Y'all, it was Pride in Boston last weekend and we'd accidentally committed ourselves to a weekend-long yard sale. THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN BACK HOME IT WOULD NOT EVEN BEGIN TO COMPUTE A LITTLE BIT. Anyway, our neighbors coordinated a big block party yard sale and we love our neighbors so we happily agreed, having never had an actual yard sale before.
We didn't realize the prep would be so much work! I started by purging each room individually, wildly underestimating the amount of time it would take to sift through and pack up each room (definitely a sign that getting rid of stuff is a step in the right direction). It is not unlike packing for a move (which is also sort of what this was, in a way, considering next summer will be our last here in Boston), except you just haul it all out into your driveway and hope people want it!
"Jonesey, do you think we're this weird when we're at yard sales and stuff?"
"OMG, no. Wait, maybe. Yes, probably even weirder, actually."
Yard Sale - Pros: We did get rid of quite a lot of stuff! It felt good to do an initial pass-through and do the whole "Is this currently bringing you joy?" litmus test and just gleefully let go of things. Rooms suddenly feel emptier and more open; I know exactly what's in those drawers (you know the scary ones). What didn't sell is packed up in boxes on our porch awaiting a donation pickup.
The people-watching was an unexpected high point. We met a handful of interesting folks and got to hang with neighbors in a really cute way. One of the dad neighbors bought his adorable little boy a brand new One Direction doll (it was Louie, if you must know, and belonged to the petite), and the way he clutched it with his matching hairstyle (but in glossy jet black) was so precious. And when someone attempted to hit-and-run their parked car late the other night, M knew exactly which house to go to and let them know what happened. Knowing your neighbors is so important!
Another sweet dad got his daughter our sunny yellow ukelele. One guy bought literally every single pair of M's trousers with his wife's nodding approval, another scooped up all but two of M's neckties and bow ties. Those moments were so great and heartwarming because the kids and grownups were just so excited about their new treasures and yay!
Yard Sale - Cons: We had some earlybirds show up despite the obligatory Craigslist warnings.
As I am not a morning person, seeing NO EARLYBIRDS on people's posts in the past has always kind of made me roll my eyes in a casually dismissive "please, nobody does this and it is not that serious" way, but I stand corrected.
They will straight up ruin your life/yard sale, and our setup process at the butt-crack of dawn (okay, 8am) was completely hijacked by earlybirds and we were too under-caffeinated/stunned by their audacity to shoo them away.
What are you supposed to do about them?! I don't know! It's bananas! JUST MIND YOUR MANNERS, EARLYBIRDS! When it was all said and done, we were pretty exhausted. Most people would be pretty beat after spending 10+ hours in the sun mostly on your feet negotiating with strangers without taking a single snack break, right?
"Are you having a champagne yard sale?"
"Yes. Yes, we are. That is what this is, it is a champagne yard sale. Welcome!"
And then Sunday we had a mini-version, only four or five hours. Once we got things packed back up, we hopped into JP for a super chill late afternoon BBQ, and it was just what we needed. Full of laughter and awesome music, good food, and a steady stream of refreshment in a beautiful backyard with rad folks and queers. We got home late and collapsed in front of OITNB S3, as you do.
I tried to convince M that these were "fancy sweatpants" and she gave me a stern look and said, "Those are fancy pants, you need to stop." OK, BUT BY MY AND JENNA LYONS' STANDARDS THESE ARE PUBLIC SWEATPANTS, SO SUE US. (Also, Jenna, I'm still here for you, girl. We can get through this together!) They're more tailored than leggings or jeggings or teggings or what have you, but not anywhere near as fussy as true black slacks would look. When I'm right, I'm right!
Here's a roundup of some other good stuff you should look at:
- Alabama Shakes gave a slow and gorgeous performance and Howard's floral maxi dress was too stunning!
- ALL HAIL FURIOSA, for she is to have her own comic series and that is definitely shiny and chrome
- San Francisco, you are breaking my heart
- We finished watching the first season of Sense8 — Anyone else? Thoughts, feelings?
- I like music and I like trans-inclusive spaces and if you do, too, you should check out this list that meets both criteria!
Off for drinks with my work mates, catch you bbs next time! Heart your shiny Pride faces!