Wednesday, June 6, 2012

We FINALLY Had Our Yardsale—Part Two

 "Well, if you can't raise fifty-thousand dollars with an impromptu carwash, I guess it just wasn't in the cards."

At last.

On Saturday morning, we carted all the stuff out of our living room and into our yard. The ad in the community paper had run. The Craigslist post was up and had been renewed. The signs were hung.

The turn-out was...a little meh. Again. But it was better this time, and we moved enough stuff that I feel okay about it.

I was surprised at how few books sold, even though most were in excellent condition. I guess lots of people have e-readers now (myself included), but we had tons of kids' books, too.

So anyway. Sunday I took all the leftover crap to Goodwill, the books to Half Price Books, and the kids' clothes to Once Upon a Child. We set aside a few things that we think are worth trying to list on Craigslist, but the vast majority of stuff went right to the Goodwill drop-off. And I gotta tell ya'—it feels GREAT. We still have stuff sitting in our living room, but there's not much, and if it doesn't sell, we'll just donate it. There is a light at the end of this tunnel. I have my big plastic totes back, which is going to allow us to move on to the next phase of our Getting the Hell Out of Here: Decluttering Edition plan. I might talk more about that later. I don't feel like it right now. It's been a long few months.
Come on, girl. You know you want me. Let's not pretend.

So if anyone's in the market for a tv/vcr unit, board games, surround sound speakers, a sub woofer box, or a dining room table, you let me know. I might have what you're looking for.


  1. Woot! I have been on a clutter busting mission myself lately and always think "Jen would be proud of this giant bag of trash I'm removing from the Closet of Bathroom Sort of Stuff." and then I'm like "well, not exactly proud OF the garbage - she'd probably be grossed out, but she would be happy that I'm slashing clutter across its stupid cluttery face." Something like that, anyway.

    It really does feel great to rid yourself of crap, and it's totally addictive once you start. Today I'm tackling my bedroom closet (FEAR).

    Anyway, good job! Also, um, what kinda board games? don'ttellkurtIasked

  2. Talk to me about board games and this dining room table. I HATE our dining room table/chairs.

  3. Jessie and Sarah, since you're both on my Facebook, I'll make an album on there today with the stuff we have left. I gave the crappy stuff to Goodwill, so everything I have left is stuff that someone might actually want. I'll get pictures when Husband gets home in a bit.

  4. I had my garage sale a couple weeks ago and it felt so great to GET RID of stuff! I had some stuff left over that went to my sister-in-law's sale this weekend, and I had a ton of baby/toddler clothes left. I think I'm going to pick a nice Saturday and throw the clothes out again for another round. Too many to just donate, but whatever doesn't sell the next round I might have to suck it up and just give away. Glad you got to get rid of clutter - LOVE IT! :)

  5. That's how I felt after our first sale—there was just too much stuff to not give it another try. But after the second one, I was done. It's great to make a little cash off your stuff, but there comes a point when the effort is no longer worth it. Two yardsales was definitely enough for us. I hope you move most of it on your second try!

    1. Yeah - I think after the second round I'll be done, as well.

      I put your blog on my list for the Reader Appreciation Award - feel free to check it out and play along if you'd like! :)

    2. Aw, thanks! I'm not familiar with that. I'll check it out!