Another Trump Dump?

I have been trolling my father’s old newspapers again, and found another treasure which, once more, is quite timely. As we have been hearing stories of how each candidate has been raising funds for their campaigns—super PACS, small donors, large donors, and personal funds of the candidates—I must say that the clipping I stumbled upon  dating back to 1985 suggests a much simpler idea. This is a source of money which many of us have done—the garage sale.

It appears that Mr. Trump’s campaign may be in need of the garage sale fundraiser more so than Secretary Clinton’s. Fortunately, he is quite familiar with augmenting his coffers by a garage sale, also known as a yard sale or tag sale depending its geographical location.

According to the article from Donald Trump’s sale, an arched window sold for $90 while a 3 ½ foot plastic Santa went for $110. He will have to advertise better, because the 1985 sale brought only one hundred treasure hunters to the three-car garage of his Mar-a-Lago estate for “truckloads of trinkets.”

Clearly, his cult of Trump-loving followers would be much greater in number. How will he promote the event. Will he advertise the sale by nailing signs onto trees, placing ads in the local newspapers, or sending an email blast to his people? Who will man the cash register? Will his beautiful wife and daughters take turns sitting at a card table doling out change to the purchasers of his treasures, or will he trust it to Barron, Eric, and Donald Junior?  And most importantly, will he be selling refreshments? If the stories which circulated on the Internet about Chris Christie picking up Mr. Trump’s order at McDonald’s are true, then Governor Christie could oversee the snack stand.

I for one am very excited at the prospect of a second Trump Garage sale. As my three-year-old grandson would say, “Hey, that’s a great idea!” Any thoughts?

1985 Trump Garage Sale

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About kjw616

I am a genealogy detective. I have already written one book about my Irish family's journey from 19th century Ireland to the United States- a family history sprinkled with personal anecdotes. My second book was intended to be a similar story about my Russian ancestors. Instead, it turned into a tale of just my father's immediate family. It is the tale of what happens when 6 children from New Jersey are moved to the Soviet Union by their Russian-born parents during the Great Depression. It details who lives, who dies, and who is able to return to NJ during a time when leaving the USSR was not an easy endeavor, particularly during World War II and the Cold War. It is my hope that those interested in history during this time period will find this story fascinating as well as those fellow amateur family historians who will learn some of the tools such as ancestry.com, visits to the National Archives, and local libraries I used to uncover this story.
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