John F. Russell: Time to sell good intentions |

John F. Russell: Time to sell good intentions

— There is no question that people will flock to the 30-plus garage sales that are offered in Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area this weekend.

The buyers are bargain shoppers hoping to uncover a hidden treasure among the stuff that the seller no longer has a use for. Most sellers are hoping to make space, and money, in a few short hours of work.

It's recycling at its finest, and it is a chance for an unused item to find new life.

It seems like a win-win situation, so this summer, my wife has decided to make a little more room in our home by selling stuff that just seems to be sitting there. At first, I thought it was a good idea. Then I started to go through the stuff she wants to sell.

Among the items that we are considering selling were some of my children's old bikes and toys, the regular list of household items and some sporting equipment that no longer fits my lifestyle.

There is a pair of ski boots I bought two years ago that never quite fit, and possibly a pair of inline skates that seemed like a cool way to loose a few pounds before they decided to chip and seal the streets in our neighborhood.

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I'm coming to grips with selling a set of golf clubs that have been waiting for me to call and make a tee time.

This is stuff that has been stored in my garage and shed without thought for years. But now that the items are for sale, all I can see are fleeting memories that I'm not ready to let go of, more than a few missed opportunities to get in shape and a pile of good intentions that went awry.

It is no secret that the garage sale is the place where all those healthy pursuits go to die — at least in my case.

The garage sale has been the end of the road for more than a few health riders; a sale is the perfect place to relocate that home gym that has no place in a home. And I discovered at our last sale that the best motivation to lift weights comes from knowing you are putting them in the back of someone else's car.

The best time of year to get into shape is spring, but contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with looking good in a swimsuit this summer.

It's a good time because if you are hoping to find a good deal on the Total Gym, the Ab Roller or the Sauna Belt, there is no reason to watch late-night television with your phone in hand. Simply look for it in your neighbor's yard on a Saturday morning.

To tell the truth, I'm not sure I'm ready to part with all the sporting equipment I've failed to use in the past months and years. Maybe instead of selling my out-of-date golf clubs at this year's garage sale, I'll call the golf course and get a tee time. At least, that is my good intention — but I'm still taking offers.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or email

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