|Fri June 8 2012 12:38:34|
What Item Did You Pass Up That You Most Regret?
By: Julia Wilkinson
We all have that *ONE* thing that we passed up at a yard sale, estate sale, auction or flea market that in retrospect, we really wish we had bought. What is yours?
I'll share my story. Well, this is really only my most recent story about what I passed up, because I know there are others. When those big boo-boos happen, I try to keep in mind what I read in one book about "picking": think of those mistakes as an "investment in your education." Still, those "coulda-beens" can really grate on us.
Recently I was at an estate sale, I'd say of medium quality, and I was there in the morning but not at the very opening. When I got to the rec room downstairs, I noticed stacks and stacks of records on the carpeted floor. (That's "records," as in albums, or vinyl...those of you born after 1990 may not be able to relate!).
I leafed through them and noticed that many of them were still new-in-shrinkwrap, and there were several Herb Alperts that I knew from a quick check on my iPhone would resell pretty well. And, there were a lot of classical albums, too...I could tell it was a really nice collection, but there were really too many to sit there and look them up individually. There was no price on any of the albums. However, if the price was right they would probably be worth buying in bulk.
At this point, I had already gone through checkout once, and was on my second pass-through of the house...the first time I didn't really think much about the albums. But the line was long right then, and I was really hungry and needed to go to the restroom. I decided to go home, eat, and then come back right away, when I could pick through them more methodically. Well, I got back about 45 minutes later, and went down to start leafing through them again. "These are all sold," I suddenly heard. It was the estate sale company owner slapping a "sold" sign on each stack.
"Yep; he got them all for a dollar each," he continued in a satisfied voice. My heart sank and anger boiled in my veins. Why didn't I just ask about a bulk price when I got the chance? Now this guy was going to get the fun of going through all of them one-by-one and seeing which ones were going to sell for big bucks.
Ah, well. Maybe next time? What's your story? Do you have a "one that got away"? Or more than one? Post a comment here!