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The Yard Sale (A Short Story) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Ann Preston
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Looking for a quick, fun read?

Then, come on down to Clayburn, Mississippi, where Jennifer Riley is having a yard sale. She needs cash fast. She’s lost her job, her house, and her husband has run off with another woman.

From Early Birds to Prince Charming, Jennifer meets a host of quirky customers, and by the close of her sale, her life has been changed forever.

Jennifer’s tips for having an extraordinary yard sale:

• Early Birds do arrive at dawn, so be ready.
• Stand up to Tightwads. How can someone ask you if you’ll take less than a quarter? Seriously.
• Show some love for Packrats because they’ll buy anything.
• Try not to make a fool of yourself when Prince Charming arrives.
• Most importantly, realize some things have a value greater than money.

Also, check out the newest story in the Down Home Humor series: “Laid To Rest," and meet three of the funniest Southern characters ever!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1414 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007W7QHAQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Southern Humor April 22, 2012
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I downloaded this and read it while eating a scone and sipping tea at Starbucks today. And I'm worried they might not let me come back because I was laughing out loud the whole time. I love good, authentic southern humor that doesn't portray us all as ignorant and barefoot with an outhouse in the backyard. I can't wait for the next "Down Home Humor" story!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Good Deal April 28, 2012
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THE YARD SALE by Patricia Ann Preston is a delightful little sale - I mean tale. As a lover of yard sales, flea markets and resale shops I couldn't resist purchasing and reading THE YARD SALE. The humor is low-key, but had me laughing out loud. Though I love shopping, doing what I call my Goodwill Tours (visiting every Goodwill, Salvation Army, thrift store and rummage sale in a 20-mile radius) I totally dislike holding sales. But if my sales were as much fun as Jennifer's I'd enjoy them more.

If you enjoy humor and are a garage sale addict or even if you're not, you'll definitely want to read THE YARD SALE.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Heartwarming story April 21, 2012
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The Yard Sale is one of the funniest short stories I've ever read. I've met everyone of her characters. But then, I live in the South and I've had yard sales. In my mind I can still see Buddy dancing across the porch to Johnnie Be Goode!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Story! Hilarious Characters! April 23, 2012
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What a GREAT character line up! Patricia Ann Preston brought to life a complete cast of characters that everyone can relate to. I laughed until I cried. Truly Classic Southern Humor! I'm trying not to give a spoiler... but I also loved the way the author used the heroines Thomas Kinkade print! A Fun Story!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny take on an unfunny situation October 31, 2012
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It isn't easy getting people to laugh. It's doubly difficult to pull off when writing. But to write about a decidedly painful topic like a difficult divorce and the aftermath - both emotional and physical - in a way that makes the reader laugh is next to impossible. Yet Patricia Ann Preston pulls it off.

As a guy, I don't fit into this author's main audience. But I enjoy a good laugh as much as anyone and the premise was enough to make me think it had potential. Plus, my wife and I like to find books for one another and I thought she would enjoy this one. We both downloaded it, but I was the first to get to it. In short order I found myself reading sections of it out loud to my bride right after I'd finish them myself. Several times over the course of the next hour or so, the two of us shared laugh out loud moments, relating to one another about similar situations that occured in yard sales we had been involved with. We discovered that we knew most of the characters in the book and were quickly relating them to relatives and neighbors of our own. Ms. Preston created a group of people that I think just about anyone could relate to and then set them up in situations that were only slight exaggerations of the way actual people would face. Then she just allows them to react and deal with those situations as they will.

It works. In fact, it works brilliantly. I wouldn't call this a must read. It's more of a "should" read. When a good laugh is just the medicine you need to make you smile and feel better in the middle of a lousy day this is the perfect prescription. I've already picked up the next in the "Down Home Series" and perhaps this time, I'll let my better half read to ME.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Southern Yard Sale Story April 24, 2012
By J. H.
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The author did a great job on this story. It is a typical story of a yard sale in the southern states. I live in the South and have been to many yard sales and had some of my own. You need to read it, you will enjoy this story with the humor. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cute story January 12, 2014
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It was a sweet quick feel good story. Worth a read! Get it you wont be disappointed. Made me smile :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I hate yard sales... January 12, 2014
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But this short story is a wonderful take on what can happen at yard sales from an impromptu concert or karaoke to treasures found by buyers and sellers alike. Truly a fun read. I will look for more by Ms Preston.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Short story
Very short and predictable. Cute though. About the length of a magazine story. Nice easy read very quick. Nothing else to say.
Published 4 days ago by dabeast
5.0 out of 5 stars funny. Enjoyed so much I've read it twice
Well written...funny. Enjoyed so much I've read it twice.
Published 29 days ago by Susan Sulecki
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Little Tale
This is the short little story of a yard sale that was suppose to give Jen a fresh start as a newly divorced woman...and that it did! Read more
Published 2 months ago by @BY_ChickenLady
4.0 out of 5 stars This book will make you laugh.
A good humorous story. Characters were great. I did not care for the language in some parts. If you can over look that it is a great short story.
Published 3 months ago by conger63
5.0 out of 5 stars laughed so hard it hurt
I loved this book. The characters grabbed me, even the supporting cast. I loved these people. Each of them had me laughing every time they opened their mouths. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dee Lancaster
5.0 out of 5 stars ENJOYABLE READ
The characters were believable and likeable (or NOT in the case of a few!) and the writing was crisp and well done. Read more
Published 4 months ago by CAROL CUSTER
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Southern Story
Patricia Preston has a wonderful knack for natural dialogue and authentic Southern voices. Laugh out loud funny and guaranteed to bring a smile, this a fantastic short story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Emily
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute little romp
I am a sucker for cute little comedic stories. Although I was expecting more of a romantic comedy, the story was quite enjoyable.
Published 8 months ago by SifuJon
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
A little predictable but not a bad read. A quick read if you don't want to get too involved in a short story.
Published 9 months ago by belle
4.0 out of 5 stars Wishing this was long instead of short!
Great story with good character development...not the usual thing in a short story. I would like to see this one made into a longer book! Will look for others from this author.
Published 9 months ago by Margaret Adams
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More About the Author

Patricia Ann Preston wrote her first short story in the sixth grade. Ever since then, she has been writing stories. Maybe that comes from being a Southerner and being surrounded by great storytellers. She enjoys writing quirky, humorous stories set in the American South. Her stories include "The Yard Sale" and "Laid to Rest."

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