I know it's that time of year when a lot of us go garage salin', or even get a sale ready for yourself and your family.  It can be a cathartic process, to shake off the old junk and make room for new junk. I had a garage sale a few years ago, and I swear, every time I have one, I say, "NEVER AGAIN."  There's so much work involved that I never thought about until I actually did one.  I had to take a day off work to get it all done.  You have to get change, you have to get prices set, you have to actually go through the dang closets and just let some stuff go.

Then there's the putting it out in the yard or garage.  You gotta box that stuff up and actually walk it out there, and then you have to try to arrange it in such a way to make it easy to see and buy.  It's a lot of work.I ended up selling a lot of old books and CDs, and what I didn't sell went to donations.

Turns out the family's going to have another one before too long.  My sister, this time, is getting a big yard sale together. I am to go through my closets and contribute whatever I want to get rid of.

I don't have anything.  At least, I don't think so.  Somehow I got a breadmaker in my last move, maybe that'll go.  I can't say I've ever made bread in my life, so that probably is a good thing to get rid of.  But then, as we were going through stuff, I came across a couple of things that violate that rule of garage sales.  The rule, as far as I could tell is, "If you haven't seen it or used it in six months, it 's gotta go."

I can't imagine anyone going to a garage sale and saying to themselves, "Hey, here's a letter jacket from 1997 with a bunch of little things on it.  Oh, and I see they had perfect attendance for a bit there!  This must be instantly added to my Letter Jacket Collection!"  Maybe there is such a person, but I'm not so sure I'd want to meet them.

What about you? Do you have stuff that you don't use, but you just can't sell?  Do you keep things for years that you just don't need?

Orchestrally yours,


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