I’ve had to change my commute to and from NCPR because of some bridge repair work this month. No big deal. It’s actually allowed me to explore some of the back roads I usually drive past.
This afternoon, on a whim, I took a different route home. As I drove along, something caught my eye. I ignored it at first, but then turned around in a field road to get second look. It was a red bicycle.
I’d secretly hoped to find one this summer — for nostalgia’s sake. Not even my partner knew I was scanning most of the garage sales we’d pass looking for a real, classic bike.
I pulled into the driveway to get a closer look. It was a vintage Huffy “Good Vibrations” Cruiser bicycle. Yes, Huffy sells new versions. I’ve seen them on-line. But I wanted pre-owned. The owner came out and named the price, “Or, best offer.” I suggested half the asking price. He kicked the dirt and said the rear basket was worth more than I’d offered. He got on and rode it in a circle around me to prove that everything still worked fine. As he dismounted he announced, “I only ride it on Sundays to get the morning paper in town.” I offered an amount closer to his price. “Well, maybe I don’t really need to sell it,” he said, his jaw set. “Cash,” I responded. He agreed. This one has some rust, and the tires will need replacing in a year or two. I smiled like a kid at Christmas as he helped me load it into the back of my car.
I call it my “Mid-life Crisis”. Not a Hummer, or a Harley, not even a Honda — but a vintage Huffy. As a friend on Facebook remarked, “Sweet!”
So, that was my yard sale bargain. It won’t end up on “Antiques Road Show”, trust me. What about you? Find something fun at a sale this summer?