Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A First For Me!

I have never participated in a yard sale before.  But this week I decided to do everything I could think of to distract myself from the mess in Washington.  On the way to the grocery store I saw a sign for a community yard sale this Saturday.  I called the number and reserved a space.

I spent all day today gathering merchandise.  I went through cupboards upstairs and boxes in the basement.  I gathered it all in the dining room.  I have more than enough for a one-day sale.

I am a novice yard/garage seller.  I'm not sure how to set things up, how to display things, how to price things, etc.  I will need tables to set things on.  I will need to go to the bank to get change. Will people expect me to provide bags or boxes to put their purchases into?  Will anyone buy anything in the first place?  It's all making me a little nervous.

I hoped to talk my husband into helping me.  Saturday is usually his golf game, and  it's almost a religion to him.  I told him maybe he could just come at six a.m. to help me set up then go to his golf game.  Then I reminded him that his regular golf partner has occasionally begged off to go and help his wife count money for their church.  Later he surprised me by saying he would stay and help.  He's a much better sales person than I am; I am way too timid to deal with people I don't know.

I will probably be busy the rest of the week getting ready.  I have to organize things and label things and load things into the car.  It's going to be an interesting weekend!


Bearette said...

Never participated in a yard sale before?!? I used to have them with my mom, in the front yard.

judy in ky said...

My mom never did that. I don't think she was organized enough, or brave enough to ask money for things. She just gave things away or saved them for a "rainy day".
She was a depression baby and saved everything... you should have seen our basement.

Pam said...

You'll have so much fun!
A great exercise in human nature and people watching... Yard sale check list: plastic carry bags/ boxes, plenty of loose change, big smile, and most important - sustenance! You'll appreciate a well earned cup of tea and biscuit when you can!...and you definitely need two people - to field off questions, prices, giving change and keeping any eye on who exactly has paid. Some people just like to chat. Yard sales are great fun!

judy in ky said...

Pam, you give me hope. I'm glad you reminded me to take sustenance along; I hadn't thought of that. I will remember your advice and relax and have fun!

rachel said...

Just have fun, and enjoy meeting new people!

judy in ky said...

I hope to, Rachel! I will post some results.