Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Craziness!

Here is how my day went down yesterday. 
(Note: Sam is out of town for the week with our two oldest kids.)

10am - I brewed some strong coffee and enjoyed the company of friends and their kiddos for a play date at our house.

1pm - My friend was talking about her garage sale that she is doing the next morning. She was offering that I could bring some things over to add to her sale if I wanted to.

Hmmmm....

2pm - Our friends headed home and my three youngest went down for naps. 

What followed was this CRAZY idea that I should clean out our storage space, go through the WHOLE house AND the garage and gather a WHOLE cargo van full of stuff to take to my friend's garage sale. 


I've been wanting to tackle this space for some time. Something about being able to walk to my freezer and actually be able to open it. I knew that I had a lot of things to pass on to Goodwill and never in a million years would I have thought of doing my own garage sale. I'm a big fan of the easy drive up, drop off locations at donation centers. 

7pm - I frantically started pricing anything and everything!

8pm - My dad helped me drive the stuff over to my friend's home. 

10pm - We were driving home in the cool of the night and stopped at a drive thru for some smoothies. 

I have some odds and ends to clean up today before the kids get into the random piles that were left downstairs. 

The whole time I kept asking myself am I crazy? I could have never tackled this without the help of my parents hanging out with the kids after naps. Now that it is done I am SO GLAD that I pushed through to do it. 

Ahhhh...

Rest.

And that freezer I can now see...

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8 comments:

  1. This is totally something I can see myself doing! I love garage sales (hosting and shopping). I don't think I'll have much to get rid of this year for our annual town-wide sale. I'm going to make it simple by putting everything on tables and making a sign that says "Everything 50 cents unless marked". I think tagging is the worst part of having a garage sale!

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    1. Jessica,

      A 50 cents table sounds great! I agree, one of the hardest parts is tagging.

      ~Sarah

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  2. Great job on the purge Sarah!

    We have a lot of stuff to get rid of in our house. We've had 2 yard sales since I've been married and I'm not really liking them. The first one was last year and our sitter (my brother-in-law) didn't show up when he was supposed to, so we were trying to deal with a yard sale and a baby. I can't remember how much we made that day. But our second yard sale was this year and we made about $170. Which is nice, but not really worth the work. I list a lot of things for sale on Kijiji and in one day I made $150 by selling 4 items. So I kind of think that if I can avoid the yard sale and sell things on Kijiji I will. The smaller items that I can't sell will probably be donated to various church events or thrift stores.

    It's amazing how much stuff a household can accumulate and unfortunately we don't have much storage space in our house so I feel like I'm always sorting and purging! When will it end!

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    1. Amelia,

      It sounds like listing items individually really worked for you, that is great! I think that with a little one in the house listing items individually can be much easier than trying to put on a sale. I'm so thankful that I got to contribute to my friend's sale and not have to put the whole thing on myself. Although my kids would have had a great time saying hello to all of our guests! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  3. Maybe you can come and organize my life woman! ;-) It's so funny to see rinky dink tag sales (That's what us Connecticut folk call them!) in NYC! My friend annually goes to her church's garage sale where she rents a table for $50, so it's more like a flea market. Either way, it's totally different from the usual driveway table set up I'm used to seeing!

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    1. Kristin,

      Wow, I can only imagine how different those would be...gotta love NYC! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  4. I do a garage sale once a month, for some supplemental income. Most of the time I have something in mind that we need or want that normally we can't afford. Sometimes it is just a tight month and it helps me be able to buy groceries or gas. We have been blessed with people who give us their stuff that they would be giving to Goodwill. Love all your organization, I just found your site and have been inspired to clean our laundry area in our garage!

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    1. Kati,

      That sounds like some rewarding hard work! Thanks for coming by. :-)

      ~Sarah

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