into saleing. You get your map planned out the night before based on the ads. You know which ads are bogus and which are not. Believe it or not there are hidden clues. Sometimes you take a chance. You find your heart rate increase as you get near a sale. I am very good at maneuvering for a parking space. I am totally down with parallel parking. That is once you have made the initial pass to see if it is a sale worthy of you. I can scan a load of crap way fast. You ALWAYS dicker over price no matter what. That cloth above started at 35 cents. It makes you feel like a heroin addict who got her fix but will have enough for the next fix too. God fobid you should walk away from an entire Saturday with nothing. That just cannot happen. You end up buying a token souvenir just for the principal of the matter at the last sale you go to.
Ooooh I can’t wait. I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep tonight.