One of the families in my neighborhood is moving soon so she organized a neighborhood garage sale. Since it involved no phone calls, sign making etc. on my part (just my $4.00 contribution to the newspaper adds) I decided to have my family participate. I told the kids there were two rules 1) Anything they sold of their own stuff, they got to keep the money and 2) anything unsold got donated. Saturday was the day and the weather was beautiful. We made about $140.00 total and better yet, got rid of a lot of stuff. The kids willingly cleaned out some of their old toys and each made at least $10 - $15. Anything I sold for the family will go towards a waterpark trip we are taking next month with family friends. After the sale was over, I bagged up all the remaining stuff and took it directly over to the local Goodwill. I did not want it coming back into the house to be gotten rid of "eventually". Even though we did not make a lot of money, I was very pleased with the results. I would love it if our neighborhood made this an annual event. Having it be a neighborhood garage sale really got a lot of people to come. I also had to laugh. We had this plaster bird, I think it was an eagle or hawk of some sort. It had been part of my mother-in-laws stuff but I cannot imagine it ever being in her home. Not her taste. Anyway, I wanted to throw it away the moment DH brought it home but he would not let me. It lived on a shelf in the garage for two years and he kept threatening to bring it in the house. I told him I was going to sell it - the kids had a bet that no one would buy it. It was one of the first things that sold. I put a $2 price tag on it - I honestly thought I might have to offer someone money to take it. Not only did it sell right away, but while the buyer was shopping more, someone else wanted to buy it and offered even more money for it. Just goes to show you that there are all kinds of people out there with all kinds of taste.
Saturday Garage Sale
July 23rd, 2007 at 01:13 pm