This week we started our yard sailing in Riverside RI. There was a “Multifamily” sale that started at 7:00. I picked up my yard sale buddy, Cousin Julie (aka Pricey) and we headed over. This yardsale was a disappointment. There were a ton of signs, and it was easy to find, but it was not a multifamily. It wasn’t even a multi table!! They probably had more signs up than items.
That was the only local sale that started at 7:00, and since we had time before the others, we headed over to an Estate Sale to sign in. Estate sales are fierce. This estate sale had run last weekend, so this week was the “Fill the bag for $3” so they could clear out the house. There was a sign up sheet out front, so we signed in.
I was #5 on the list. I signed in a “Lady Glitter Sparkles Seriously”. (I have been using this name lately as an homage to the movie “Trolls”, a film on heavy rotation in my family. If you have a 2 year old, you know where I am coming from.)
From there, we left to hit some other local yard sales. We hit 2 yard sales, found some items, and then returned to the estate sale. The estate sale lets 25 people in at a time, and we were in the first group to be let in. The place was pretty picked over since it was the second week. The person who owned the home was really into photography, and even had a dark room in the basement. I grabbed 3 dark room timers for $6 and headed out.
These are pretty cool vintage items. The hands and numbers on the black ones are glow in the dark. Photography items usually sell quick for me, and although I have never flipped these before, for $6, I couldn’t go wrong.
The last yard sale we went to was at a home right on the water in Barrington. The house had to be a million dollar home. (Barrington is one of the wealthiest communities in Rhode Island, hence a place I do most of my yard sale hunting)
There were a bunch of items, more modern stuff. In the corner of the yard, there was a display of old flat top beer cans. Next to the display was a huge box of more beer cans. I would estimate over 100 flat top beer cans. Now, I am not into beer cans, and usually I don’t buy a big box of items I don’t know if I can flip, but the price was $4. Again, at that price I can’t resist. There are some beer cans that sell for hundreds on eBay, and I figured if I couldn’t sell them, I could turn them in the for $.05 deposit in Massachusetts.
When I bought the cans, I handed $4 to the woman running the yard sale. She yelled out Schlemiel! Her daughter said “Mom, did you just make up a word” and she said to her daughter, It is a real word, it means clumsy.
I said, “I remember that was in the opening to Lavern & Shirley, and then I sang the opening to a show I watched probably as much as my two year old watches Trolls.
“Schlemiel! Schlemazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated! We’re gonna do it!”
I never knew what those words meant. And I don’t know if the woman was calling me a “Schlemiel” but when I looked it up, this is what it says.
Schlemiel: n, an unlucky burglar; chump; clumsy person (Yiddish)
Schlemazel: n, a very unlucky or inept person who fails at everything (Yiddish)
I hope I am not any unlucky burglar, because I did get those flat top beer cans at a steal!