A “Wikipedia” type history lesson reminds us of the meaning of Memorial Day. The holiday commemorates those who lost their lives in service to our country. Hip, hip, hooray for the military in the USA!
Patriotism aside, and without any disrespect whatsoever, the last Monday in May means some other, less noble things for many Americans. It is a vacation day with pay. It marks the beginning of the summer and the commencement of summer vacation. That in turn means you can wear white with impunity!
Most significantly to this column, anyhow, Memorial Day trumpets the announcement of the garage sale season in all its American glory. At this time of year folks are (or should be) experiencing garage sale nirvana.
The rain has wreaked havoc on the Midwest and Southern Plains this spring. It has toyed with our Memorial Day holiday plans and added another chapter in the woes and throes of Mother Nature. When the weather cooperates, this is the core of the garage sale season. When the weather does not cooperate, the impetus and motivation to attend or host a garage sale wanes, withers and dies. Homeowners may have finished their spring cleaning but they are reluctant to sit outside in tents, on driveways or under umbrellas during a storm (and that is probably a wise decision).
Clearly, the angst associated with helicopter rescues and flooded rivers, lost homes, cars and lives overshadows and far exceeds the disappointment of garage sale shoppers and sellers who are affected by rain, wind and storms. The disappointment will not last forever, nor will the rain!
A rainy season simply delays the garage sale cycle and makes each sale even more special.
- Expect more sales by individual homeowners in June and July.
- Expect more negotiation and bargaining at rained out sales.
- Expect a boat load of stuff at donation centers.
- Make the most of the garage sale you attend or host if sitting it out is not an option for you. That includes thanking those who participate.
Rain or shine, Memorial Day weeks means a garage sale at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Overland Park, Kansas. This indoor garage sale is held at this time of year, annually. They have done so during the week of Memorial Day for approximately fifteen years (give or take, plus or minus.)
The sale is now associated with the Parents Association and there are a few changes or breaks from tradition, as it were. Most notably is a difference in days for the sale. It is open on Thursday through Saturday. It will not begin on the Wednesday following Memorial Day this year.
The sale just keeps getting bigger and better. It has morphed and grown from two or so homes to the church and/or school’s facility. It includes multiple rooms, large and small, as well as the adjoining and surrounding hallways.
The hallways are literally wall to wall with hanging clothes and with furniture, ranging from sewing machines to beds to desks, from the antique to the gently used. There is a boutique type area for “high end” brand name, designer attire. There are tables overflowing with baskets, linens, electronics, holiday décor, knick-knacks and baby stuff. There is a wide assortment of art work and finer pieces along with jewelry. Toys, books, music (records and CDs) and movies are found in another room. Sports equipment is in the alcove. The miscellaneous abounds.
Chances are you will find a treasure in any nook, cranny, alcove, hall or room. PTA volunteers are hoping you will, anyhow!
The sale begins on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. It runs Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The sale will also be open on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Items will be 50% off on Saturday and there will be a bag sale on Saturday during the last hour of the sale. Bags are expected to cost $5.00 per bag.
The Church is located at 11300 West 103rd Street in Overland Park. Parking is limited to the sides and the back of the building.
Keep your fingers crossed for sunshine and more and more and more garage sales. Let your Garage Sale Examiner know what you do when it rains, garage sale wise that is. Tweet your garage sale examiner @agaragesale.