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How to cope with disappointment

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Today, a coworker gave me an ad for a local yard sale from the newspaper I hadn't seen. In bold letters the ad started with: Outdoor Christmas Decorations. That's all I needed to see. A quick check on a map, and I was off to the sale (luckily I was at a place in the day I could take an early lunch). When I pulled up, I saw a LARGE selections of blowmolds, all of them old. As I began to puruse the selection (and wiping drool from my mouth) the man selling them, informed me that not 30 minutes ago, a lady had come by and purchased ALL, EVERYTHING, THE WHOLE ENCHILADA!!! Now I have to spend the rest of the day contemplating what might have been.

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Oooh, I know exactly how you feel..such a disappointment. But, hope springs eternal, there will always be more. I recommend some deep relaxation techiques, such as yoga, to get your mind off it. Chase that with a bottle of Scotch!

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I know your pain!! Loki come on over to Knoxville and I'll help you out with some molds lol

Jim

oh and snoopy says howdy lol

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I'd just put this song on "repeat one" and listen to it all day ;)

You sir are a riot!!! If I go to a mini or PLUS, I am hanging with you!

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You sir are a riot!!! If I go to a mini or PLUS, I am hanging with you!

You will have a lot of friends to push through, because when Tim is at a Party he is the "Life of it" and everyone always surrounds him :P LOL!

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You will have a lot of friends to push through, because when Tim is at a Party he is the "Life of it" and everyone always surrounds him :P LOL!

You can't believe how hard it was to remove that lampshade after the Chicago mini!

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You will have a lot of friends to push through, because when Tim is at a Party he is the "Life of it" and everyone always surrounds him :P LOL!

At least I will know how to find him! LOL

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same thing happened to me about two weeks ago. they said everything they had was 50s and 60s stuff... by the time i saw the ad and picked up a phone they kept talking about all what they had and i was drooling and they later ended with "...but someone got them all already" whats worse is i have seen CL ad's with great scores, one person in my old hometown near KC had a ton of Noma stuff... in the ad she said she will NOT ship, so when i called a day later she shipped them to a guy in Minnesota... ticked me off lol. But theres always more!

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Don't worry, sometimes you get to be the guy that just bought it all.

Wait to get 'the look' when you take it while they're looking at it. I felt a little bad but not for long.:D

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hi

yes i know what you are going thru, my last ordeal is i had made a deal on a poloron mechanical santa. i had the money for and after about 4 months of working with the person they backed out on me arrrgh :( but then i have found some real good molds lately. what really makes me mad this is the third poloron mechanical santa that i have found and have made a deal and the sellers have backed out on me. so i know what you are going thru.

gary

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I'd just put this song on "repeat one" and listen to it all day ;)

OMG! i have not heard this song for so long.. wow brings back some memories..

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I'm feeling some now too!! I just missed 4 good pumpkin molds that i dont have!! ARRRRRRRRRRRRR day late and a dollar short lol

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I guess I can take consolation in the fact I really didn't have the money to buy anything anyway. I apparently also missed out on one that a friend at work told me about this morning, although I wasn't looking this weekend. He said there was a 5-6 foot snowman that appeared to be motorized and holding a snow shovel. It was for sale for $15. He said it was in nice condition, and when asked why he didn't buy it for me, he told me it wouldn't fit in his car. Dude, that what a cell phone is for.

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I had this same problem earlier this year. When I got there, I started to go through the boxes. A lady walked up to me, and and then called out, I'll just take it all. What, wait...but... AHHHH.

So, we both will just have to keep looking around.

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Saw a dude at Menard's the other day...loading up all the choir peeps. I was tempted to just grab one to p*ss him off, but decided it wasn't in the spirit of Christmas. ;)

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I guess I can take consolation in the fact I really didn't have the money to buy anything anyway. I apparently also missed out on one that a friend at work told me about this morning, although I wasn't looking this weekend. He said there was a 5-6 foot snowman that appeared to be motorized and holding a snow shovel. It was for sale for $15. He said it was in nice condition, and when asked why he didn't buy it for me, he told me it wouldn't fit in his car. Dude, that what a cell phone is for.

OMG, hearing that just made me cringe; my stomach hurts! Aaargh..$15 for a Poloron mechanical snowman? I would be screaming and pulling out my hair..

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OMG, hearing that just made me cringe; my stomach hurts! Aaargh..$15 for a Poloron mechanical snowman? I would be screaming and pulling out my hair..

Oh my, I would be flipping out.

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OMG, hearing that just made me cringe; my stomach hurts! Aaargh..$15 for a Poloron mechanical snowman? I would be screaming and pulling out my hair..

Thanks Carrie.... (as I pop a few Tums)

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Honestly, the ones advertising the christmas stuff sometimes also know the value, so it may or may not have been a good deal, you know?

I know it sounds morbid, but Estate sales are where it's at. Make a plan, or get together with friends, work out a plan to hit them when they pop up. Be there first thing and done.

My neighbor - passed away and I didn't even know it. There was a ton of people standing in the driveway, which I thought was the family after the funeral type of appearance.

Well....it was the estate sale. When I came back from shopping...I saw people carrying tons of christmas stuff out... More lights and stuff were in the garage, and this was only 3 doors down.

I didn't have the cash anyway....but still UGH! (Plus...kind of shocking...because he was a new neighbor and it was a relatively new house too)

Keep your chin up!

If it helps any.... In the end of April, we have the Walleye Festival Garage Sale Weekend. Wednesday - Sunday solid neighborhood wide garage sales all across Freeland, and Saginaw. A group of us should get together and rock it out. I'm hosting my garage sale Fri-Sat. It's an all week deal...could split up into groups.

OR... if you wanted to sell your christmas stuff during my sale, we can have a barbecue etc.

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Yeah seller know whats up alright. I drove 90 miles one way to pick up an agreed upon price package deal of molds today. funny i got there and few key molds werent there.. I still purchased them and got a good deal on the molds.. 14 of the 65 i didnt have. but the dishonest craigslist posters cheated me out of an empire church and a few other odds and ends. how low do you have to go to cheat and lie about a church???

Jim

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