Sunday, November 3, 2013

That Didn't Go Well At All

Trey Smith

Thirteen customers. That is all we had for 14 hours over the two days of our moving sale. While we sold several of our mid-ticket items, we didn't sell one of our big ticket items (e.g., refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer, studded snow tires). With only two small thrift stores in this part of the county, we can't donate all the stuff that remains, so we are going to be forced to try the sale again next weekend. This, of course, sets back our schedule by another week.

I probably will be a basket case by then!

As I noted previously, I get very attached to tangible objects. Having to part with so many of our possessions is tough enough, but now I have to stare at them for another week! I had girded myself for this weekend to be a rough one for me emotionally and then, by and large, it didn't pan out. Most of these "prized" possessions remain in the house and I will have to work around them during the intensive cleaning phase.

Our experience this weekend makes us a bit anxious about next weekend. What will we do if next weekend comes to a close and we've had few sales? It's not so much the worry of less money -- though that certainly plays a role -- it is more what to do with all the stuff left over. Some will be donated, but as noted above, our local thrift stores won't accept that much volume. It seems so wasteful to take perfectly good items out to the dump, but that may be our only option.

We just have to do a better job of advertising the sale. More colorful posters up on all the community bulletin boards. Della will post information on her Facebook page. I guess we also will keep our fingers crossed and heap prayers on the garage sale gods. ;-)


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    1. I live in the hinterlands beyond the reach of Craigslist. It doesn't really cover my geographic region. The closest one is around Astoria, OR (50 miles south). Few people will drive north for the purpose of ostensibly saving a few bucks to buy a stove since they would end up using up the savings just to get here.


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