- The 1970s weren't a particularly good idea. The idea that they weren't a good idea is catching on.
- You should know your friends really well before gifting them with anything meaningful. The feeling may not be mutual. I realized this when I found a copy of The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood - that wonderful ode to female friendship - inscribed with a heartfelt "To Our Own Ya Ya Sisterhood" and tossed by its "giftee" owner onto the 50 cent table.
- Howard Stern's Private Parts is the most discarded book in New Jersey. I don't know whether this makes me proud or ashamed of my state.
- You need to peel back the onion to get to know your neighbors. Like the prodigiously tatooed Goth women with pure white skin and jet black hair who was selling both VHS chain saw slasher movies AND baby blue Smurfs.
- Nothing announces "The shop is closed" to the broader neighborhood quite like attaching a "$1.00 or Best Offer" sign to your breast pump.
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- Don't trust people who claim that their electronic items "work." They are lying. THEY ARE LYING. I don't know if this is particularly endemic to people selling waffle irons (we bought one on two separate occasions) and you may wonder why we didn't ask them to plug the machine in before handing over our three bucks (twice!), but it's not easy to convince a stranger to make you Belgian waffles on their driveway. (Believe me, I tried).
- Life is full of surprises and you may find a surprise in the cracked Jason Bay bobblehead with tomato sauce on its base. But you probably won't.
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