“One man’s garbage is another man’s anniversary present"
- Hal, Malcolm in the Middle
It’s spring, time to think clean. It’s also time to get rid of stuff. Most folks put stuff in one place, an attic, a basement a hallway, a garage, where ever. But doesn’t it seem to be spontaneously regenerating. Up here in New Hampshire, we use our garage. It doesn't have cars in it, but tons of stuff sharing space with the chipmunks. Now it’s time. It’s time to free ourselves of some earthly possessions. And as Frugal Yankees that means only one thing - Yard Sale!
Some call it tag sales, yard sales, garage sales, barn sales, moving sales. It matters little. This folkloric event has not received any academic interest, so the history is appropriately clouded. Some maintain it came from the Romans. Seems those good soldiers of Caesar would hawk their plunder on the streets looking to make a few bucks, probably for a night on the town.
In the days of tall masts, a ship’s Captain would often sell off unclaimed cargo on the wharves. The French have a word, ‘arrumage’ which means ‘to pack with cargo'. Do you think we got the word rummage sale from them? Probably. Read more »