Believe it or not, having a garage sale would actually be on my bucket list, if I had a bucket list. Growing up, I always wanted my parents to have one, but they never did. My mother would always say no, because she did not have the time. She would rather bag everything up and let Purple Heart take it away. My father would always say no. Basically, he did not like the idea of inviting nosey neighbors and strangers to have them “walk all over his place”.
I would reply, “Daadddy, they’re not walking all over; and besides, it would be in the garage.”
He would then say, “Well, the garage is not for sale.”
They would not and did not partake in “buying other people’s junk.”
Fast forward about thirty years; I still want to have a garage sale. However, I am my father’s daughter; with that being said, I do not want my neighbors or other Looky Lous “walking all over my place”. Why would I? Besides, my garage is not for sale.
Lucky for me, twice a year, the neighboring park district offers a program called “A Lot of Bargains” which is basically one huge garage sale in the parking lot; participants purchase a parking space to display and sell their wares. Needless to say, I was all in. The next plan of action was to find a GSB – Garage Sale Buddy.
I told my good friend that I planned to participate and she was more than happy to join me. Who wouldn’t want the chance to make a few extra bucks? A Lot of Bargains is an annual event held in a high traffic area advertised by the park district and for a small fee you can become part of a garage sale hopper’s paradise. What could go wrong?
Famous last words…
I had a lot of items, many that I could not part with. So I enlisted my children to help. If you don’t want me to sell it, just let me know.
Yes. You can keep that book…
and that toy…
No. I need your Halloween costumes, those will be hot items (if priced right).
American Eagle, Hollister, Aeropostale…OMG! I’m sitting on a gold mine (if priced right).
To make a long story short, I’m not a garage sale seller. I had sold clothing and other items on ebay before and was totally used to the “highest bidder” winning formula. Unfortunately, I was the highest bidder on most of my items. Although I did make some extra money, I took my remaining treasures to Goodwill and a local resale shop. On the contrary, my daughter’s Halloween costumes are back in their resting place.
In addition to checking something off of my non-existent bucket list, the garage sale allowed me to
declutter the house, make a little money and I’ll receive a tax deduction at the end of the year because of my donation.
A Lot of Bargains was a lot of work – the sorting, the pricing, the loading, the staging, the haggling and, and, and..
I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)