At the beginning of the week, one of our good neighbors said she was having a garage sale this Saturday and wanted us to join her. She sent out fliers to let all of us know, so about six familes on the street decided to join her in decluttering our homes. She posted the times in Craig’s List and out on different streets. Time is clearly marked. We never had a garage sale before, so this was exciting.
At my normal time since we got the pups, I’m up at 5:00. By 6:55 I am placing a table out on the driveway. The sale begins at 8:00am. At 7:10 people start showing up. I have one table with just a few items on there. One woman comes up and says, “Is this all you got?”. I said, “The garage sale doesn’t start until 8:00, I don’t have it all out yet.” She says, “So, there is no more?”. I said, “no”.
All the neighbors got their junk treasures out to sell to all the people coming our way. Our home is situated where I can talk to three neighbors in their driveways, at the same time. So, we sit and chat. About 8:00 or so, it starts to sprinkle. Then it sprinkles more. Then it pours.
It doesn’t stop. We place all the furniture on the porch and cover what was left out on the driveway.
It stops pouring and just sprinkles. Amazingly, people still came out to look. I had to meet everyone and tell them there was more on the porch. By 9:00 our neighbors have made 60 dollars. We have made nothing.
We did have a few offers on some things. One woman wanted to pay only $10.00 for our antique dresser. One woman wanted to pay only 50 cents for some toys that really could go for $2.00. One woman wanted to pay only $15.00 for our George Forman Grill. We were asking $30.00. It was a brand new never used, $100.00 George Forman Grill. We told her she could have it for $20.00. This was our conversation. Her $15.00? Me no, $20. $15.00? $20. $15.00? $20. $15.00 at this point I am laughing at her and said, “NO, $20.00!”. If she had asked again I would have said no sale. She ended up getting it for $20.00. It was a good deal for her.
So at the end of our garage sale, we made $29.00. I am declaring it here for all to see, read, and understand. We will never. have. another. garage. sale. EVER!
Want to know what happened to the stuff that didn’t sell? Sir Husband packed it in the van and gave it to Betty Griffin House. The furniture and some of the toys are going on Craig’s List. 😀
Update: Sir Husband has sold his plainer to a man who was interested in it from the garage sale. I just sold my clarinet off of Craig’s List. 🙂 It’s starting to make us feel better about the garage sale, but we still will never have another one.