Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Quebec Laurentians, Townships, Gaspe and NY
My wife and I are avid garage-salers and flea-marketers, almost making a sport of it - even toying with the idea or writing a book, an article for the newspapers or maybe an app to connect garage sale listings to GPS, all in all, we've had great fun and good success over the years.
Except, in my neck of the woods its oh so rare to find anything remotely fly-fishing related, except this one time:
I was out with my old dad garage-saleing (I learned it all from him) and we were approaching this one sale in the van, and I was already scanning the items before the van was even parked. Before my dad (who was at the wheel) could even slow the car down, I had the door open and was rushing up to the vendor tables in a fit because of something I just saw.
This one smug gentleman was walking AWAY from the sale with three Scott rod tubes under one arm, two SAGE tubes under the other arm and a plastic bag clearly brimming with fly boxes and reels. I was too late!!!
Upon frantically inspecting what was left over, I picked up the scraps: an older Orvis Battenkill reel, a vest with a couple old knickknacks, an old trout net and one empty fly box. The price for all these items was only 5$. I can't imagine what the other fella paid for all that loot, but it musta been cheap the way he was beetling outta there fast as he could! It was indeed a widow's sale.
Literally, that event has haunted my dreams from time to time!
On another note, I did acquire my very first two-handed spey rod at a garage sale many years ago: a 15' 10/11 Flextec Speycaster. I had no idea what I was doing, but for 40$ I figured I'd give it a try. That 40$ turned into a countless fortune spent on the two-hander game!
Great thread idea!
Vive la vente de garage!