Garage Sale, Day One

So, today I held a garage sale. In six hours, I sold two blouses, a roll of raffle tickets, two VHSs, a plaque, three pairs of earrings, a bracelet, Brita water filters and a pin for a grand total of $18.10 and two stuffed animals. I rock.

And today I learned:

  1. Jesus wants me to sell all my stuff – A woman pulled to the side of the road in a Grand Caravan with an “I Love Garage Sales” bumper sticker. It was a cold day out, so I was wearing Lexcie’s MIT sweatshirt. She came over and literally petted my shoulder and said, “Oooh, you went to MIT!” I told her that, no, I just borrowed the sweatshirt. I didn’t bother to tell her it was Lexcie, lest she go over and pet him while he was sawing a pine branch on the sidewalk. Anyways – she purchased two pairs of earrings and a VHS copy of Oh God, You Devil. She went to go some change out of her car and returned with the money and two stuffed animals that her granddaughter didn’t want anymore. I refused the money, telling her the stuffed animals were an even trade. She handed me the money, and said, “Take it. I want to support you. And Jesus would want you to sell all your stuff.” She left a happy camper with her earrings and video, and even managed to sell a guitar of her own to a neighbor who was browsing at the same time.
  2. Crown Vics are more likely to stop at a garage sale – Lexcie counted seven – yes, seven – Ford Crown Victorias whose owners stopped to browse the garage sale. And no, none of them belonged to the Suffolk County Police Department.
  3. People are more interested in 1988 Volvos than my knicknacks – A few people wanted to buy Lexcie’s car, even though it wasn’t for sale.
  4. I will never sell my stuff because I don’t price items like the thrift store and library do – A woman matter-of-factly told me she could buy all of my books for 35 cents at the library and the brand new blazers I had for sale for $2 at the thrift store.  Well, then go shop at the thrift store and library then, geez. I’m just trying to pay off my student loans! (Nevermind that I could only pay approximately 15 percent of my monthly payment with today’s sales, but still…)
  5. People buy stuff you never think you’d sell – Roll of raffle tickets, $1. Clarinet music book from the 1970s, $1. Bachlorette party pin that says “Lucky,” 10 cents.
  6. Early Birds are crazy – It was raining this morning, so I didn’t get a head start on setting up the sale. A woman stopped by at 9:00 a.m. (the sale didn’t technically start until an hour later) and rang our doorbell. Mom told her politely to come back at 10:00 a.m., to which she replied, “But why haven’t they set up already?” Well, duh – it was raining! A few minutes afterwards, I went outside to set up. It was still drizzling, so I had a tarp and garbage bags covering all of my items. I watched her circle the block for a half hour while I put out the items. No sooner did I place the last item on the table, she pounced like a lion on a gazelle. “Do you have any dishes?” No. “Children’s toys?” Stuffed animals. “No, real toys. Antiques?” A painting. “Too expensive.” She then ripped the tarp off to sample the goods, and left without buying anything – or replacing the tarp. Lexcie was out of commission at that point, so I was a one-man team, scrambling to cover everything again. However, most of the items – but thank goodness, not the books – had a nice shower. Bounty paper towels to the rescue, and we were back in service.
  7. People want what you don’t have – A blender. A television. Computers that you can take apart. Milk bottles. Dolls. Books on the Bible and spirituality. How come no one wanted a foam hand with the Dr. Pepper logo, an Ultimate Dance Party 1997 CD or a Christmas-themed Hershey Kiss wind-up car?

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s adventures.

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