Monday, April 19, 2010

Garage Sale Tips

We recently had a garage sale.  I had stopped doing garage sales, after a lesson about sharing our excess at church.  Back then we drove by Deseret Industries fairly regularly, so it was easy to drop things off as we needed.  Now, it takes more energy to donate.  Plus the community has garage sale days and the kids like to participate.

A few years ago, the kiddos wanted a Wii.  I encouraged them to go through their clothes and toys and purge the things they don't use anymore to sale at the garage sale.  All the money went into the Wii fund.  Since then we've done the same type of thing, but for our vacation fund.  We've never made hundreds of dollars from garage sales (I guess you have to have cooler stuff to sale).  The biggest satisfaction for me is reducing the amount of clutter in the house.  It's also added insight on what not to buy our children for gifts. 

One thing that we always seem to have a lot of is clothes.  I tried something new at this garage sale to avoid having so many clothes left over at the end of the day.  I put out a bunch of plastic grocery bags and a sign by the clothes that said "Fill a bag for $1". We made more off clothes than in the past and there was half as many left at the end of the day than other times.

We didn't make a lot of money, but we are very likely to make our vacation goal!  And there's more room in the house :)

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