What’s the best thing I’ve ever found at a garage sale? Many people have asked me this question. Well, let me tell you, there have been many things worth talking about. My favourites though are mostly antiques, especially tools or toys. I guess I’m kind of a nostalgic person and anything that might have an amazing story, really intrigues me. When I pick an antique up I can almost hear its story whispering in my ear.
I love stories (I hope you are enjoying this one) and there’s a plethora of
untold stories that are hidden inside old antiques. Since inventing GLICKIN, I look at antiques a little differently. To me, Glickin is the greatest garage sale app on the planet, and when I look at an antique, I know that whoever invented that particular thing, must have thought the same thing about their invention when it was new. So when I look at an old hand crank drill, for instance, all I can think of is what the world must have been like for that to have been the greatest way to drill, at that point in history. I’m not just looking at the drill, I’m imagining a world without electricity, without electric motors, without cheap plastic manufacturing and one where people actually made their own stuff when they needed something. I love the thought of that.
I think we are so lucky to live in this high-tech world. A world where information is a click away, heat and water is on demand, and there is plenty of food; so much so that we have to watch what we eat instead of going out to look for it. It is so amazing, and I sincerely appreciate the inventions that have come before and have brought us to this point. All great ideas are an evolution of a previous one. When that hand crank drill first came out, many a man stood around drinking beer in awe of it and now we have all kinds of cordless tools that do the same job at exponentially greater speeds and for probably half the cost.
Now among my favourite finds of individual items, like old clocks made in Canada, original tools made in the USA, or glassware and coffee makers from Italy, I would have to say that my greatest garage sale find of all is the one I find at every sale: The people. I love meeting new people and what better way than at a garage sale. Where else can you walk right up to someone, in their own space, and talk to them about their things? Every item they have has a story to go with it, for the most part. I don’t think there is a better or easier way to meet new people. I love garage sale-ing for many reasons; prices, treasures, and the feeling you get when you find them, but the best finds are the friends, that I make all over the country.
Do you have a great or favourite item you found garage sale-ing? It’s bragging time! Tell me in the comments below.