Niagara Gazette


May 14, 2014

BRADBERRY: Weather, whether we like it or not

Niagara Gazette — One of the many consequences of this year’s extended winter weather has been the relatively late start of spring and our annual spring cleaning ritual. Having been delayed by weather’s other priorities, like too much rain, I really can’t blame it all on Mother Nature, procrastination may have a little something to do with the late start.

I just was not up to it.

A quick look around my immediate surroundings reveals just how much I accumulated during the long dark season. Now, in the clear light of spring, I am anxious to re-convert some of last winter’s acquisitions of what now seems like useless “junk” back into someone else’s precious “treasure.”

It’s time to get rid of some of this stuff so that I can make room for more.

So, like the many millions of flea marketiers, yard and garage sale devotees, and thrift store aficionados, including on-line second-hand shoppers, I am ready to hit the pavement, man the virtual fold-up tables and bargain for the best deals in the world as we know it!

And I am not alone. Some estimate that more than four million men women and children of every age hit the circuits every week trading, buying, and selling no less than $30 billion per year.

Some Saturday mornings, all over America see quiet residential neighborhoods converted overnight into mile after mile of yard, garage, and moving sales with everything you can imagine, and some things you can’t even begin to imagine for sale or swap; I have seen everything from false teeth to well-worn underwear sold at some places.

For me, and I suspect most, the idea of getting a good bargain is difficult to pass up, even if I have no immediate use, or sometimes, room for another good deal. That worn purple leather upholstered three-legged foot-stool I picked from a thrift store last winter seemed like such a good deal, now it’s just in the way…

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