Sep 28 2010

The GREAT Garage Sale

We did it!

This weekend, while Eric was held captive by his job for practically three days straight–I had a garage sale with my in-laws! And we made big bucks! Well…big enough to buy some essential (read: pillows, rug) items we needed.

This is how the Great Garage Sale started. I had to wake up at the ungodly hour of 6 a.m. on a Saturday

By 7 a.m. the signs were up, and we were swamped with customers!

Honestly, I was pretty embarrassed by some of the stuff I was selling, like my old make-up, nail polishes, face wash…etc…

I mean: Who was going to want to buy my junk?

What if they laughed at me and said: “You want a dollar for this piece of crap?!”

I think my fear of being laughed at led me to under-price my items, but at the end of the day I was happy people bought so much stuff!

My original goal had been to make $50 so I could at least buy my red ruffles pillow for my couch.

Well…the grand finale was…drumroll pleeeeeaaaassseeee….

$79! (plus an extra $20 my mother in law threw in for being such a great daughter in law! and so that I could buy my pillows!)

For a grand total of:


Not bad for a garage sale. And all that was left at the end of the day was a small little box…

And that old makeup I was so embarrassed of selling? Sold it ALL.

Now that I’ve actually started packing for the big move this week–we start moving tomorrow!–I’ve filled up TWO BOXES already of stuff I want to sell!

Luckily, my parents are doing a neighborhood-wide garage sale in two weeks!

I may just become a permanent sales girl…

and wait till you see what I bought with my earnings!


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  3. City Girl

    Happy that you sold so much stuff and made enough to buy a few new things for your place! Those are the signs of a successful garage sale! xoxo

  4. Shannon

    Isn’t it amazing what some people will buy? And used make up of all things? Ewww..no offense:) Go you on hauling in some cash!

  5. Newlywed and Decorating

    Congratulations! You definitely earned the pillows! Can’t wait to see them :)

  6. Akirah

    Yay! I’ve never had a garage sale before, but I love going to them. Right now I don’t have much I can sell…maybe some old books from college. If I did ever have a garage sale, I’d probably have many of the same fears you do. I’m glad you were able to make enough to get the stuff you need.

  7. Rebecca (Craving Simplicity)

    YAY!!!!!! So glad you get your pillows!!!!!

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  9. jay.

    Yay for couch pillows! I think it’s really cool that instead of splurging, you found a way to get the money for them. (:

  10. Vanessa @ Domestic Dame

    Hahaha That is too funny… we’ve been planning on having a garage sale for months now. Finally this past weekend we got off our lazy butts and reorganized most of the garage and seperated all of our yard sale stuff. We made some of the same comments… hunny kept saying how ebarrassed we are going to be selling it!! I kept telling him, who cares they have garage sales on almost every corner by our house so what does it matter!! We’ll see how it goes!!

  11. Erini

    That’s awesome! I always just end up donating my stuff… the last time I moved, my former roommates took 3-4 very large bags of shoes and clothing… (That way they could rummage through my stuff first before the general population.) I did sell my old couch on craigslist. It was kinda awesome to see how quickly that thing went!

    Again, awesome job and good luck on the future one!

  12. Ashley

    WAY TO GO! Seriously, that’s awesome!

    I’ve never had a garage sale, but I was super tempted a few weeks ago when my townhome complex was having a neighborhood sale. I decided against it because they wanted money from me to chip in on an ad… and all I really had to sell was books and computer monitors, so I couldn’t justify paying for an ad. I’m working on selling my books on Half.com right now, so we’ll see how that works out!

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