I L-O-V-E to people-watch. Growing up, the airport was like my second home and to this day there is something peaceful about sitting at the airport watching people hustle and bustle around. I find that even the most rigid people can not cloak their true nature at an airport. I think that’s why I love Ozarkers. They don’t mask who they are to anyone because that’s their culture. And that is so much fun to watch!
Recently I had a garage sale with my mum and boy was I ed-u-ma-cated!
There were the crazy people:
(I know you’re not supposed to do a bunch of posts that are lists, but for skimmers like myself, it makes for better reading.)
~ Apparently, once you turn 50, you must dye your hair platinum blond; stick on some Lee-press-on nails that are 3 inches long and the color of bubblegum pink; Walmart flip-flops with some Lee-press-on toenails –“Frenchie”-manicured but also 3 inches; teal green leggings and a long, white t-shirt….with no bra. I gotta make sure I get out of here by 45.
~ A scanner is nothing but “a copier” that one might be able to hook up to a meth lab to make more crystals. (…huh??!…)
~I love unique sayings or catchy one-liners: I heard all kinds, but one of my favorites was when this old guy saw a screwdriver set and yelled, “Well, I’ll be switched! That’s sexier than socks on a rooster!” (You can bet your sweet-bippy I’ve used that a few times already!)
~The Ozarks is probably one of the only places you can go garage sale-ing and buy a stuffed talking monkey for $1 and get 2 bags of some fine Mary Jane (that’s marijuana, Stacey!) No, it wasn’t my monkey they got it from. Waste not, want not! (just kidding, Mum.)
~It was mind-boggling how many people had to ask me what some things (every day items) were. “Well, maam, I’m sure you could use that as a washcloth, but most people use it as a table cloth.” “It’s luggage. People put their clothes in it to go traveling.”
Then there were the people that touched my heart:
~ Like the girl who was coming to the Baptist University to get her degree to be a Missionary to China. She had a studio apt by the school, with a mattress top on the floor and her clothes. And that’s it. She walked away with a couch, ottoman, and dishes. She was so happy and her parents thought it was a sign from God.
~Or the very poor family that was taking their 8 year old son garage sale-ing for his birthday. I made sure he made out like a bandit!
~And the Hispanic family who couldn’t speak a lick of English. They walked out with a fair number of clothes and kitchen items. I knew it was a survival purchase.
All in all it was a successful sale and many lessons learned.
It was a great day.