A house mate of mine loved that show, Antiques Roadshow. I used to tease this house mate by saying it should really be called Old Crap on Parade. It is always a surprise--what things are worth, which things bring in the big dollars, who would pay the perceived worth, how it all changes lives. HW recently hosted a yard sale.Â We collected Old Crap for a couple weeks. Walked 100 fliers around the neighborhood. Put up signs. Filled the garage with tables of stuff. And then opened for business. All told, we made a bit over $300. Not bad since the bulk of items were a quarter. While this money will pay our rent at the Pilney for a couple weeks, the sale served other purposes. Let me name a few:
- We were invited to pare down, clear out, evaluate what we need, exercise generosity.
- Wealth was redistributed. Because, truly, there is enough to go around.
- We were able to have one-on-one conversations with shoppers. They saw the â€œAll Proceeds Go to Humble Walk...â€ sign on the wall. Some asked questionsâ€”connections were made.
- We were able to witness the excitement over finding a treasure. The 80-year-old, shopping for her grandson going off to college (toaster oven). Or for the public health care worker shopping for toys for the waiting room (blocks). Or for the owner of a rat, seeking a home (ferret/rat cage). Or for the parents of young children, seeking good quality clothes (bags and bags of clothes).
- I'm writing this from Rudies Coffee Shop on West 7th...just down the way from Joseph's Coat. We brought most of the leftover clothing and toys/books to Joseph's Coat, who in turn give them all away. Â I see Joseph shoppers walking by Rudies window with bags filled with goods we were willing to share.
- During worship on Sept 13, we will decide as a community how much of the yard sale money we would like to shareâ€”and who we want to give it to.
The Humble Walk yard saleâ€”a tiny/powerful revolution. Who knew?