Cleaning out and getting rid of stuff just has to happen.
I have been needing to clear out the garage for months so I can get ready for my candle sale. The kids rooms are filled with broken toys and things they don’t use anymore. They have grown out of their clothes and it is time to purge.
I started cleaning out Delaney’s room first. I did it while she was at school. Wouldn’t you know, when she came home she knew stuff was missing! Then she cried and tried to tell me how she needed her Ariel ride on car so she could use it to stand on to get things that are out of her reach. Really? So that is what she has been using it for? The she pulled out all the clothes I was getting rid of. She told me she was still wearing them. She never wears shorts, ever. She pulled them out and put them on and cried that I couldn’t get rid of them. Sorry little girl but they have to go, along with the Ariel ride on car and all those broken jewelry pieces you didn’t see (oh if she would have caught me throwing that away it would have been the end of the world).
I also found her stash of chocolate. She had a stash in her vanity cabinet and also a stash in a purse. And she thought mom wouldn’t find it. Oh she was wrong.
She had a baggie with brownie crumbs, a little snack cake wrapper and this Kit Kat. I think we might have a closet chocoholic on our hands.
Here is what Delaney’s room looks like when it is picked up. Take a picture (oh wait, this is a picture). Normally the floor is covered with piles of clothes because she changes her clothes and put on costumes about twenty times a day.
Now Teagan is a different story. He brought me a whole box of stuff he didn’t want and I had to go through and explain that he just got some of this stuff and he might want it sometime. He is so funny. Unlike his sister, he likes his room neat an organized. I think he might be a minimalist. All he really wanted to keep were his Legos, light sabers, Star Wars toys and his books. How easy is this kid?
Teagan didn’t make this mess, I did. I was sorting toys and throwing away stuff. I hate all the junky vending machine toys. Why do kids love that stuff so much. They bring it home from birthday parties and church and it magically disappears in a few days (I make it magically disappear). Do you think Teagan will figure out I threw away his yo-yo with the knots in the string. Let’s hope not.
Nice and clean and picked up. Knowing Teagan, it will stay this way for a while.
This is not all my stuff. Julia has been bringing over her junk to sell. She walked in and Brad says, “Oh great, now you are bringing your crap here? You better watch Michelle she is going to want to buy half of it, don’t let her.” Does my sweet husband not have any faith in my garage sale buying skills? Julie has some good stuff! I think I might buy that picture and put it in the salon. You will just have to wait and see.
The majority of this is kids clothes, and the pony. Everyone needs a pony. I will sell you one cheap.
Garage Sale Day!
I should have known it was not going to be the best day when I woke up and it was misting outside. What is up with the California weather? It was 90 degrees two days ago! Anyway, my signs were made (did you see them?), the tables were filled with junk and the garage door is ready to roll up! We were going to start at 8am. I got up early but apparently it wasn’t early enough. Why do these garage sales have to start so early on a Saturday? Julia shows up at 7 and says my neighbor is having a huge sale and she already has a ton of customers. So I hurried and put out our signs and asked my neighbors (Terry and Al, who I have known since I was 12) to please tell their shoppers about our sale. We were throwing our stuff out on the driveway hard and fast, you can’t miss the crowd or the window of garage selling opportunity is over. These people are like animals looking for food and they just start going through stuff and throwing it all over the place. The organizer in me had to take a breath and just let these people wreak havoc on my beautiful garage sale displays (you know I had it all laid out neat and pretty!).
We advertised on Facebook.
I told everyone to look for the awesome signs and the two hot moms in the driveway! My friend Kristine saw my Facebook post and stopped by to check out our treasures. She brought us coffee (I don’t do caffeine very often and it amped me up good!) and hung out for a bit. Then my Aunt Kathie and Uncle John stopped by with donuts (yep, now I was amped up with a sugar high) and they left with some random junk, my brother’s kids baby swing and Teagan and Delaney’s old crib (not for them, for their soon to be grand baby!). Julia’s friend Jill came by to buy some baby things for her grand daughter and Marci stopped by to buy some of Julia’s stuff too (which I think Julia just gave it all to them because I hear some yelling and saw them throwing money at each other). At the end of the sale Jen, Nikki, Erin, Jeremy, Becky, Tom, Dan, Sheree and the kids (they were all down at Terry and Al’s garage sale) all stopped by. I tell you this garage sale was quite the popular place!
