This past week was insane! I have been inordinately overwhelmed the last couple of weeks actually. Trying to get the tax work ready for the preparer, (the receipts, invoices, statements…so many things to add up and account for!). Preparing for this Garage Sale that was supposed to happen March 1st but was called on a count of rain… thank God! (I was not ready). My Hosting duties for The HomeMatters linky I had been Co-Hosting the last couple of months (there is a lot of visiting the guests blogs.). Planning and completing projects for my blog not to mention just trying to find what I need for projects taking a ridiculous amount of time and of course the usual day to day tasks like feeding the sheppies, the hubby, buying groceries, cooking, cleaning, laundry, bills, dentist…….you totally know what I am talking about!
Garage Sale ……Cheap !
Where’s The Fire?
This Garage Sale was super important to get done as soon as possible for a couple of reasons. First, I had accumulated so many furniture pieces that I had nowhere to actually work on any furniture pieces (Are you having a “been there, done that” moment?) Second, when our friend (the girls Auntie Lynn) moved back to Virginia she left some things with me to sell at the Garage Sale for her and aside from not being able to walk through the garage, I wanted to get that to her. I wish I had a picture of before the clean out but I was so busy cleaning that I forgot to get a pic! It was jammed full, let me just say that!
It’s Good to Have Friends!
Last week, in true Texas style, our friends Bob and Shawn came over to help us organize the stuff. We took nearly everything out of the garage, filling the driveway, sorted garbage and stuff, put back in first the furniture I was keeping to re finish and organizing the rest for quick move out on Garage Sale Day. We put up tables in the garage and set the small stuff on those so on garage sale day we just had to move the tables and furniture out of the garage. Shawn came over Friday evening and we priced everything. We placed green labels on all of Lynn’s items and any other color was mine. Bob sat at a small table on Saturday taking the payments, writing down the amounts for Lynn’s sales and mine as well while I haggled with customers over prices. Shawn ran around replacing the items everyone moved from one table to the other. (I am laughing at this behavior but that’s Shawn and she is a great friend to have on your side!). I would not even try to keep it all together. I’ve tried in the past and It’s futile. She loves to be organized though.
A Tall Drink Of Water…
I had a lot of very nearly new and unused items like bedding, lamps, gorgeous vases (many were used for staging homes only but do not work with my decor.) out for sale and marked according to what I paid for them. Discounted steeply of course but worth every pennyI was asking! Then this large truck pulls up and this tall drink of dark haired Texas spring water gets out, cowboy hat, tight jeans and all! (If I were 20 years younger….and single of course……but definitely younger! mmmm !) He started to haggle with me over prices, bundling things to get a better price, saying he”had just built a new home which was empty and needed everything”, and I was holding my prices pretty well when he pulled out the $200.00 Liberty Peace Dollar and said “I’ll flip you for the price”. Before I could think about it, I had agreed and the flipping began! Again and again the coin landed in my favor! I won so much I started to feel guilty! I made him some smokin deals, mostly because he was so damn good looking and totally charming and partly because I was having such a great time! We were laughing and flipping and he would gather up another bunch of items…..He left with a load and came back a couple more times during the day! He can come to my Garage Sale anytime!
A Gaggle Of Haggle
It’s awesome when it is busy and everyone is trying to haggle with me at the same time! I do not love the lady who was so freaking cheap that she kept giving me this silly face every time I told her my “best price” on an item. My Garage Sales are filled with really nice, high end decor. I am so reasonable on the prices I ask for them. I feel they are getting an awesome deal! They don’t ! Yes, It’s a Garage Sale but you can not expect to get something of high value for nothing……..or at least where I come from they don’t! Texans, pardon me Texans but you know this is true, are cheap. They want something for nothing, They want it dirt cheap, they want that “smokin hot deal”, they want bragging rights to how much they beat you out of on that item! It would be fun except they are dead serious! If you tag an old deck of cards with a quarter and a $60.00 lamp for $20.00, It is all the same to them. They do not see the difference. Both items should be a quarter!? sheesh! When I would have Garage Sales in Las Vegas people would just walk up to you and hand you the price you had marked! Easy Peasy! Before you think that I am insulting Texans, think again! They are proud of their abilities to squeeze the life out of a buck! Texans are proud of everything!
Speaking Of Quarters
I have one hard and fast Garage Sale rule……No coin change! Therefore no items priced less than a dollar. The reasons are numerous. I hate to nickel and dime things. There is nothing worse than having a fanny pack full of nickels, dimes, quarters and pennies, yes, pennies! to lug around and count at the end of the day. Not to mention trying to deposit 20 some dollars in change at the bank! I also feel that with inflation the way it is, anything worth selling is at least worth a dollar. Right!? If it weren’t, I would not even bother with it, I would throw it out or donate it. I will bundle smaller items like hardware and hair things into bags so they are getting their dollars worth but sure enough they will tear open the zip lock bags and pick out one little hair clip! I even staple them closed! who does that?
And Then It Happened…….
This was going quite smashingly till near the end of the sale my neighbor a couple of houses down stopped by and asked about some pots that I had for sale. (I should mention here that I did not recognize him. When I last saw him he was very very thin. ) I tell him they are two for a dollar and he wanted them all. I noticed there was an odd number left. (opening the door for change to be exchanged. uh oh!) He said “So that’s $4.50 for all ?” Not really thinking, I said “I don’t do change so you can have them for $4.00”. He said “O.K. I just live in the gray house and I’ll go get my money and bring it right back!” “Oh!” I said, “David D.! Right? I did not recognize you, you’ve gained weight!” ( Big foot in bigger mouth!) He just looked at me and everyone else started laughing and saying”I can’t believe you said that!” ( I meant that he looked healthy! He was not at all over weight!) So a little while later, here comes his wife, depositing into my husbands hand a fist full of……yes, Quarters! everyone was laughing that he intentionally sent me change! I said to his wife ” I think I upset him but I only meant that he looked great!” to which she replied”oh that! he told me what you said, don’t even think about it!” So while my husband and friends are laughing their butts off, I decided anyone that smart assed must be a great guy!
All in all it was a good day….We were totally wiped out but we made a nice chunk of (not change..Ha!) cash. We were worried about it raining most of the day but it held off till late that night thankfully. We were awakened by the sound of the Tornado Siren at 6:30 A.M. I should say we were awakened by Bella howling, in the middle of the bed, at the Tornado Siren, which I thought was just a Fire Engine. I was shushing her and trying not to awaken when hubby popped up and said it was the Siren. Then everyone was wide awake! Needless to say, we are all O.K !
You have any great Garage Sale stories? I would love to hear them!
Talk to you soon!