Question from a bemused reuser

joyfulguyMay 22, 2006

A week or so ago en route to the village I saw some interesting things with garbage by the highway.

Euro-Pro small mostly plastic vacuum with non-rotating brushes sweeping the carpet, head removable to allow installation of short flexible plastic hose, but no tools for hose. Clear plastic dust container, cyclone-style dust collection, straight-up tube adjustable-length handle (with addional built-in handle to use when using machine with hose). 800 number provided for info.

GE Bagel Switch 4-slice Toaster, switch "Bagel" or "Toast", "Cancel" button for each 2-slice unit, looks but little used, put out in its original box.

Steel-tube folding chair, card-set type wirh beige plaid fabric-covered upholstered seat, like-new condition.

Plus some other stuff, all of which looked so bereft that I felt that it really needed a home at my place (despite its being rather overloaded currently).

One of the churches that I attend is having a yard sale soon.

I told my son that I thought that I would put the toaster and the vacuum into the yard sale. He was somewhat perturbed, felt that I was out in left field doing such a thing. He (something of a pack rat, himself) thought that when someone puts things into a yard sale, there's an implicit warranty that goes along with it that they used it in their home earlier.

I asked him what he was talking about - that both of the items worked, so what was he fussing about? That if there were something wrong with them, I felt that I should make such information known to a buyer, but didn't feel that I should be under any such unstated obligation as he suggested.

Besides - this is a church-sponsored operation, (so no in-house residents [even mice?]).

A couple of friends - and someone on KT - can't see merit in his view.

What is your take on the situation, please?

ole joyful who doesn't want to be sneaky

P.S. Usually, it's Dad moralizing to son. A bit of tit-for-tat, here? He really looked to be serious, though.

o j

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Put them in the sale,someone else will be blessed by them.Your son must not do much yard saleing or that type of stuff.People do it all the time,self included.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2006 at 10:42PM
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That's the thing - he's done quite a bit of it himself.

When his sister was up from AZ with van and trailer to get her stuff fom her Mom's several years ago, and he was outfitting his apt., he did it largely with stuff from yard sales.

He's not averse to gathering stuff from garbage, either.

So he doesn't come exactly green to the game.

I was surprised to hear him say it, actually.

ole joyful

    Bookmark   May 22, 2006 at 11:36PM
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