Stealing at a garage sale? Really?
So, we had quite a few people customers and these two ladies are just making huge piles in the middle of the garage where people are trying to walk. They are not bothering to ask us the price and when other shoppers try to pick something out of their pile (not knowing they were buying it) they got mad and said it was theirs and they were buying it. The one girl had asked me how much my Mary Kay makeup was (I was selling some old inventory but not super cheap because I wasn’t going to give it away) and I told her and she didn’t look interested. She just kept piling other stuff. After about 35 minutes of this I finally asked her to move her pile so we could give her a price and other people could walk through the garage. I started to clue in when she kept interrupting me and trying to make me lose count when I was adding up her mountain of stuff. Julia was also adding up a pile of stuff for her and this lady’s friend was translating for her (did I mention she didn’t speak English, only Spanish). I ignored her interruptions and came to a final count of $110 (I told you she had a lot of stuff), well she didn’t like that price and told me “NO, I pay $60”. I said, “No, you pay $110”. Then she is negotiating with Jules and her friend is saying something about the red bucket is filled with toys and she wants a group deal on all the toys. It was so hectic, we were frazzled by these two women and to top it off the other customers wanted to know prices and wanted to buy stuff. Everyone was handing us money and it was really confusing. Thank God for Julia. She is yelling at the lady to pay us and that our prices were fair (go Jules) and dumps the toys out of the bucket (it was a 10 gallon bucket) so she can count them up. The lady had stuffed a bunch of grocery bags at the bottom of the bucket and underneath was all my Mary Kay makeup! Really? The stupid lady was ripping us off. Then Jules asks me if I knew if the stuff was under there. I was trying to watch them and I hear Julia getting really mad and saying “You are a thief, I would rather give this stuff to Amvets than sell it to you, LEAVE”! The next thing I know they are gone. Thank God! I couldn’t believe what had just happened. Now we were left with two huge piles to put back on our tables. All this happened in that short window of opportunity, when all the other customers were there, our peak buying time was over. We could have sold so much more stuff if those two wouldn’t have been trying to scam us. We put the stuff back on the tables and discovered even more small items stuffed in clothes and other creative crevices. It makes me mad just writing about it.
When I told my mom (she sometimes works for an estate sale company) she told me that happens a lot. They start piling and distracting and then before you know it, the good stuff is stolen! I consider myself the garage sale queen (I try to go “sailing” often) but I have never witnessed that before. I will SO be ready next time. Don’t mess with me!
It doesn’t seem like a lot of stuff now that I see this picture, but the garage had 5 tables and the counter tops full of stuff.
We were also fighting the misty drizzle and all our stuff was getting wet.
Julia didn’t want me to take a photo of her so she is running away!
At noon I tried to close shop and leave but the people kept coming.
Usually I am done and packed up for Amvets by 10 a.m. Well, with all the visitors, the thieves, and the customers it was 11:30 and we still hadn’t packed it up. I also had not taken down the signs and we had about 6 people show up (if you don’t take down the signs they will just keep coming). I needed to leave and go to Teagan’s soccer game but I didn’t want to leave Julia alone with these strangers in my driveway (you never know these days, after all, we did almost get robbed). Well, it was a good thing I stayed because the last little bit I was going to have to haul away, they bought another $40 worth of it. So, I was a little late to the soccer game but it was worth it.
I am not sure this was the best garage sale I have ever had but I can tell you it was the most exciting. I was still amped up when I got to the soccer game (that is a blog for tomorrow). I still have to take the left over stuff to Good Will or Amvets but I got the garage cleaned out and ready for the candle sale in December. Oh and let’s not forget I made $200. Sa-weet!
Another day in my life.