The other thing is how the special needs world must be so lonely. The moms I have met are so dedicated to their kids, and are very limited in the amount of time they can be away from them. I'd like to challenge you to look around and find someone in that spot who could use a friend!
And in other news, for the next week or so I will not be working outside the home. I will be doing nothing but tearing my house apart, teasing out the outgrown, the underused and the no-longer-useful.
Yep, I'm having my first-ever yard sale next Saturday (May 16).
I've never been much of a garage saler, mostly because when the kids were all little, it was too much trouble to buckle everyone in, unbuckle everyone out, keep them from knocking things over, chasing the homeowner's dog, and/or keep them from whining to buy ANOTHER stuffed-animal Barney JUST LIKE the one they already had collecting dust on a shelf at home - only to find out the sale had nothing I was interested in buying.
I did, however, LOVE our local thrift store in Big Suburb. One stop, and everything was labeled, priced, and color-separated. It was almost the exclusive provider of children's clothing for many of our lean years, and is still the source of most of our preschool toys and all of our Legos. All that, and I could confine little people to a shopping cart!
Dennis, surprisingly, is really into the whole garage sale thing (maybe because he knows I'm TOTALLY overwhelmed at the thought??). He's been devouring tips on the internet, and already has things in piles all over the garage. I am SHOCKED, that, for a family that purged ruthlessly just ONE year ago (for our move, no less!), we still have stuff to get rid of!
People from our Sunday school class have donated items, so we are really hoping this turns out to be a good fund raiser for Allie-15's Africa trip.
Since this is uncharted territory for me, I would love to hear from anyone who has more experience than I do on garage/yard sales!
Some of the things we are trying to figure out:
- Whether or not to price some things, or just let people make offers
- How to set things up
- What foods/drinks to have to sell
- How to display things like clothes and small items
Anxious to hear from you!