For all the father’s out there, yesterday was a particularly great day. A day to be with your family, and especially, your kids.
I woke up early yesterday thinking about what I’d like to do with my son that day. I decided it was the perfect day to give him the bicycle I had recently purchased and put together for him. He was overly excited until we both realized he was still a bit too small to reach the pedals.
I then had to come up with a new plan and decided it would be a great day to take him to his first garage sale. This might seem like an odd choice, but I was first exposed to garage sales when I was right around his age, and I truly think it taught me a great deal of important lessons. I learned the value of money, the value and history of collectibles, and perhaps most importantly, I learned how to interact with people of all different backgrounds. And I learned all this from going to and throwing garage sales. So why not start my son out a few years early by taking a trip to a few different sales.
It was a fantastic day, not only because I was able to teach my son a bit about one of my life’s passions, but also because we found a few great items. We found a 5-string banjo with its original case for $35 as well as an antique, hexagonal, bamboo fishing rod for $25. After a quick bit of research, I found that I could sell each for over $100. If I took the time to clean up the banjo a bit, I could probably resell it for closer to $200. Not a bad find!
The moral of my little short story here (apart from the usual message of using a smart phone to help you find undervalued items such as these) is to be sure to take time out of your day to be with your children. And instead of taking them to the ball game, maybe it’s time to take them to a garage sale. Teach them early. It’s a hobby that could take them far.
Hope you had a happy Father’s Day!