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one man’s junk…

we just had a garage sale – and even though in the newspaper we put 7:00 AM as the time that we would start selling, we had one guy show up at 5:30 and at least 20 other people show up before 7:00 (we realized it would be this way). I only had about 3 hours of sleep before I was out there, head totally groggy and hair a mess, talking with multiple people. We had a ton of stuff to get rid of in preparation for our move to Columbia next month. Our goal was to sell: $18 worth of stuff. That was so that we could pay for the ad we put in the Post & Courier and break even. We really wouldn’t have minded too much if stuff simply disappeared from our driveway.

it turns out we made well over $700 – and if you include the things that Yvonne sold in the corporate classifieds at her company we sold over $1100 worth of things we didn’t want or don’t need. Mind you most of this wasn’t super great stuff either. So we’re currently quite happy and also totally exhausted.

some highlights included:

the free pile – where we put a bunch of worthless stuff that started disappearing before our eyes.

the sale of a life-sized ceramic cat I made when I was 10 years old. It is sort of amusing to think that my childhood craft (albiet one that was made from a mould) is now gracing the living room of some elderly lady I don’t know.

our finally ending the garage sale when most of the good stuff was gone and all that was left was random piles of non-noteworthy stuff; when 10:30 AM rolled around we began feeling guilty when people started pulling up to the curb in their SUVs – there simply wasn’t anything cool left to offer!

13. Mar, 2004

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  1. drutstein
    13. Mar, 2004 at 2:36 pm #

    Wow, that’s awesome! Maybe Daisy and I should start thinking about doing something similar. It would probably be a good idea to get rid of a bunch of stuff before we left.

  2. thetofu
    13. Mar, 2004 at 5:44 pm #

    I wish I knew about it. I would have come! I love yard sales!
    That is funny about your cat. It is wild what people will buy and what they will not buy. 🙂

  3. meiux
    13. Mar, 2004 at 8:39 pm #

    That is way cool! I had a sale last year that didn’t do too well (too cold that day, I think). We made about 50 dollars and it was split between two people, but then we loaded up the truck and took the leftovers to Goodwill, and it made me feel very good to get all that stuff out of the house! $700 really is great!

  4. newki
    14. Mar, 2004 at 3:18 pm #

    Thanks!

    Tnak you for not telling Alysia. I’m pretty sure everything would have ended up in our house. (I just broke the news to her…she’s like “what about the pink swivel chairs”…

  5. guaponose
    15. Mar, 2004 at 6:49 am #

    serious garage salers arrive up to 2 hours early. i’m not surprised the good stuff was gone before 10:30 AM. 🙂

    it sounds like it was a success. woo.

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