over the weekend: garage sale-ing by bike
It’s been a relatively quiet weekend in our household as we stayed around the house and helped our roommate move out. Now our house is one adult emptier, one room larger, and ready for this baby to come and claim her spot. And she’s definitely on her way, as my growing belly can attest…
It was with her in mind that I decided to scour some of the nearby garage sales this weekend, hoping to find some cute baby items on the cheap. T. and I are both incorrigible bargain hunters (something that was instilled in both of us by our parents) and so we often spend summer weekends ‘garage sale-ing’ in town. Until today, however, I’ve always gone by car. The idea being that you want to be able to carry home the things you buy. But rarely do we get items truly that large that they necessitate transport in our car trunk. So this weekend, I plotted out some nearby sales and directions, threw a canvas carrier bag into my bike basket, and headed out the door.
The perks to garage sale-ing by bike?
- gratuitous excercise and fresh air
- discovering new streets in my neighborhood from a better vantage point than by car
- interacting with neighbors while out on the bike
- returning home satisfied despite the sales being a bust (because the ride was a blast)
I reasoned that if I did find some larger items that could only be carried home via car, I could buy it and return for it with my vehicle. In the end, I was happy to have gone by bike since my few findings fit in my bag and although I didn’t leave the sales all that satisfied, I at least had a fun bike ride to show for my afternoon.
The next time you’re hitting those neighborhood events – garage sales, summer festivals, events in the park – consider leaving the car at home and biking there instead. Especially if you’re sticking to a less-than-5 mile radius. By the time you’ve found a place to park, your bike ride will actually get you there quicker. And not to mention cheaper. Happy cycling!