Look­ing for stuff and other things to do?

Tri-County Vanguard - - OP-ED - HIS­TORY Kristy Her­ron her­ronkristyella@gmail.com

Let us think about it. Over the years we all ac­quire ‘ stuff’ that we still re­tain, although why is of­ten ques­tion­able?

As we get older much of our ‘stuff,’ although prac­ti­cal in years gone by and is in good shape, is just col­lect­ing dust. How­ever, there are things we do need so to find room ‘stuff’ must go.

We could just throw it away but it is far more en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble to share, do­nate or even try to sell the ‘stuff.’

I am not sure if that is the ra­tio­nale be­hind the 2nd An­nual High­way 217 Yard Sale, but it is a very prac­ti­cal mo­ti­va­tion. How­ever, I do know that or­ga­niz­ers and some par­tic­i­pants have an­other per­spec­tive. Many worth­while causes and ini­tia­tives are en­cour­ag­ing you to make the trek down the Digby Neck on June 9 be­tween 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (rain date June 10) to take ad­van­tage of their fundrais­ers that day as well.

The three groups col­lab­o­rat­ing and co­or­di­nat­ing are the Digby Neck Col­lec­tive, Digby Neck Farm­ers Mar­ket and The School­house Café. The Col­lec­tive states that they are “A group of Digby Neck res­i­dents work­ing to­gether to en- hance small busi­ness, so­cial events, well-be­ing and life in gen­eral for all liv­ing on the Neck.”

If you do not live on the Digby Neck or if you want to be close to the de­lec­ta­ble food served by the School­house Café, you can book a ta­ble at DNCS for the event. (Con­tact Melissa Mer­ritt at 902-3081669). Yes, the School House Café will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for break­fast, lunch and cof­fee. From my ex­pe­ri­ence, the cof­fee and the cook­ies are so worth the trip.

Last year, I made the ef­fort to wan­der down the in­cred­i­bly breath­tak­ingly scenic and peace­ful Digby Neck. In ad­di­tion to some prac­ti­cal items, I ac­quired some won­der­ful art­works and crafts that be­came very wel­come gifts for friends and fam­ily. I also was able to find some hearty plants for my gar­den, some Girl Guide cook­ies and the per­fect morn­ing cof­fee cup! This year my plans are to start at the Café for break­fast and go from there.

Not just for this event but for the sum­mer/fall ahead, I have some thoughts. Yard sales are an in­ter­est­ing diver­sion, but there is a cer­tain un­spo­ken moral and eth­i­cal code gov­ern­ing the sa­cred act of sell­ing one’s stuff. Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, a yard/garage sale is not an any­thing-goes, no-eti­quet­te­needed free-for-all. As in any so­cial sit­u­a­tion, there are cer­tain things you do or don’t do in or­der to be po­lite. Re­spect the posted times. The early bird does not al­ways get the worm, they may of­fend or hurt the ven­dor.

Walk­ing un­nec­es­sar­ily through the yard, step­ping in flowerbeds and block­ing neigh­bours’ drive­ways are def­i­nitely not re­spect­ful. While it is the seller’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to have ad­e­quate change, pro­duc­ing a $20 bill for a 25-cent pur­chase is ex­tremely in­con­sid­er­ate. Save small bills and change through­out the week for your Satur­day sale trip. Yard sales do not take In­ter­act. Here in ru­ral south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia we have man­ners. We are not loud or ob­nox­ious. We are kind and sup­port­ive. Carry that thought as you pe­ruse the ta­bles and wares of the folks di­vest­ing of ‘stuff.’

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