“Well, that doggie is a special doggie. It came from Asia in the 1600’s with a group of immigrants that were looking to make a new life selling lamps in Canada that looked like little doggies. They perished at sea in 1697, and this lamp is the only thing that survived. It was in the possession of the Russian Czars for a while and then eventually ended up in Chicage at the turn of the century. I really think I should get $10.00 for it.”
“Cool, would you take 50 cents?”
So went most of the day of selling my last 30 years. I found it unfathomable what people valued. A nice piece of Murano glass would sit be sitting on the counter. A roll of aluminum foil would be in the drawer underneath…yeah, they wanted to buy the aluminum foil. “Did you notice that this is ‘Reynolds Wrap, not generic?” (that one little comment was worth and extra 25 cents!).
I am so happy that Josh was here to guide me through this new world. I would have probably hit an old woman by the end of the day, but I took his cues. He had a finesse that I will never achieve. “You know what Lady? I said the mixer was $5.00. No, you can’t have both the tongs and the mixer for $2.00…I’d rather throw both of them away.” She walked. Josh would have gotten $3.00, but I threw them away. While both the old lady and I felt triumphant, in actuality, we both lost. C’est la vie.
All in all, I’ve succeeded in creating enough space in the living room to play tennis. While that really wasn’t my goal, I’ve managed to book the LA Tennis club for mixed doubles indoors tomorrow at 3:00pm. Hopefully they will want to buy that freakin’ mixer. I’ll dig it out of the trash. It’s on sale for $2.00 and I’ll throw in a pair of tongs.
(And, Oh!…a special call out to a couple of friends. Jill: You’re still the best even though you wear Uggs sometimes. You brought a sense of levity that was sorely needed , and the food is still nourishing me another day on. Anthony: You stayed for cleanup when everyone else left…that kind of sacrifice is never missed by me. I’m really appreciating our new friendship.)