When I look at this picture I realize now I really should have put a sign on that little garage door that pointed to the large garage at the left that isn’t as easily seen because it is “side load”. When our friend Cheryl stopped over she said her first thought when she drove up was that we were closed because she saw a closed garage door. Oh well, people found us anyway.
And, let me just say, I love garage-salers! It was supposed to be rainy all day and in the morning we did get quite a bit of that, and it turned chilly — so chilly that Candy and I ended up wearing several layers while sitting out in the unheated garage and drinking a ton of hazelnut coffee to keep warm.
But, bless their hearts, those intrepid garage-salers didn’t let a little thing like bad weather stop them from making their “appointed rounds”!
In fact, they came and bought so much of what we were offering that at the end of the day (EOD in our garage sale terms is around 3 p.m.), we decided we had sold the majority of our “stuff”, had made enough money to make it worth our while, and that a one-day garage sale sounded just perfect to us! (And as I sit here typing on Saturday morning I can hear it raining and blowing outside, just an hour before the start (8 a.m.) of the second day of the neighborhood garage sale and I’m soooo glad we aren’t participating today.)
However I really did enjoy our one day. It is a continuing source of interest to me to see a variety of people look at the same group of items, but see totally different applications or opportunities! One item that is passed over repeatedly suddenly has the right person look at it and it instantly finds a new home!
One thing I have observed is that the most experienced garage salers are the ones who show up first thing in the morning. I’m sure they know from experience that that is when the best buys can be found. An example is a 6×8 area rug I sold which was in perfect condition. I had “priced it to sell” but looking back maybe I went a little too low. Because one of the first women to walk in immediately bought it and as I was helping her put it in her car, another woman rushed up and bemoaned the fact that she had stopped at a garage that “had nothing” and didn’t get here to buy that rug before the other woman! Hmmm. Think I priced it a little low at 25 dollars? I think so too. But, hey, at least we aren’t storing it any more!
Anyway, about 3 o’clock Candy and I packed up what was left to be taken to charity, and consider our one-day garage sale a success.
By the way, I made the purchase of the day from Candy! (Yes, some of that happens too — we buy each other’s “stuff”.)
Look at this cute, cute Very Bradley lunch bag.
Granted, I don’t work any more so I don’t need a “lunch bag” in the true sense of the term, but this will really come in handy when I make the trip to my sister Martha Lou’s house. That is a 2 1/2 hour trip each way and I have been carrying a small cooler (but still much larger than this) with me so that I can have a can of pop on the way down and one on the way back, as well as a couple snacks for the late afternoon drive back, because I usually call that “supper” on that day.
So, mission accomplished. We got rid of “stuff” (yes, some of it to each other, but don’t judge me until you’ve had a garage sale with a friend with great taste!), and we had a nice day of visiting with each other, friends who stopped by, and “garage-salers” — some of the most interesting people on Earth.