Saturday, November 10, 2007

And the final number is...

As most, if not all of you know, today I had a garage sale. My first ever. I had contributed items to someone's else's garage sale in the past, but this garage sale was my first. And a good chance it will be my last.

I've gone through so many emotions doing this. It was MY stuff being sold for pennies on the dollar, and even then people didn't want to pay the $2.00 or whatever. They wanted to haggle. I HATE haggling. But it was so great to realize items and things that I didn't need or weren't doing me any good was making me some money that I so desperately need. I was overjoyed and sad all at the same time.

Jennifer, our friend Shawna, and our friend Lori all had things in the garage sale, though I probably had the most items there with all of my books, DVDs, and videos. We started at 7:00 a.m. and pulled our cars back into the garage at 12:45 p.m. It was fun, exhausting, frustrating, exciting, discouraging, and interesting.

We met a lot of people from all different walks of life. It was quite enjoyable to visit with them and learn some of their stories. It was frustrating when someone realized one of my paperbacks was $2.00 instead of $1.00, and SHE PUT THE BOOK BACK. It was sweet to hear of a woman's story who had a 10-year old girl who loved nothing more than to read books, all kinds of books, and she went home with about 25 books for her daughter to read. Another woman saw I had almost every book a certain author had written and she was so excited to get every single one of them so she, her sisters, and her daughters could all read them. What was great about her was she didn't even haggle. She realized getting 21 books for $40 was a steal and she and the rest of her family were going to benefit from it. The happiness on her face made this enjoyable.

The total for me for the garage sale alone was $234. With the pre-sale of some of my books, the grand total that I made by selling my things was $400. Jennifer sold about $50 worth of stuff, Lori sold about $20 worth of stuff, and Shawna (bless her heart) got to take all of her stuff home. This made the net for the garage sale $300. Not too shabby for a bunch of junk, eh?

Anyway, I'm grateful to have done this, and now I'm even more grateful IT'S OVER. Happy Saturday everyone!


Jennifer said...

It WAS a fun morning and I loved sitting outside and freezing (okay, it was in the 50s but I was cold) with you and chatting with our neighbors.

You forgot to tell about closing down... we were packing everything up to make a trip to DI when a truck with a trailer FULL of stuff pulled up. They offered $80 for everything left. Pretty cool. Probably saved us $10 in gas!?

I loved your faith filled response: That the Lord is teaching you and helping you in this process. WAHOO!!

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