One Person’s Trash is Another Person’s Treasure

When I paid my $10.00 to be a part of the 2010 Interlachen Park Garage Sale, I had no clue what I was getting myself into.  I only had a few items to get rid of, so I recruited Linz and Marita to sell their stuff with me.  Between the 3 of us, we had plenty for a great sale.  We had the best time on Friday night, marking our items, pizza party and hanging out in the garage while the boys watched football. We were really looking forward to the day ahead.

Marita had planned on picking up Starbucks and being over to my house by 7am to set up the sale with me.  Since the sale started as a neighborhood at 8am we thought that would be plenty of time….WOW, how we were wrong!  As “first timers” to the Interlachen Park garage sale extravaganza or “amateurs” as Marita was calling us, I rolled out of bed around 6:30am, brush my teeth and threw on a sweatshirt. I thought I would get started setting up earlier, so that maybe we could just relax once Marita got there.  When I opened my garage door at 6:45am, there were already cars lined up and people waiting to shop. Hard core garage salers!  I started running around, setting up tables, throwing clothes on racks and just as I set up my first table there was a swarm of  women walking towards my driveway with bags and strollers in hand, ready to buy.  “Are you open?” they asked?  Caught off guard I repeated “Open? Um…well, I guess if you find something, sure!”  It was 10 minutes later I had 15 more people on my driveway, grabbing clothes and other items and throwing their cash at me.  It was madness.  I called Marita in a panic and thankfully she was almost to the house.  What would I have done without her?  When she arrived we just looked at each other and laughed.  We made the rest of the day pretty fun and enjoyed seeing our “junk” being bought. The garage sale ended at 4pm and by 2:30pm Marita and I agreed we were over it!  Just about ready to be done with the day, we put a sign on my driveway that said “All Items $1.00” to try to get rid of more stuff.Over it!!

Lessons learned from our first annual Interlachen Park garage sale:

  • Be set up and ready for the hard-core garage salers by 7am.
  • Be willing to say “yes” to anyone that asks “Will you take $5.00 instead of $10.00?”
  • Don’t worry about organizing the tables. People will destroy them the minute you organize it.

All in all, we had a great day, some good laughs and we all made a little bit of money.  I think we might need a year to recover but Marita and I both agreed that we are looking forward to this crazy tradition together!

The first hour!

A steady stream of people all day long!

Maybe I should take a cue from my neighbor, tents and proceeds going to charity.  I really dropped the ball!

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