I've been toying with the idea of having a garage sale but after seeing these images over on stephmodo this morning I think I'm sold. I didn't realize the impact they had on me until I tried to go to sleep and couldn't get garage sale logistics out of my head. I finally decided that in addition to the big purge our home needs, my mind needed one as well. So here I am at close to midnight typing away!
I haven't had a garage sale in years! The last time was while I was in college and a few friends and I decided, on a whim, to have one. Luckily one of them had a house on a fairly busy street and 48 hours later her yard was flooded with our "wares." I can't remember how much I made but I know it was more than I thought. What I can remember, however, was how late I was up the night before sorting & tagging. Not a pretty sight.
It's the memory of the hassle it was that's kept me from having one in our current house. Well, that and the fact that I thought it was against our HOA rules. Given a neighbor of ours had one last weekend that's either faulty information or she decided to buck the system. Either way the idea of our own garage sale snuck into my mind and after seeing the images above, they've taken hold.
I've been trying to attack our clutter for some time now and would love [and I mean LOVE] to free up some of our very limited closet space. I did a huge purge of the master closet a little while ago and while that stash is destined for Goodwill, I have a ton of other things that really need to find good homes. This new push is being driven by our desire to finally attain a cohesive look in our living area and a lot of what we have is in desperate need to go. Some things will definitely need a little TLC but isn't that what a lot of "garage sale seekers" are looking for? That and a good deal? I certainly hope so because I can offer both.
Before I take a serious jump off the deep end and commit to this daunting task I think Lee + I should make the rounds of a few upcoming garage sales. We can see what works [and what doesn't] and decide if this is something we want to take on. I could take everything to Goodwill [minus what I'll be donating to the children's hospital] but it would be really nice to make a little money off of it. I know it wouldn't be much but some is definitely better than nothing.
If my mom was here [or lived close by] I wouldn't even be questioning it. She's a whiz at such things and I'm fairly certain she'd have everything organized, tagged, and sold before I could count to ten. Given she's in California and I'm in Louisiana I don't see one of her "garage sale spectaculars" in my future. That being said I could use your help...what advice do you have for me if I do, indeed, decide to go through with this?
::image originally from Good Housekeeping