Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Musings - 9 July 2012

"We can't all, and some of us don't. That's all there is.
" - Eeyore

I read a blog about the fairness, or lack thereof, of starting a sale early.  You know, the paper lists an 8 a.m. start time, but the seller actually starts selling at 7 a.m.  Therefore, you miss all the good stuff by playing by the rules, and showing up at the published time.

Obviously, the seller is master of his (or her) domain, and can start the sale any time he/she wants to.   But does the seller have an obligation, an implied social contract, if you will, to be fair to all potential buyers by starting on time?

I think not.

When it comes to yard/garage sales, my motto is if you aren’t early, you’re late. I wouldn’t show up for an 8 a.m. sale at 6 a.m., just out of consideration, but I have been known to show up shortly after 7 in the off chance that the seller is ready to sell. And, more often than not, even if the seller is not completely ready, he/she is more than proud to let me start sifting through her items.

Church sales, at least in my area, are notorious for starting on time.  8 a.m. means 8 a.m., even if there is a line of 25 to 30 people waiting outside in the cold, begging, cash in hand, to be let in.  I’ve stood in lines like that, and I see absolutely no sense in keeping the doors closed when you have people ready to buy.

On a related topic, I learned on Saturday, thanks to Ella, who is in Ohio, that most sales in Zanesville start at 9 a.m.  9 a.m.?  Are you kidding me? By 9 a.m. here in Georgia, I’ve been working/thrifting for more than two hours.

Speaking of Saturday in Georgia, it was slow, slow, slow, both sales-wise, and yard/garage sale-wise.

I did find a few items, though, including a basketful of Eeyore merchandise, including several talking plush, a couple of shirts, a hat, a picture frame, key chain, etc. Hopefully, there will be an Eeyore fan out there in eBay land.

I also added a couple of more Nerf guns to my arsenal, including an apparently rare red Scout IX-3 pistol.  I finally got around to listing them, but still have to list my Nerf rifles.

That’s about it.  How was your weekend?

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  1. Around me most sales start after 8 am. I often see people still setting up closer to 10 am. I prefer early ones because you end early and still most of the morning ahead of you.

  2. Sales here also don't get going until 9-10 am. They might be setting up earlier, but we have been told no numerous times for showing up early and asking to look. We don't bother to leave anymore until just before 9.

    Our church sales are the same way. Lines of people, won't open until the designated time (which is usually 8 am), and all the good stuff gone by 10.