What makes a garage sale a good one?
- everything has to be neat and extremely well organized
- i want to be able to walk up and immediately see what they have to offer-no digging through tubs or piles o clothes
- nice, gently used items-no stains, tears, weird smells, etc.
- ideally more than one garage sale in an area (more options, make it worth your time)
- no smoking!
i love to find a good garage sale that has exactly what i'm looking for: gently used name brand children's clothes for less than 2 or 3 dollars. Ideally $1 or below! Last year i stumbled across a couple that had TONS of girl Gymboree outfits in just the right size for this summer for $3 each. Come on, it's hard to beat that!
Up to this point, i have held on to everything baby. I'm talkin' everything. I still had the swing, the exersaucer, the kick and drive gym, the boppy and...you guessed it: every article of clothing from Evan popping out to Lizzy's 12 month stuff. A couple of my neighbors and i decided to have a garage sale this past weekend and get rid of it all. i pulled all the bins of clothes out from the basement, the boys room, and LIzzy's room (there was too much to keep in one place!) and this is what my living room looked like not this past friday, but two friday's ago (yes, it took me all week last week!)
And after a week of sorting (i have a small garbage bag full of stuff that was stained or torn to either give to goodwill or toss), folding, separating, washing, organizing, finding enough tables, phone calls, fretting, waking up at 4am cause i realize i forgot something and climbing over this mess in the garage...
It was a beautiful day. Thank the Lord. BUt a bit windy. The clothes kept blowing off the tables. So all the sorting and putting together pieces kind of had to be redone...oh...15 times! We got smarter and put the tables in the garage Saturday.
i thought we'd get about $250 for both Friday and SAturday combined. We made $650! AND we still have a ton of stuff. I think we're going to try again in a couple weeks since it's all already organized and ready to go. It's worth a try. With my neighbor's stuff too we made nearly $1000 dollars! Nice, right?
Best news of the day? A nice teeny bopper and her little sister stopped and asked about the bunny (who just happened to be enjoying the sunshine. On the curb. Where everyone could see her.) And with Grandma's blessing, they packed her up and took her home. Grandma told me she used to have a bunny when her daughter was small so she was familiar with their needs, etc. and when i asked what happened to the bunny..she told me she had to get rid of the male rabbit cause he wouldn't leave their small female dog alone. That's your point to ponder for the day. ;)
So, KC will hopefully get the attention she needs now. She needed someone to love on her and pay attention to her. NOt just feed her and clean out her cage. The girls were really excited so i'm sure she'll be much happier with them.