Monday, September 27, 2010
We went yard-sale-ing!
The neighborhood where we are living had they bi-annual yard sale starting at 7 a.m and nearby Daniel Island had theirs on Saturday too. Pio got a set of golf clubs for his golf buddy in Italy and two golf bags--one beautiful leather, and one hard for airline travel--for himself. One of the clubs was identical to one he had bought for himself several years ago for $120...and he paid $20 for all. Because golf clubs are very expensive in Italy, even with the shipping costs his friend will be way ahead.
I got a nice light green leather 9West bag for myself ($1), a green bottle vase for a friend (25 cents) and an embroidered duvet cover for my king size bed that had just been dry cleaned (for more than the $5 I paid). Dante was out looking for some video games or consoles, but only found a free Rubric's cube (to drive us all crazy) and some more shorts--it's been quite hot and I only brought two pair with us.
Yard sales, at least in my area of Italy, are unknown. Maybe because:
A. they are illegal (because sales taxes can't be collected),
B .they are unpopular (because Italians don't like the idea of buying "used items" from strangers)...or
C. Italians just do not have a lot of extra stuff laying around they need to get rid of.
I suspect it's "all of the above"! Though there are some markets where used things are sold, I've never seen things placed out in front of a person's home (well, maybe eggs or honey or a used car for sale, but that's different).
Anyway, this was the way we spent our recent Saturday morning, American-style.