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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Perfect day for a garage sale!

Right before we moved, back in 2012, we had a garage sale.  We had a lot of our own stuff, but we also sold stuff for our parents.
Fast forward a few years and it was time again to weed out some things.  We had the typical housewares, the random assortment of odds and ends and the accumulated bric-a-brac.  All high end stuff, let me assure you!

This time, however, we also had quite a bit of baby stuff.  If you've ever put on a garage sale, you know that this can be what makes or breaks ya.  People always seem to be looking for infant gear, and this time was no different.
I will admit, it was bittersweet to see things like the crib, jogging stroller and highchair go.  A closing of an era of our lives that, at one point in time, I wasn't sure we'd ever even see or be a part of!  Same thing with all those little outfits that have sentimental value.  Realistically though, it is silly to hold on to the stuff, especially when others can certainly use it.
While we were hawking our goods, the girls had set up a lemonade stand.  The Noodle was in charge of finances and production.  Mei Mei was the greeter.  Both did their jobs exceedingly well.  From 9-3, they pretty much stayed at their post and kept an eagle eye out for customers.  At the end of the day, their little stand had made $23.  Not too shabby!
Our final count was $380 which was a pleasant surprise, especially since it didn't seem like there was tons of activity.  The main goal going into this was to get rid of stuff, which we did.  The added benefit was making a little extra moolah.
We decided to take the same approach with the money made from the sale and the lemonade stand as we did with all that Halloween candy.  It was another great opportunity to talk about being intentional and giving the tithe (10%) and then giving another 10% to a local charity.  That still left the kiddos with some mad money and allowed us to have a little extra to take when we go on vacation.
By the end of the day I had carted off a full car load of stuff that hadn't sold to Goodwill, J and the girls had cleaned up most of the remaining stuff and had taken a quick dip in the Lake to cool off.  I picked up dinner from our favorite kabob restaurant and we ate using our finest china and crystal right out of the styrofoam containers 'cause we're classy like that--beer bottle and all.  Ha.

Then it was early to bed for all of us--we were exhausted!

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