Saturday, July 29, 2006

Garbage, er, garage sale

We had our second ever garbage sale today. These things fascinate me. I like garage sale-ing. I like going and trying to find good deals...especially on kid stuff. But in this area, the pickin's are slim. Most of the stuff people sell out here really is garbage. But I've had all this stuff in our house accumulating for about 2 years. Most of it hasn't been touched, looked at or thought of for that long. To me, it's just taking up space and collecting dust. It's my junk, trash, garbage. And so when I price it and set it out for people to paw and pilfer through, I can't imagine that anyone wants my old junk. Why would they? I don't. But after 2 half days (8-1 ish today and yesterday) we made $209! TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS! I was just hoping to crack a hundred just to be able to fix my garage door and paint Stephen's room. We did sell all of the baby gear that we didn't want anymore and quite a few baby clothes, but everything else just quarter and half dollar stuff. We were swamped at one point yesterday...we could hardly keep up and people were coming back two and three times! I just can't wrap my mind around people PAYING me to let them take my junk off my hands so it can go take up space in their house. That's fine...whatever you want to do with's yours and I don't have to look at it anymore. We actually closed up shop today earlier than we had intended and took all the stuff that was left down to the resale shop down the road that benefits battered women and children. Part of me feels kinda selfish and greedy that we didn't just load it all up and haul it off to that place.

It was a really hard couple of days, but I feel so great about it! I know it's been said a million times, but I'm finally realizing the wisdom in man's trash really is another man's treasure!! In this case, one mom's junk is another mom's "big find"!


ksl said...

Are you nesting?! I Love nesting. I know you already though of this , but don't you need that baby stuff? Or are you going to let Marc-Adam do his own shopping when he gets here?

$200!!! GO YOU!! What color are you painting Stephens room?

Alli said...

Heehee....that's what everyone kept asking me. It was stuff we didn't use/like/need anymore. We're buying a new car seat and double stroller so we got rid of the other one and the single and double strollers (we still have an umbrella stroller). We got rid of the swing my kids never used and the highchair that I hated and took up too much room. I kept the bassinet and pack and play. And we still have LOTS of clothes. With the third baby I just realize how much stuff we DON'T need.

And Stephen's room is going to be done in camouflage and orange. I know it sounds weird but I think it'll look really cool...we're painting his room a camo green color with an orange stripe. I'll post pics when it's done. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

ksl said...

Ahh yes alot of the things you "need" for a baby you don't really need, and if you didn't use it the first two times you will never use it.

I love that camo/orange look. Target,yes?