Then there are garage sales, which, in Minnesota, are often events that stretch an entire block – sometimes even an entire neighborhood – in selling things the owners no longer care if they have.
Starting Thursday and going on for the next two days, former Minnesota Vikings head coach/Hall of Fame legend Bud Grant is opening the doors to his house (or at least the front yard and the garage) for his annual garage sale.
Grant made news a couple of months back when he announced that, at long last, he was going to join Twitter. Turns out, it was just to promote his garage sale.
You didn’t find any nickel and dime items at the Grant garage sale. There were bargains to be had, but the real buys were not necessarily for the items purchased, but, as they are wont to say on Antiques Roadshow, it’s the story that comes with the purchase that makes it valuable.
HIGHEST Bid wins.... currently at 1200.00 pic.twitter.com/B1yCuwKGo1— Bud Grant (@HPBudGrant) May 21, 2015
Shoppers of all kinds showed up for the first day of the sale and it wasn’t the $25 autographs or the retail-priced tackle boxes that made the venture to 8134 Oakmere Road in Bloomington. To the neighbors, it’s an annual nuisance, like being in the vicinity of Max Yasgur’s farm – complete with a cul-de-sac to make traffic drive in circles.
Ever the coach, Grant took to Twitter to admonish those coming to the hallowed grounds to park politely and no early-birds allowed. He enforced that wish with a whistle around his neck to blast, if needed to interlopers.
They made Minnesota Nice and agreed to the coach’s demands.
The Grants took in a nice little haul – much better than the barterers that tend to flock to the run-of-the-mill garage sales are willing to accept – because it wasn’t so much the price tag that what on it. It was the memory associated with the items.
That was Bud Grant’s tackle box.
That was Bud Grant’s Bowie knife.
That was Bud Grant’s Elvis whiskey decanter – giving it double value in some circles.
The allure of the garage sale in Bloomington had nothing to do with monetary value. As has everything to do with sentimental value.
And the coach’s humor about current events in the NFL.
Cash in, Coach. You’ve earned it.
Charge what you want to. Sentimental value comes at a price to strangers, but, unlike most garage sale items, those purchased will be treated with reverence for a long, long time – just like Coach Grant himself.