Monday, September 27, 2010

We went yard-sale-ing!

One of the joys of Saturday mornings in America--if you're in the mood-- are the ubiquitous yard sales (where one man's junk is another man's treasure), and this weekend we decided to venture forth.  Of course, we can't really buy much with the strict weight restrictions on suitcases these days, but we thought perhaps there would be a few small things at prices to match.

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.

4 comments:

Jane said...

Diane, I love following this adventure. I never go to yard/garage sales but maybe I should try one sometime. Here in SD there are hundreds every weekend.

lakeviewer said...

Well, you got some great bargains, regardless. Has school started yet?

Diane said...

We're homeschooling, so we started the day we arrived in Charleston, two weeks ago Wednesday--almost two weeks! Meanwhile, the kids have been in school here for more than a month.

J said...

Diane, I came across something you wrote years ago on a forum about driving in Italy. You were asking if it was possible to get an automatic car with duel commands in order to take the drivers license test in Italy. I am asking the same question now and was wondering if you ever got a good answer? Any information would be greatly appreciated. You can reach me at jcinitaly@gmail.com
Thank you!