Two things that I found interesting happened at our recent garage sale regarding men and bags.
First, a woman bought two of my matching Vera Bradley bags (quilted fabric bags usually made out of brightly patterned material) that were a black and brown pattern. But as she paid for them she told us that she was buying them for her son-in-law, because they weren’t as “frilly” as most Vera Bradley bags!
After she left, Candy and I looked at each other and said, “Well, they are black but the print is still flowers!” But we decided that when the SIL didn’t like them, which we were pretty sure would be the case, his wife would enjoy them. I just wish I could have been there when his MIL gave them to him and heard what he said. I hope they have a great relationship!
Secondly, Hubby had me sell a black nylon bag that he had used to carry boxes of ammunition to the shooting range. For some reason, he had ended up with two just alike, so wanted to sell the extra. It was one of the “manly” things we had for sale. One guy who looked at it asked if it had been a doctor’s bag. I guess that was because it folded out from the middle of the top like the old doctor’s bags that he and I (we found out we were the same age) remembered from when we were children and doctor’s made house calls with their little bags. But he didn’t buy it.
So later, a very macho looking young guy came through and he saw the “doctor’s bag”. After looking at it for just a minute, he came over to give me the money for it, and he told me how he was going to use it. You will never guess in a million years what he said. He said they were expecting their first child and he was going to use it as a diaper bag! A bag that is going to go from storing ammunition to one that stores diapers — I bet that doesn’t happen very often! The reaction of his wife when he brought home the new “diaper bag” is another conversation I think I would have enjoyed hearing.
When you think about it, garage sales are unique in the opportunities they give you to meet a variety of verrry interesting people, without leaving home!