Last Friday and Saturday was our neighborhood garage sale. We do this once a year and it was a great opportunity for me to get rid of a lot of the things I’ve been purging. It gave me a deadline and a goal to accomplish the 60 day challenge that I had set for myself.
I spent a good deal of time over the past month or so gathering items to sell, and at the last minute, remembered that I had not gone into my storage area. I quickly pulled a few items out of there on Friday morning and this bolstered my inventory. Forgot about the twin bed frame that was there (left over from when I redecorated my niece’s room). We also decided to get rid of most of our yard equipment, since we are hiring a lawn service this year. And finally we decided to clear out some of the basement furniture to prepare for hopefully replacing our living room furniture and moving the current furniture down there.
I had read a few blogs and discussed some pricing strategies with friends who held regular garage sales and spent Thursday evening setting the items up on tables inside the garage and putting on price stickers. We borrowed a clothing rack from a friend and I had another rack. I put all those clothes that the consignment shop wouldn’t take on these racks and priced them all at $2 each or 3 for $5. My goal was to make a little money, but more importantly GET RID OF STUFF!! I had a basket full of shoes also at $2 each. I didn’t really set up a store front, but I did try to group items by category… sporting goods on one table, household/kitchen items on another, etc. It seemed to work because I had several comments on how organized it looked. I also decided (great advice from a friend) to hold my prices pretty firm on Friday on the good stuff, since I still had Saturday also to sell it at a lower price. This worked out very well. And I even had one lady who offered a lower price on the twin bed and said if I didn’t get a better offer to call her and she would come back for it – I didn’t and she did!
Friday was a better day than Saturday. The professionals come on Fridays to buy our trash and turn it into someone else’s treasures. We also benefitted from 2 other neighborhoods nearby having their sales the same weekend. We sold a LOT of stuff, but still had a lot left over. Luckily for us, our neighborhood organizers arrange for a charity to come through the neighborhood on Saturday afternoon. If you sign up, they will stop at your address and pick up anything that is left over that you still want to get rid of AND give you a receipt for your donation. We ended up making around $700, but spent $150 on new bar stools that a neighbor was selling. It was a lot of work, but I felt so great after purging all of this stuff!! I met my 60 day challenge (well, most of it), made enough money to buy a new desk for the office and can actually see what a difference has been made. I don’t enjoy holding a garage sale, but it was a pretty good experience over all.
Bonus – since we weren’t very busy on Saturday, I used the time to sweep out and sort of organize the garage. That felt great too!