Thursday, June 14, 2012

Temporary Lapse in Judgement or Insanity?

      YARD SALE!  Sounds like a great idea, right?  Clean out your house, get rid of your junk and make some money.  You know the old saying, "One man's junk is another man's treasure".   How hard could it be?

     I thought I had a head start on it when my friend Brenda and I decided to have one last weekend.   I had been cleaning out closets and already had some stuff boxed up.     Even though it was last minute I was sure I could get a few more things ready.   I cleaned out my pantry where I boxed up several baking pans, small appliances and other cooking items that I no longer used.  I also did a second go through of my purse closet and managed to weed out several more purses and bags.  Once everything was boxed and bagged, it was loaded in my car, barely leaving room for me.

     Brenda had just found out mid-week that her subdivision was having a neighborhood yard sale.  We had jumped on it thinking it was a great idea.  That was our first mistake.   A yard sale is never a good idea.  What it is is a lot of work!   You wear yourself to a frazzle cleaning out and packing boxes.  Next you break your back packing and unpacking the car getting to the location.  Then you carry tables and set them up, unpacking all the boxes you previously packed to attrack customers, setting prices as you unpack.  Hopefully, by the time you are ready to fall on your face you are all ready to open for business.

    For most people this may not have been such a dumb idea, but for us, it was pretty dumb.  I had just spent a week down in my back and Brenda is still recovering from knee surgery on one leg and is now having pain and problems with the other knee.  Needless to say, neither one of us had any business trying to have this yard sale.  I plead temporary insanity!   And did I mention, it was the hottest 2 days of the year so far?

     Bright and early Friday morning we were set up and ready for business.   We were so into this that we even grilled hot dogs to sell along with chips and bottled water.  We were prepared!  All we needed were customers.    While waiting, we looked up and down the street expecting to see yard sales everywhere.    Did we get a shock!  There were none to be seen.  We were the only one on that street.    Eventually, customers did start to trickle in and we found out that we were not the only yard sale.   Unfortunately, the rest were all on the next street over and not close enough to draw the crowd to us.

     Saturday turned out to be our busier day and all in all we did pretty well as far as sales.  By early Saturday afternoon we were both wiped out and closed up.  That brought more packing and putting tables up.  We were both on our last leg by the time we finished.

     Every time I survive another yard sale I vow, "never again...it's not worth it".  And this one was no exception.  Brenda and I both uttered those famous last words with every ounce of energy we could muster.  But, if you need any junk treasures, my next one will be at sister Jane's the first weekend in July.

Until next time...that's my view.
Kat





8 comments:

  1. I am so over junk sales. Don't go to any and definitely don't have any. They are a ton of work and then people insult you! Never, ever again for me.

    Now you go rest! For a week or so. ♥

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    1. I know. I really am over them too. My sisters are having one at Jane's house and I have a little more stuff I want to get rid of where I've been cleaning out closets. That will be my last one.

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  2. I have yet to muster up the courage to get a yard sale around. Bravo to you and your friend!! I hope you sold enough to make it worthwhile.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm not sure you ever sell enough to make it worth it but we did okay.

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  3. I did one ONE time when we were moving and I was ready to sell baby stuff. I made $900 and change so one would think I'd be motivated to do it again but I've never had the same quantity, never mind quality, of junk!

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    1. Wow, that was a great sale! They are a lot of work though.

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  4. Garage sales are hard. I had one a few years back and sold a car, a trailer and a bunch of junk but the work and everything to do it was so much work. Then to pack it up and do what with it? We just donated it all so it didn't come back home.
    As you can see I got back to your blog. I don't know why it didn't work before but ... well here I am. I bet I have tons to catch up on but I will plus I put you in my favorites so you won't get lost again.
    Take care Kat. Have a blessed night!!

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    1. Welcome back! I'm so glad you found me again!

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