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Viewing the debris of the aftermath up close (Part 2)

May 2nd, 2010 at 01:13 pm

It was a year (or maybe two) ago I wrote how going to yard sales can give a very interesting view on how some people fritted away money left and right on erm... c!&p, and now don't have money for basic needs like utilities, or even housing. Of course this was while I was visiting with relatives living "in the countryside" as I like to call it.

Quite possibly (make that probably) in the past year I have come across people moving out of the area I live in due to financial issues as well. But yesterday I came across one, that while they didn't say it directly, must have blown some serious wads of cash, and now had nothing but bills to show for it. It was late in the morning, so I probably missed some interesting items, but lets see - what did they have?
* Padded chair with speakers built in
* Some really expensive looking furniture
* Brand new wrought iron curtain rods and unopned very nice curtains (these are what I bought and installed in my kitchen)
* Some type of mini electric arcade (like you would find at Brookstone - are they still in business?)
* Fancy glassware
* Nice dresses
* Lots more high end bric-a-brac.
* Nice jukebox
* And last but not least - *TWO* cars sitting on the front lawn for sale. Both very high end cars, one some type of sports car, the other I think was a new BMW of some type. New fancy rims, new tires, nice and shiny. They wanted $35,000 for each one. Whew!

And the house, for this area anyway, would probably sell for $750,000 now (make that well over a million a year or two ago).

While I was looking someone that was helping this woman sell things commented "Well its not like you're going to have room for these things when you move into your condo." Yikes. While condos can be extra nice around here, most of them are just glorified apartments. Just keep the money spent on the junk I saw (and buy one reasonable used car instead of the two there) and I swear you would have enough money to pay a couple *YEARS* of mortgage payments, even on a house that size. I guess they thought the good times would never end. She even talked like she was well educated, but obviously some common sense was seriously lacking.

3 Responses to “Viewing the debris of the aftermath up close (Part 2)”

  1. gamecock43 Says:

    Oh good point! Yard sales of items that people are still paying for on their their credit card. That is a sign of the times. The very unglamorous consequence of keeping up with the joneses.

  2. ME2 Says:

    YOU are making some huge assumptions. Maybe she CHOSE to downsize. People do that you know? Maybe she's recently divorced or widowed. Maybe she's moving clear across the city/county/state/country. @@

  3. bennyhoff Says:

    I'm making assumptions? Hmmm, perhaps, but I stand by what I wrote. The lady was younger than me I think, and generally younger people don't go from a McMansion with two souped up hyper expensive cars to a condo and selling both the cars unless they're forced to do it. If it was a divorce, then there must have been other cars as well (yikes!), and I would have to believe their financal excesses must have helped with any problems they had. Yeah, an assumption, but a safe one I would say.

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