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Aussie Bites : Dads Have No Shame : Aussie Bites Readers - Carol Faulkner

Aussie Bites : Dads Have No Shame

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Sarah Allen's dad is holding a garage sale . . . and so is Mr Doggett, across the road. Both dads go crazy trying to pull the customers in with one idea after another. Oh, the embarrassment! Why is it, dads have no shame?

About The Author

In 1999, Carol completed a Diploma of Professional Children's writing with the Australian College of Journalism. Shortly after, her first book, My Cat the Alien (Barrie Publishing 1999), was published. Her first picture book, Chester and Gil (Omnibus Books), is due for release in April 2005. In October 2003, Carol's picture book Circus Berserkus made a shortlist of 12 out of 1600 entries in the London-based Little Tiger Press Search for a Story competition. Carol Faulkner works from her home office in Adelaide's western suburbs. She writes fiction for children - mainly picture books for young children and chapter books for primary school age.

Sarah yawned and looked at her watch. It was only 8.30 and already there was a crowd. She wished she was still in bed. Crikey! It was Saturday. Didn't these people have anything better to do? Sarah watched their greedy eyes scanning every item on the trestle tables. Look at them, she thought, they all think they're going to find a treasure. Especially old Mrs Humphries. She was the first to arrive. Don't they know it's all just junk!

After more yawning and stretching, Sarah's eyes focused on a greyish lump walking towards her. Ugh! 8.30 was too early in the morning to face something as disagreeable as Mrs Humphries.

'How much for that vase?'

Sarah's eyes followed the direction of Mrs Humphries' pointing finger. The price-sticker on the vase clearly read .

'Five dollars,' said Sarah.

'That's too much,' snapped Mrs Humphries. 'I'll give you two.'

Sarah smiled politely. 'Just a minute, please. I'll check with Dad.'

Mrs Humphries waggled her finger at Sarah. 'All right, Sarah Allen, but you tell your father that I won't pay a cent more than two dollars for it. That's all it's worth.'

As Sarah turned away, her smile faded to a frown. Huffy Humphries. Silly old bat. Why doesn't she go away? She'd rather cut off an arm than open her purse. She's been here for half an hour and hasn't bought a single thing. Stupid garage sale. Sarah squeezed through the maze of boxes and trestle tables that filled the carport.

'Dad! DAD!' Sarah tugged on her father's sleeve, but he didn't seem to notice. His eyes were fixed on the house across the street.

'Blast him! Blast that Tom Doggett!' Dad's voice grew louder. 'He knew we were having a garage sale today. Now look! He's having one too!'

Sarah looked over. The Doggetts' place was a beehive of activity. Tables were being set up, and boxes of stuff were being unloaded onto the tables. Pot plants were lined up, clothing was hung up, pieces of furniture stacked up, and all manner of household items were piled up, until the Doggetts' carport looked like a mirror image of their own. Dad fumed.

'Did he pay for a newspaper ad? No. Did he spend hours making the signs at both ends of the street? Of course not. Did his shoes wear out while he distributed five-hundred flyers in neighbourhood letterboxes, fending off ferocious dogs and gossipy old spinsters? Not on your nelly! He's piggybacking off our garage sale, that's what he's doing. Blast! Blast! Blast!'

'Dad, Mrs Humphries wants to know if she can have the blue vase for two doll-'

Sarah's voice was drowned out suddenly by a loud metallic squeal. She covered her ears and looked around for the source of the grating noise. It was coming from the Doggetts' place. Mr Doggett was setting up something else on his front verandah.

'I don't believe it!' said Dad. 'He's using an amplifier . . . and a microphone!'

'Good morning, shoppers, and a lovely morning it is for grabbing a few bargains.' Mr Doggett's voice wafted loud and clear over the street to the bargain hunters in Dad's carport. 'Come and take a look at what we have here. Everything's in good condition and priced to sell.'

Sarah felt something whoosh past her. Old Huffy Humphries shot her a parting sneer as she made a beeline for the Doggetts'.

'Humph! Maybe I'll get better service over there!'

Sarah could almost see Mr Doggett's eyes light up as Mrs Humphries made her way across the street.

'Ah, good morning, Madam. Yes, come right over here – you'll find whatever you're looking for, at the lowest price. Guaranteed.'

A few more people made their way out of Dad's carport and headed across the street. Mr Doggett sounded positively gleeful.

'That's right, folks, step right up. Whatever others are charging for their stuff, we'll beat it!'

That last announcement cleared out Dad's carport altogether. The crowd was gone. Gone to the Doggetts'.

ISBN: 9780143301783
ISBN-10: 0143301780
Series: Aussie Bites S.
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 84
Published: 30th May 2005
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.1  x 0.5
Weight (kg): 0.11
Edition Number: 1