I DON’T RECALL the precise wording of the signs. But the homemade notices posted in strategic high traffic areas in Nisswa proved catchy enough that Randy and I simply had to find the garage sale.
Unfamiliar with this central Minnesota community (we were staying at a nearby lake cabin), we relied on the signage (not GPS) to reach our destination along Norway Lane.
Ah, yes, we Minnesotans are proud of our heritages and this street name proved that. I quickly spotted a second ethnic-themed sign for an intersecting street. Oslo Way.
We continued a short distance down Norway Lane until a handwritten sign on a mailbox alerted us to the garage sale location:
Although there was no free beer (maybe because it was still early afternoon and not yet happy hour on this Friday), I found a snowsuit and light jacket for our 21-month-old grandson. I regret not purchasing the toy work bench playset for $10. My daughter later told me I should have bought it. Sigh.
Lesson learned. Trust your gut if you think you should buy something for your grandchild at a garage sale. If the parents don’t want it, they can always give it away.
And I learned one more thing. At least one person living along Norway Lane defies the stereotypical definition of Norwegians as reserved and stoic. Cheers!
© Copyright 2020 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Ya sure you bettcha..Don”t you know there! Miss the Norskee heritage. Don’t have that down in NC.
Well, then, I’m happy to bring you a bit of your Norskee heritage today. Good to hear from you, Brad.
Uff da, My 50% Norwegian gene’s feel the need to revisit this town. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Nisswa. I’m glad you were able to grab a couple of good deals at the garage sale.
Oh, yes, you should definitely stop in Nisswa. Fun little town. Just a bit too crowded for me this fall, though, with COVID-19 and not everyone masking.