Last Saturday was our second annual (and possibly last) block garage sale.
Though we made serious bank unloading shoes, handbags and home decor items last year, this year’s furniture, housewares and baby items didn’t woo the crowds.
But I’m totally great with that. This was our attempt at making a little cash off the final remnants of our move-in clutter. I just wanted to unload as much stuff as possible with the rest going to Goodwill or garbage.
We opened early at 6:45…accidentally. When I went to move my car that had been parallel parked in front of the garage, a swarm of early birds swept in, one almost knocking me over. The early birds are the vultures who swoop in without any attempt at civility. They toss items around, pick things up and drop them elsewhere, shout out counter-offer prices and move on – all in a matter of seconds.
I had higher hopes for the young, hipster crowd. I figured they’d love our unused/unopened or gently used baby gear. We had a few interested parties, but no buyers. One guy *REALLY* wanted to buy Dan’s unicycle, but his girlfriend refused to give him the cash for it…regardless of how much he begged. I kinda wanted to lend him the money!
We closed at noon. I immediately went into clean-up mode, packing up all remaining items for donation. Within an hour, I was at Goodwill dropping off our wares. They always ask if I want a receipt (for tax purposes) and I always say no for four reasons:
- I don’t know how to even begin valuating those items
- I don’t want to take the time to valuate everything we donate
- I get great satisfaction from being free of the clutter
- I’m a big fan of giving without the expectation of getting. I seriously disliked Starbucks’ recent campaign that gave a free coffee to anyone who bought someone else’s beverage. If it’s a spontaneous gesture, that’s great. If it’s a full-blown marketing campaign, nu-uh
Now, we’re just left with Dan’s eBay or recycling center-bound outdated technology (old servers, keyboards, etc) and some old sheets/bedding, which I’ve earmarked for animal rescue centers. I had every intention of donating them to a homeless shelter, but hygiene and bedbug concerns have many shelters refusing used bedding. Makes sense.
Overall, I consider the garage sale a huge success. Our neighbors fared better with their clothing and shoe offerings. One told me she watched how many shoes we sold last year, so she raided her closet the night before the sale. She’s a smart girl; she did really well! For the sake of community-building, it would be nice if we could make it an annual event.
Though, it would be hella great to not need another garage sale.
Maybe we should replace it with an annual KNOCK ON WOOD fest.