Monday, September 28, 2009

PostHeaderIcon Cara:Selling your S#@% in Mayberry - An Update

OK so it wasn't THAT bad. It was a gorgeous day to be sitting outside from 7:30 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon.

People actually bought most of my crap. Of course we gave some stuff away...yeah big surprise. The adorable twin girls across the street have recently begun to play with American Girl dolls. We had AG stuff for sale. So we let them pick what they wanted. My favorite set of twins needed a new picnic table and much to my delight their mommy took that home when she stopped by for a bit. To be honest I would much rather give my stuff (this wasn't crap this was good stuff...just had it's day in my house and needed to move on) to someone who can use it.

That's what we told ourselves all day. It's a little weird to me to see someone I don't know walking away with my stuff. I almost want to say goodbye to it. (issues again, I know! I know!) But really? What good are those cute little beanie dolls Sam had that were sitting down in the basement on a high shelf never being played with anymore? Yes she used to love them. But no one even looks at them anymore. Isn't it better to see a little girl walking away hugging them? Now they will be loved. No more sitting down in the dark basement on a shelf. I like to imagine them with their little cute faces sitting on that little girl's bed.

I sold all my mugs too, except for one! No more puppy mugs! The woman that bought them was going to let her grandchildren use them when they came over. Isn't that better than being cursed at every time I opened that cabinet? (which by the way is breathing a sigh of relief now as I type). Friends stopped by to shoot the breeze (and to secretly check and see if the mugs were gone too I think!) We all ate pizza for lunch sitting on the curb with our neighbors and laughed at each other as we definitely got swindled by a few savvy garage sale experts. Not to mention the Iced Tea Sale was a big hit. Kids made about $25.....not bad at 25 cents a cup! How could you resist those faces? What a racket!

Young entrepreneurs at work

I know I write a lot about what annoying stuff goes on in my "Mayberry". But yesterday was a good day to be here. People that came to the sale were all very nice. We had a lot of interesting conversations with different people. Ariel was loving it too. She would walk over to every customer give them a sniff and a wag of her tail, so happy they were here. I think she thought they were all company! Mike left his wallet full of Iced Tea money on one of the sale tables. A nice lady came over with it and said..."I don't think this is for sale"...which was very nice of her. A bunch of little kids would have been very disappointed if someone had made off with their earnings.

When the day was over whatever we and all our neighbors had left, promptly went to the church around the corner who has their own rummage sales during the year and is happy to take anything. So all in all it was a fine day. Sun, conversation, community, pizza and cash. Really not much to complain about.


Rosanne said...

Your "favorite" set of twins is very excited to have a new picnic table (to jump off of) and as usual that it came from you, one of their "favorite" moms makes it even better. Thanks again!

Bethany said...

Oh wow, that was a nice woman who found the wallet. Great job with the sale!

Cherie said...

Glad to hear that you survived! So when is the next one??LOL

Helene said...

Sounds like you all did pretty well! The last time I had a yard sale it was a complete bomb!! I love that your kids sold iced tea...maybe that's where I went wrong. I should've had my kids outside selling some drinks...seems like it worked well for you!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog last week on my SITS day! I hope you'll be back again soon!

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