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Yard Sard; Open
Topic Started: Sep 6 2015, 11:08 AM (827 Views)
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((Nathan Lovegrove Pregame Start))

Nathan sighed as he surveyed the tables set up in the yard. He and Michelle had tried to make things more or less organized, but Nana just had so many things that they'd eventually decided needed to be sold or given away rather than kept. Most of it had been sitting in boxes in their garage or attic since Nana's house had been sold and she moved in with the family. Michelle had already spent a good part of the morning complaining heartily about having to haul boxes and the folding tables out, and all the back-and-forth trips needed.

"Why do old people have so much junk?" She said for the third or fourth time, half-heartedly trying to adjust a pile of old sweaters that neither of them had ever seen their grandmother wear.

"Well, you just get stuff over time and she's in her seventies..." Nathan went back to the piece of cardboard he was writing on, pressing harder on the sharpie, which was running out of ink. He had a small pile of signs already, which they were intending to set up down the road to direct passers-by to the yard sale.

"Getting old sounds like a nightmare," Michelle decided. She bent down to coo at Titan, whose leash was currently tied to the leg of one of the tables. "Right, Titan? Getting old suuuucks." The dog thumped his tail against the ground and licked at her fingers when she reached out to pat him.

"I'll just give all your stuff to Goodwill when you get old then," Nathan assured her. She made a face at him, then glanced over his shoulder and frowned.

"Uh, Nathan? Do all the signs look like that?"

"Like wh- oh goddammit." Sure enough, instead of "YARD SALE", the sign in his hands read "YARD SARD" in bold letters. A quick look through the rest that he'd done revealed that nearly half of them had the same mistake. Nathan sighed again and rubbed a hand over his face, feeling an embarrassed flush creeping up his neck.

"It's not a big deal," Michelle tried to reassure him. "People will know what you mean."

"Yeah, no, I'm not putting these up so everybody can take pictures and tag me in them on Facebook. The good ones should be enough." He sorted out the faulty signs and handed them to Michelle. "Go put these in the recycling bin or something, and I'll go set the rest up."

He got to his feet and gathered up the rest of the cardboard and the tape he'd set aside. They'd just have to make due with what was left and it'd be fine. That was what he told himself as he taped the first sign to the lamppost on the street corner.
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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Nathan wasn't allowed to stew in his lingering embarrassment and irritation at himself for long before Mia came barreling down the sidewalk. Being around people like her usually lifted Nathan's mood, and Mia herself was a sweetheart, if a bit naive. Plus she had a dog, and that was always a point in someone's favor.

"Hey Mia. We've got lots of stuff out for sale." He gestured towards his driveway and the tables set up around it. "Most of it's knick knacks and decorations, but there's some kitchen stuff, and books and movies. And clothes, but I think they're, uh... not your style." Unless Mia had suddenly developed a fondness for excessively-embroidered cardigans, but Nathan had a hard time picturing that.

"Oh, and our dog's out by one of the tables. That won't be a problem with yours, right?"
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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Nathan raised a hand to return Jane's wave, smiling more easily now. "Yeah, go ahead. We just got everything set up, so I'd say now's the best time to look around." He stuck his hands in his jean pockets and followed Mia and Jane back towards his driveway.

Titan was very interested, standing up and approaching as far as the leash would allow so he could investigate the new arrivals. He sniffed excitedly in Pepper's direction, wagging his tail harder against the leg of the table he was tied to. Nathan laid a steadying hand on the table, hoping that Titan wouldn't get too overexcited; he was still just a puppy, but he was probably big enough to knock the table over if he really tried.

Michelle reappeared from the garage, sipping a Coke that she'd retrieved from the fridge. "What's up, guys?" She didn't know anyone in Nathan's grade all that well, but there was no reason not to be friendly.
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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Michelle returned to Titan's side, patting his neck and making sure he didn't strain to hard against the leash. "Aw, did you make a new friend, Titan? Did you?" She cooed, going back to ignoring Nathan and his classmates. The more dogs, the merrier, in her opinion. Especially if they were big friendly dogs that just got so excited whenever someone paid attention to them.

Nathan considered the sweater Jane was holding. They hadn't gotten around to setting a price on everything they put out, and frankly hadn't been expecting to make too much money off of Nana's stuff in the first place. Once they packed up, everything that hadn't been sold was going to Goodwill. "Let's say ten dollars? Does that sound good to you?" Nathan had no idea how to appraise the value of old things, but he was pretty sure nothing here was going to get a spotlight on Antiques Roadshow.

He did have to grin at Mia's quip about the other sweater. "Yeah, I didn't think so. Probably a good thing that you and my grandmother don't have the same taste in clothes, though."

"And books and movies are over... here." Nathan located the correct table after a moment of searching. He paused to shoot a bemused look at the VHS copy of Titanic sitting on the edge of the table. What was the actual likelihood of someone wanting to buy that? Or even being able to, seeing as how nobody he knew of still owned a VHS player? "Not a lot of DVDs, but some of the books are pretty good. Except for that Left Behind series, I wouldn't touch that unless you just want to laugh at it. It's... not good." Not that he'd actually been able to finish it, between his frustration at the characters and his usual issues with reading.

"You know they made a movie based off of it starring Nic Cage? I kind of want to see it just for how ridiculous it has to be."
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Nathan shrugged at Jane's reaction, not overly bothered. "Five bucks, sure. We're trying to get rid of the stuff more than to make money." It wasn't like they were expecting anyone to want to drop a lot on Nana's old things to begin with. They'd probably have to resort to donating or just giving away the leftovers when they were done here.

He grinned back at Mia as she examined the book. "I mean, if I can't convince you that it's not worth it, you just might have to experience it for yourself. But if you really don't want it, we've got..." He moved over to her side to look over what they had again. "Let's see, lots of westerns, some of those romances where everyone on the cover is half-naked..." And he was pretty sure those had belonged to his mom once upon a time and had just been left at Nana's house, but Mom wasn't admitting it.

"Some recipe books, if you're into cooking. Dunno about H. G. Wells or anything like that, sorry Jane. Lots of old Reader's Digest collections, so there might be something you're interested in somewhere in those."
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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"I think those are three dollars each. Does that sound alright?" Nathan wasn't entirely confident in his ability to estimate prices after Jane's reaction, but at least he'd already known that he didn't have a future in retail. Mia seemed less likely to quibble about a few dollars here and there too, nothing against Jane.

"Hope Left Behind is worth it. You really don't know what you're getting yourself into." He made sure to keep his tone light to make it clear that he was teasing; as much as he'd disliked the book, he didn't want to just totally trash it. Surely someone out there had found it enjoyable. Heck, Mia herself might find something in it that grabbed her attention.
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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"Yeah, sure!" Mia's exuberance was sort of contagious, and Nathan barely took the time to mull her suggestion over before agreeing. "I've got dance practice after school most days, but we could grab an ice cream or something sometime!"

He deposited the money Mia handed him in the box they were using as an improvised cash register and ignored the sly, knowing look Michelle was giving him. Titan whined a bit as his new friends started to leave, but Nathan shushed him with some scratching behind the ears.

"You can let me know what you think of the books then, how about that?"
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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Nathan spent the rest of the afternoon greeting the occasional neighbor who came to investigate the yard sale and fending off Michelle's teasing questions.

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"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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