Everybody has one: a household treasure from the “Second Time Around Sale.” Mine is a small statue of Benjamin Franklin complete with robe and wig, with a short phrase at the base,“Sue the bastards!” It makes me smile every time I look at it on my kitchen windowsill.
Who knows when the tradition started? It’s an annual event that has become a part of Monterey culture that provides excitement, camaraderie, mystery, discovery, and some appreciable income for Monterey activities. The first Saturday of February is a day you can count on.
First comes three weeks of collection. Everybody can contribute! It’s the stuff you no longer use or need that can take somebody else’s fancy. It all piles up and becomes merchandise! Appliances, furniture, kitchenware, clothing, lamps, books and games, and, of course, “White Elephant” and “Shabby Chic.”
Then it’s all over for another year, while Monterey is enriched in ways that cannot be calculated and will not be soon forgotten.