I absolutely love thrifting and shopping at garage sales.
I remember being towed around town, sometimes across state lines, by my old aunt Joan because she had heard about some hot item or sale happening from one of her many friends or coworkers who also loved thrifting.
Sometimes she’d wake me up in the wee hours of the morning so we could get there first, and not miss out on the best items. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that a lot of these items could be bought for cheap and sold for much higher, especially with the advent of the internet. On one such expedition, I found a quality air conditioner for sale, and it was relatively new. I asked the proprietor of the garage sale to plug it up for me to make sure that it worked properly. When he did, this a.c. pumped out the coldest air I had ever felt. This was an older air conditioner but it worked like it was brand new. He told me he had bought it for his daughter the year she went to college but she wasn’t coming back home and he was moving into a smaller home since he didn’t want to go up and down the stairs anymore. I sold the air conditioner unit within a couple of weeks after I cleaned it up a bit. The lady I sold it to asked me if I could install it for her which was a simple enough task. She paid me twenty dollars for the installation which made me even happier. From that day onwards, I too, became a huge fan of thrifting.