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Saturday, July 6, 2013

52 Weeks of Kindness - Week 27

We had a MONSTER garage sale the last few days.  Sales were respectable through the first two days, but I REALLY wanted to clear stuff out. I'm more interested in getting rid of stuff than I am making money.  The goal of Day 3 was to get rid of as much stuff as possible to save me the hassle of boxing it up again.  

I should add a plug to Craigslist here.  I used it to advertise my sale each day - updating the list of things still available for sale.  It's free and you can add pictures.  I will never pay for a newspaper ad again.  ANYWAY, I outlined my plan in my ad and got LOTS of great feedback from everyone as they arrived. 

What did I do?

For two days, no one looked at our bin of stuffed animals.  So I let every child choose one for free.  This cleared out a LOT and made dozens of kids happy.  Win win.

The adults I met in the driveway with my Outburst game in hand.  If you are unfamiliar, it gives you a category (things that are white, cities that start with B) and you have a certain amount of time to name 10 things that fall into that category.  I gave them one "bargain buck" for each correct answer and they could use it same as cash.  

The result? Some people got bigger ticket items at a reduced price, while others were able to "pay" for their new treasures entirely with the bargain bucks they'd won.  I got rid of a lot of stuff and everyone had a great time.  I can't tell you how many people thanked me for the fun -- and amazingly I didn't feel the need to hide behind anonymity this time.  

Best. Garage. Sale. Ever.


shelly said...

That sounded like fun.

Hugs and chocolate,

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Garage sales usually aren't fun - good for you!