As I wait to see who will arrive at the Hoop Pole Estate Sale on day four of the sale and the last day, I can’t help but think of this Estate sale as journey, similar to a train trip. The house is the train, the journey is the sale, and the passengers are the attendees. The trip as it unfolded.
Saturday the first day of the journey started out as a snowy mess. The snow started as slush, turned to rain then settled in as snow. The conductor decided it was too dangerous to leave the station. Sale postponed until tomorrow. There were some fearless travelers who came despite the weather. Disappointed, they turned back. Sunday came with less weather and a steady flow of passengers. Where is the piano? You had pictures of tools. Do you still have the American Heritage pool table? Where is the John Deer Tractor? Will you take $20 for this electric trimmer? How much for the gaming machine? Is the house for sale? Wow look at the indoor pool. Is this the last day of the sale? What kind of wood is the card table made of? Do you have any 45’s? I came from Fairfield, I was here yesterday. Faces, canes, walkers, children with a stuffed santa dangling from their little hand. A collector bought cat’s meow for her husband’s birthday. Someone else bought St George Church Cat’s Meow to give to the church. Disney Storybook Ornament’s were bought for the grandchildren. Thirty-three responses from people wanting the generator. A couple bought a back pack to give to the homeless, a couple bought kitchenware for their daughter who was getting married, a dad bought some folding tables for his son however ended up giving it to his brother in hospice. As the day came to an end there was a lull and a couple came through with their daughter and they shared with us that they were new to the area and they liked the Baldwin Baby Grand. The beautiful finish, the lovely sound would work well in their music room. As the day ends and everyone goes home with treasures, gifts, goodies and promises to come back. Similar to a train trip when you return home you remember all the wonderful travelers you met and you are grateful for the station that gave you the platform to meet and greet so many wonderful people. On we go setting up for the next trip. Life is a journey. Estate Sales punctuate the journey.