Thursday, July 14, 2011

Garage Sale Weekend

This weekend kicked off with a much anticipated garage sale.
Only in Renton does a customer at your garage sale ask you if you happen to have any firearms or pot for sale or trade.
Unfortunately for him, I had neither.
Is it even legal to sell guns out of your driveway?
That seems sketchy.
Pot, I hear is illegal too.

When my husband and I acquired our house , the previous owners left an awful lot of “things” behind.
We had lots of tools and mechanical parts, wood working stuff and odds and ends.
After finally sorting out the items we wanted to keep, we drug the rest outside to make some money.
We did pretty well.
 If anything, it was worth having the sale due to the fact that we met almost everyone on the street.
Since we have moved into our house, we have only met our immediate neighbors on either sides of us.
We go walking/running around the neighborhood often and I notice all the neighborhood homes but don’t know who lives in any of them.
This was a nice opportunity for people to stop by and say hello and every single one of them did.
 Even the two meth heads 5 houses down came by to say hello… or to case the place.
We found out the house across the street from us is abandoned.
Which was news to me!
I thought they just worked weird hours.

(not actual house)
The house next to that one is kept really well outside but according to another neighbor it is like an episode of hoarders inside.
Which explains why the blinds on all the windows remain shut 24/7. 
Everyone wanted to know if we were making any changes to the house or if we were keeping things as they were.
When we mentioned the upstairs each one of them would cringe and say something like
“ Oh what a mess it is up there.”
I guess they have all been inside the house before, which kind of creeps me out since I haven’t been inside any of theirs. (That they know of.....).
 One neighbor came by and introduced herself and said “ I live next to the house with the yipping dogs.”
Later that day the neighbor with the dogs stopped by.
That person said “ I live down the street in the house with the dogs.”
 I thought to myself “ Oh, I heard about you…”
I even had a neighbor tell me she would bring me plant clippings to add to my yard.
Maybe that was just a nice way of telling me I needed some landscaping done.
 Kind of like how the guy 3 houses down asked our friend next door if he needed to
“ Borrow a lawn mower” because his grass was getting high.
It was really just a nice way of saying
“ Hey, mow your freakin’ yard, it’s ugly.”
I suppose an anal yardscaper is better than someone with dead cars and a boat covered with a tarp though.
 So we really can’t complain.

1 comment:

Nikki said...

That is a great way to meet your neighbors! Our neighborhood is so unfriendly. We just had some nice new neighbors move in, but they had a domestic dispute the other day and someone called the cops.