Wednesday, July 2, 2014

So, how'd the yard sale go?

So people have been asking how our yard sale went.  It was a LOT of work.  I'll tell you that but you know what?!  It wound up being totally worth it.  People gave a TON so much that we rented a storage unit for some of the furniture items for the month.  Now, after the big sale, we've been able to move those items into our garage.  So, no. We aren't done selling things. If you have any interest in a little girls' bedroom set, kitchen table and chair set, 100 lb heavy bag complete with chains and gloves, a surfboard (we have two) books, dining room chandelier, wall hangings, three section folding mirror etc. let us know.  It's all going to fund our adoption.  

But the above picture is how our garage looked before the sale. I HATE clutter. So you can imagine how excited I was to be rid of all this stuff.  We spent the week before the sale pricing everything. We have two friends from church, Rick and Amy, that we owe a LOT to who came over and helped sort on Wed, Friday and then helped us sell on the actual garage sale date.  I don't even know how to deal with such amazing friend. It got to the point where I gave up on pricing things.  I finally just put up a sign at the sale for clothing and books and the craft items.  And we wound up having people bring their pile to the cash register and then we just quoted them a price for everything they could carry.  It was awesome.  For everyone.

We had our share of really, really bizaare donations including a certified, autographed photo of Janice Dickinson.
What we didn't anticipate were a few major bumps in the road prior to the sale.  Christian took the day off on the Friday before the sale.  That morning, I took a trip to Target to get more hangers and things for the yard sale and on my way home, my brakes went out on my Honda.  Luckily, I was walking distance from home and nowhere near an intersection when this occurred.  Christian drove the car home on the parking brake and it is still sitting in front of our house.  Depending on how much money and work needs to be done on it will depend on what we do with it.  We are planning on selling this car and getting a larger one but do need to make some money off the sale of the Honda in order to do so.  So, side note, please pray for our car situation.
Now, the sale itself went great.  We hauled everything in a Penske truck to my parents' house in Whittier. We ended up having to take two trips out there because the guy who had the Penske truck we wanted decided to extend his rental so we were stuck with a 12 foot truck when we really needed something like a 20 foot to actually get everything where it needed to go.   
Amy, the cash register queen.  She priced things and gave the customers rad deals that made us money and made the people who came super happy.  
Rick was pretty excited about the yard sale. . .
My dad serenaded us all on the guitar.  Several people asked if the guitar was for sale.  He said, "Sure! $2000."  He didn't get any takers after that.  
We had a consistent flow of people from the time we put the signed up on Whittier Blvd. until we finally took them down.  We sold everything that was worth buying, really.  It really was a fantastic sale.  

So there are a few special people we'd like to thank for their help.  Obviously Rick and Amy (already mentioned), my parents for all their help and for allowing us to use their yard and my grandparents who allowed us to invade their house and spend the night over there the night before, who watched the girls for us the day of the sale all day and who brought us breakfast in the morning and bought our whole family dinner in the evening when it was all over. . . all the people who donated items, money and time to make this happen.  We made very close to enough money to pay for the remainder of our homestudy and with the furniture items and big things we have left to sell, I'm sure we will wind up making enough to finish that homestudy very, very soon! Let me know if you want any of our remaining items!  God was faithful with our yard sale and I know He will continue to be as we continue this journey.  

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