what was I thinking…….
I have been preparing for a garage sale to clean out my Mom’s house after her passing last March. I thought that it would be the quickest and best way to dispose of the ‘stuff’ that none of the family wanted or had a use for. NOT!
Actually, I think it was a way to avoid feeling guilty for not wanting to keep all Mom’s things. As I have been going through every drawer, closet, and cabinet I have felt like the kid who got caught with hands in the cookie jar. We have spent a month going through things and the sale is this coming Saturday. I think we have already spent more on fuel traveling back and forth to town everyday and buying our lunch than we could ever hope to recoup from the sale and that includes the $110.00 we have found stashed here and there in her things. We are both exhausted and frustrated. I had one other garage sale about 40 years ago and just recently remembered swearing never to do it again!
Pricing is one of the most difficult things to do. DD2 told me to ‘google’ garage sale pricing tips yesterday, so I did. I found out that it was too late to use those tips. It seems that the steps I have taken so far have all been wrong and there isn’t time to implement the hints for having a successful garage sale. The one bright spot right now is knowing that come Sunday morning the nightmare will have passed. Well, not really because then we will be forced to load up what doesn’t sell and haul it to the dump ground, but I am seeing light at the end of the tunnel!
My DH and I have decided to begin going through our ‘stuff’ collected over the last 45 years and weed out, throw or give away anything that remotely resembles junk. Hopefully, when we are dead and gone our children can be thankful that their job won’t be so traumatic. We are going to leave instructions that after the family gets what they want to just pile what is left up and have a big bonfire, maybe have a cookout and celebrate the good times we had!
Oh, one more thing. We have a 40% chance of severe thunderstorms for Saturday……