Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sacred Life Sunday: Mindless Fun

Last weekend, I went to an estate sale in one of the more exclusive neighborhoods in Sacramento. (Yes, believe it or not, there are a few!) The sale is extending over two weekends. Last week, it was clothes. Today, it will be furniture and housewares. I'll be there when it opens.

The homeowner in this case is not dead. She is a doctor who was reassigned to Texas. Rather than pack up and move, she decided to sell everything. From the looks of things, she packed a suitcase and walked out the door. Someone bought her mustard yellow Mercedes and the clothes in the house could have easily filled a boutique. There were dozens of suede coats, designer dresses, pants, outfits, bathrobes. There were so many pairs of shoes that it was startling. I would guess at least 100.

On first glance, it would appear the woman has a serious shopping addiction. There were Maggie Sweet pants outfits that hadn't been removed from the cellophane packaging. Shoes that had never been worn. Designer outfits with the tags still hanging from the sleeves.

It must be nice to be able to walk away from an entire household and leave it all behind. I imagine her driving south on I-5 toward Los Angeles, I-10 toward Texas and the sense of freedom she must have been feeling.

Yard sales, estate sales and garage sales are all tremendous fun. It's a kick to go to the ATM, take out forty bucks and mindlessly shop. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Pretty housewares that are often in brand new condition. I've furnished more than one home exclusively through estate sales. There are always very good deals to be found. If I wanted to get political, which I don't, it's an excellent way to recycle things. Nothing goes to waste.

One of my shameless weaknesses is designer clothing. I might be as poor as the proverbial church mouse but refuse to dress that way. Last weekend, I bought designer outfits for ten dollars apiece. (I have to lose a few more pounds to wear them.) Two pairs of shoes. I even bought a jacket. These are things she probably paid hundreds of dollars for. I spent $43.21 and walked out with a full bag.

Today I will be looking for some of the housewares and appliances that I'm lacking for my move. I need a blender, a new microwave, an electric frying pan and a few other things. If there's some pretty flatware, I'll probably buy that. I already have a set of dishes from another estate sale... very high end. I paid $18.00.

All harmless fun!



Leann said...

I love estate sales. Especially Sundays where everything is half off!

secret agent woman said...

Oh, good for you! SOnds like you scored.

I wonder if the woman will quickly fill her new house with as much stuff?

Jamie said...

That sale sounds like a real find! Yea for you!

Have a good week. :)

meno said...

I think shopping at estate sales is the ultimate in consumer responsibility.

So, you are a very responsible person for your purchases! :)

AngelP said...

I am so jealous! I have never been to an estate sale. I have dreams of you showing me around and what to do and when to do it!!! It is so fun to do the things in life you enjoy. The things you don't have to do - the things you WANT to do.

Enjoy every find.

And along the way, teach me a few things.

Sometimes, there are too few pleasures in life.

You are a pleasure, Chani.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I love estate sales, too, plus the added bonus in San Francisco of seeing the insides of some gorgeous Victorian homes.

It would be interesting to know that woman's story - maybe it's not a transfer but witness protection. At least it's fun to think so. In any case, her loss is your gain, so happy shopping!

Border Explorer said...

A friend of mine cheers: "You beat the system!"

Added bonus: you keep that stuff out of the landfill for a while longer.

Good for you!

painted maypole said...

oooh... will have to check out estate sales! i'm already big on thrift stores, but this sounds even better!