July 28, 2005

My 50-cents: selling off the house's haul

As I haul shopping bags into my house, I always think about how much goes into my house--never about when it leaves.

Most things leave in a garbage can, while others can serve a greater purpose of earning some extra cash for future junk.

This evening, my house seemed to regurgitate all the "stuff" that we have gathered the past few years, making our front lawn and parking spaces look like a nightmarish Hee-Haw episode.

Yep, that's right y'all, we're fixin' on havin' a yard sale. I love it.

I won't actually be attending the two-day junk extravaganza, but I have contributed to the mass of clothes and general junk (Beanie Babies, candles, picture frames, and etcetera) that populates the front porch. I consider it a free donation to my sister, her boyfriend, my mother, and aunts, who will be running the sale.

We make about $200 dollars for a few hours just sitting there, and we get rid of the mountains of crap lining our closets and basement--a definite win-win. I think my sister is putting her earnings toward her church camp trip that is coming up in August.

We have had some great sales over the years. I can't believe some of the things people have actually purchased:

1. A vanity without half the pieces (we told the person about this fact and he still bought it)
2. An Elvis vest, which featured several scenes of Elvis dancing in blue suede shoes throughout the garment
3. An old carton full of empty, dusty soda bottles we found in our basement when we moved in.

A few sidelong glances came from our customers when they saw these items, but who cares? We want rid of it all.

I get on my mom's case about junk collecting. She has the habit of going to auctions and yard sales. I can understand the fun of it, but we end up with so many things that we don't use. I think it has made me wary of what I buy and keep. She's been working on it, and so have I.

My closet isn't bursting at the seams anymore. As a young man once told me--a person needs only so many pairs of shoes. Though I love my shoes, I'm seeing his point, thus saving my extra cash for more important things like car insurance. ;-)

It will be a great sale, I think. We have all the hallmarks of a good one: antiques, collectibles, contemporary house stuff, male and female garments, and yes, the occasional, I-have-no-idea-what-it-is-mark-it-cheaply item.

I guess we'll see how it goes.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at July 28, 2005 9:57 PM | TrackBack

Sounds pretty cool... I just might have to stop by and browse, myself.

Your mom does seem to be a bit of a pack rat, but I'm no better -- I love collecting junk. ;P

I think my favorite things to look for at yard sales are books; sometimes you get lucky and visit a sale sponsored by someone who shares your tastes.

Posted by: ChrisU at July 28, 2005 10:57 PM

"My mom collects microwaves like they're going out of style!" That sums it up for me ;-) But I still think your mom is great.

Good luck with the yard sale... I know how those can be. We haven't had to have one since after our house fire, since we don't have much that we don't want. Actually, that's been a blessing in disguise because not only do we not have to have yard sales, but when we do have junk we don't want it makes it much easier to just send small bags of things to goodwill rather than someone saying, "Wait! Keep that around for the yard sale!" Sheesh.

Posted by: Karissa at July 29, 2005 10:54 AM

Chris, I agree about the books; my Austen, Shakespeare and Faulkner volumes are all yard sale finds. And not one of them carries a mark by the previous owner; I think it was an apathetic college student.

Anyway, the yard sale is in full swing now. Katie did so well today with my clothes that she asked me to go through my closet again. I'm pretty attached to everything I have now, so I'm probably not going to do that.

As for my mom, she did do really well with getting rid of a lot of stuff that she doesn't need. I'm proud of her.

And Karissa, I think she threw out, sold or gave away the microwave collection. I think she realized that ours isn't going to die any time soon. Hallelujah!

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