If a woman’s instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage (Gloria Stienem), then my instinct to roll the dice comes around every Saturday. Garage sale day. Which is to say that not everything I purchase is a wise investment… like buying alcohol at yard sales.
Garage sale booze is not an everyday household thing like, y’know, baby clothes and strollers, but on the other hand, it’s not exactly rare. I’ve purchased wine and liquor more times than I can remember. Sealed, of course. I didn’t need to say that but I just wanted to be clear anyway. But seriously, WHO would sell spirits at a yard sale?
1. Disgruntled giftees. Boxed holiday sets have found their way into the back of my car many times. Usually for about one-third to half of what they’d sell for retail. I find these in upscale neighborhoods, and they’re often something that doesn’t tend to mix easily with anything other than milk or coffee.
2. Soured wine enthusiasts. Wine is more common than liquor. With the advent of wine clubs, the excess has spilled over to yard sales. Such as the refined lady who lived on a very steep hill and bought pinots by the case in an effort to develop her palette and win favor with a prospective mate. But the relationship went south and she discovered she really didn’t like wine at all. (On a side note, excess wedding champagne is another item cycled out regularly.)
This past weekend the best of both worlds came together. A moving sale with a Christmastime bottle of VC Champagne for only $2.!!! But here’s the gamble: It’s from Christmas 2007.
Did I buy a bubble-less bottle of bubbly? Or is this the buy of the year? Next week my hubby and I have our 10th anniversary and I’ll find out.