I’m a sucker for a salesman. I could be talked into needing a rotating plastic hanger if someone knocked on my door selling one. It’s my sympathetic heart. I actually feel bad for salesman, so I’ll listen to them and feel like I need to buy something from them…just because.
I’ve been sold on vacuum cleaners, sets of knives, and even this aerosol spray that promises to remove marks, stains, and spots from just about any surface possible. A college student once cleaned everything from my tires to crayon on my son’s wall. I was convinced I needed a case of miracles in a spray can.
FringeMan doesn’t let me answer the door anymore.
Deep down I wish I were a good salesman myself. I don’t know why, but I’m always drawn to sales jobs. I get a rush when I talk someone into making a purchase. It’s not quite as good as eating chocolate, but it’s better than cleaning the toilet.
Do you know what I mean?
I’ve failed miserably at sales jobs in the past. You think I would take a hint, but no. If nothing else, I’m determined and just a bit stubborn. So from time to time, I try my hand at selling things. In recent years it’s been selling vintage type items on Ebay, Craigslist, or at yardsales. Sometimes I just throw a coat of paint on some wooden table I pluck from the trash and then sell it for a slight profit. Since I’m still furnishing my own home with castoffs, it’s pretty obvious that I’m not making a bundle, but I do generate some cash every so often.
I’m intrigued by how value goes up or down according to geographic location. For instance, I bought an old chenille bedspread in Maine last summer for $2. I sold it at a yard sale in Long Island for $10. I saw the same bedspread being sold here in Upstate NY for $5. Go figure!
Some of you do this “antiquing/junking” for a living and others stay clear of fleamarkets/yardsales/antique stores because you cannot stand the thought of sitting your bottom on a cushion that someone’s grandpa may have fluffed.
Regardless, how much do you think this trunk is worth? It’s used as FringeMan’s nightstand.