Home' Otago Southland Farmer : October 5th 2012 Contents 12
with Juliet Selbie
Clearing Sales and Garage Sales
New Zealanders love a bargain which is perhaps why farm clearing sales and garage sales are so popular
After all, one man's junk is supposedly another man's treasure -- or so I am told.
Only having been to one farm clearing sale which was an interesting experience in itself, and now one
garage sale which was a huge insight into 'Kiwi' attitude, after attending the latter I am left with a
somewhat sour taste in my mouth.
The farm clearing sale was one of the largest to be had for some time. Farming equipment, some of it
collected up over several generations, was put up for sale and brought forth a line-up of bargain hunters
-- in fact so long was this line, those registering were still being processed half an hour into the start of
However, with the range of goods on sale, most
attendees left with numerous bargains under their belt
(or in their truck or on a trailer) and happy smiles on
The same could also be said for those attending
this garage sale which was HUGE -- everything from
vehicles and gardening gear through to furniture and
kitchenware was for sale, all in excellent condition and
extremely top quality items.
But for the people holding the event, it proved to be
a demanding and exhausting exercise and a real eye-
opener on attitude.
The sale was to last for three days, testimony to the
amount of gear being put up for
sale, with advertisements prior
to this, advertising specific start
times for the three days.
However, mention and advertise
a garage sale and it seems to
mean that manners, respect,
consideration and logic seem to fly
out the door.
The hordes descended like vultures
on the sale, with no respect
for stated start times or the person's property, with people on site early, some knocking on the door at
daybreak, while many others lined up and anticipated being able to access the sale sooner than advertised.
Nor was there much respect for the prices allotted on the articles -- which were all at bargains prices
anyway -- with many expecting these to be lowered
even further than stated.
By the second hour of the second day, the owner and
those who had fortunately come along to help them,
One of the kindly helpers had tried to warn the sellers
about the intensity of Kiwis at a garage sale, and
initially when she offered to assist, her kindness was
declined with the thought from the owners that they
could "handle it."
"Ohhhhhh, you don't know about Kiwis and a sale, do
you??" was her response.
The sellers had NO IDEA!! Fortunately for them, she
decided to stay and help.
Sure there were some very nice, very considerate
people with whom it was a pleasure dealing, but the
actions and attitudes of many have left quite a sour
taste in the mouths of others.
Maybe deep within ourselves, we do retain some of
our ancestral traits of raping and pillaging -- certainly
those are the thoughts which came to mind after
witnessing and also experiencing some of what went
on at this garage sale.
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