It's been two years but we're finally back on the streets of Chicago, one couple pawing through strangers' garages in search for game and geek-based treasure! Need to catch up on our prior garagesaling exploits? Check out the archives!
Glenn: Hey, over the last two years I learned how to wake up like a real early-bird garagesaler! Unfortunately, unitdaisy apparently used those two years to learn how to oversleep. We didn't leave the house until nearly 10am!
unitdaisy: Now really, I hardly think it was my fault. It just the sheets are so comfy, so very (yawn)...
Glenn: Granted, I was still somewhat groggy as we trudged to the first sale, but what we found woke me up like a slap to the face. I know it's not the best Space Quest but, it's pristine and waiting for me to crack it open!
unitdaisy: But it's so hard to open something that has remained in its original packaging for so long. After a time the artifact value outweighs the immediate pleasure value.
Glenn: The next sale didn't look too promising from afar. Clothes hanging off of trees read as gigantic 'CAUTION: DISAPPOINTMENT AHEAD' signs to me.
unitdaisy: Me, too. No one is ever selling their Dior couture off a clothes line.
Glenn: But apparently the one of the two female proprietors was madly getting rid of an oddball assortment of quality comics! I scored this Drawn and Quarterly for a buck!
Glenn: Eightball! Action Girl! Some random, but intriguing, Dark Horse Comics anthology! All ours now!
unitdaisy: When are we going to pick up a new bookcase, too? It seems our most frequent purchases come with pages.
Glenn: Still aglow from the wealth of comics we found, we trundled over to the next sale and found...
Glenn: Mullets. Hmmm, I have plenty of pleasure in the back, but I could do with some business up-front ...
unitdaisy: Huh-un. All business or all pleasure, I don't go halfsies.
Glenn: What's tackier than trying to sell tape dubs of CDs?
unitdaisy: Selling the CDs after you've burned them all to your hard drive.
Glenn: Dancing Cowboy Santa! And the seller specifically set the stereo out there so all could be hypnotized by his wide, gyrating hips.
unitdaisy: Santa does not have birthing hips.
Glenn: After being disgusted by Santa, we fled for safer grounds: The thrift stores.
Glenn: Everyone loves 16mm! Anyone want to see some student films??
unitdaisy: Not my realm of student expression.
Glenn: While I was still buzzing about Space Quest 6 and our supreme (but not Supreme) comics haul, I was a bit glum that we hadn't stumbled upon more games. But then unitdaisy spied two oddly shaped cases on the thrift store wall.
unitdaisy: I'm perspicacious!
Glenn: They were Game Gear cases, and both were packed to the gills with games, manuals, Game Gear accessories, and even Game Gears.
Glenn: And thanks to some sweet-talking by unitdaisy, we managed to swap the games in the worn, stained case with the games in the pristine case, and managed to get a discount on it somehow: $27 instead of the marked $30. Oh, and it even came with some accessories and items of interest...
unitdaisy: I'm silver-tongued!
Glenn: ...such as this fantastically "preserved" lucky rabbit's foot that was stuffed in with the manuals. I wonder just how long it's suffocated in that case.
unitdaisy: OK, now I'm just creeped out.
Glenn: And now, thanks to this outing, I inexplicably have more Game Gears than brick-shaped Game Boys (three vs. two). But, no matter how you look at it, the end result was a bargain. Plus, thanks to the A/C adapter, I can finally stop buying AA batteries in bulk whenever I want to turn this piece of SEGA history on.
unitdaisy: Soon we can open our own video game museum!
Glenn: To cap the day off, we checked out the newly opened Italian sandwich shop around the corner and lunched on fine meats and bread (even if I wasn't a fan of the tapenade they slathered on my sandwich). I'd say it was a successful outing, wouldn't you?
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