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My yard Sale
Posted On 05/06/2017 20:36:46 by Altara33606

I used to enjoy going to yard sales occasionally. But I lost interest in that when I realized I could just go to the monthly Flea Market at the Fairgrounds.

We've only had a few yard sales, mainly because we hardly ever have enough 'stuff' to put into a sale!  Well, my husband came up with this idea a month or so ago; we've decided not to bother with a pool this year, since the weather hasn't cooperated the last few years. So, he wanted to get rid of all the 'extras' we've accumulated over the years.  And since we'll eventually be 'downsizing', I figured this would be a good time to clear out our cabinets.

After all the 'cleaning out', we had filled our huge dining room table twice; we put things into boxes and plastic containers to make it easier to carry them outside. But we still had the table half-full of glassware to box up at the last minute, after we'd emptied a few boxes. 

Our neighbor across the street usually has several yard sales throughout the summer. My husband decided it would be a  good idea to get our things together and have ours this weekend when they had their first one. Unfortunately, we've had a lot of rain recently; and for a while, it didn't look promising. But the rain stopped by Thursday night, so we decided to go ahead with it.  With the water-soaked yards, we put everything on tables on the driveway.

 I got up at 5am Friday morning, only to find my husband had already taken about 3/4 of the things outside!  But I helped him take out the rest of it and arrange things on the tables we'd borrowed.  One man actually showed up at 6:55am! This guy is usually looking for something specific; he shows up at every sale our neighbors have. And they have so many sales beause they go to auctions and bring home a lot of things to re-sell.

It was cold & windy! But it slowly got warmer. So it actually wasn't too bad at all.  However, I think because of the weather and the fact that it's still 'early' to have a yard sale, we really didn't have too many customers.   We 'cleared' about $42, after deducting the permit fee. So that's not too bad--and we did get rid of some things.  After the sale, we decided to go through what was left ( a lot!) & trash some things.  However, that still left a lot of things.

 I'm not sure if we'll bother with another yard sale; I'll probably use newspaper ads to sell more of the glassware we've collected over the years. Our daughter, who had come into town to help out with the sale, decided to take 2 sets of glassware.  I cleaned out our dining room hutch & kept only the 'special' favorite sets we like.  That was interesting: my husband and I collected all these glasses over the years, but we have different tastes when it come to which to 'save' and which to get rid of! Then I've got a lot of Beanies (small ones ), teddy bears, etc; I'll probably end up donating those somewhere.

 Then, our daughter had brought 9 bags of books & 6 or 7 bags of shirts & sweaters; what didn't sell of those will probably go to either Goodwill or the Salvation Army.  I'll check with local hospitals and cancer centers to see if they want the books.

So hopefully, we'll eventually get rid of most of this stuff!    


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05/22/2017 14:46:03

I dont accumulate that much stuff as I downsized to a one bedroom apartment 10 years ago.  Each year I go through my stuff including clothing ( unless it has a sentimental value.  I still have one shirt I wore each time I was Pregnate with my girls.  I just give it to Goodwill.  I have a box ready to go right now. 

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