One of the best things about garage sales, for me anyhow, is the excitement it creates. There is an undeniable pitter patter in my heart, an extra skip in my step, and a sparkle in my eye when I find a certain something that I want (or better yet, need). It is a feeling better than or equal to…hmmm… the taste of chocolate. (Men might make a slightly different comparison!)
If you love garage sales, you know precisely what I mean.
It could be a long winter (especially for folks subject to an October Nor’easter) and a long time to do without chocolate, I mean garage sales. Until the real thing is omni-present (like 5 x a week), we will just have to make do.
Just for the heck of it (humor me here), let’s start by expanding our definition, so to speak, of garage sales. Let’s include all things where a bargain can be found and had.
Halloween is the perfect occasion to do just that. Merchants are just clamoring to capitalize on the day and they are okay with trading treats for your patronage.
No tricks! If you wear a costume or act Halloweenish, you may get a free donut at Krispy Kreme. Rumor is that Chipotle will reward your behavior with a discounted item to chomp on from their menu (I hear tell that it is a burrito or taco for $2). IHOP boasts a scary pancake for the kiddos and there may be an appetizer in your Halloween future if there are any TGI Fridays in your locale.
Check out the web sites of these merchants or like them on their Facebook pages, for the details and the gory details (terms and conditions, legal stipulations, etc.) to get these treats. You may be presently surprised and pleased with the result.
It is not quite as good as a garage sale treat, but on Halloween, in the snow or cold, or on a plain ordinary Monday, it might be just the ticket. (And if not, there is always real chocolate available on 10/31 and probably more at a discount on 11/1!)
Happy hunting, I mean, haunting! Arrgh!!!