It’s been nearly six years since Scott and I scattered our unwanted possessions across the front lawn, peddling them to strangers in hopes of turning a significant profit.
Our Syracuse yard sale — held just a week before our cross-country move to Seattle — generated enough cash to purchase a brand new Vizio flat screen TV from Costco. Surprisingly, the hottest selling items were Jolie’s gently used dog dresses, and several paintings I had created in college that I could no longer stand to look at. Go figure.
Fast forward to life in ‘Sota, where have accumulated enough excess crap to warrant a “cleansing” of our gently used assets. Next weekend, Scott I will host our first ever GARAGE sale.
(Note the name change, as this is the first time we’ve ever owned an actual garage.)
Over the course of one (possibly two) days, I’m hoping to achieve the following:
- Get rid of at least twenty throw pillows.
- Earn enough money to pay for one of our plane tickets to Maui this January.
- Have the most fun, fabulous, socially stimulating garage sale in the history of garage sales.
Let’s face it — garage sales can be dull, uneventful and even tedious. As the daughter of Washington State’s most avid yard saler, I’ve been dragged to my fair share of yawn-inducing rummage sales. So how do I make my event different? Is it even possible to create a sale that is lively, boisterous and downright enjoyable?
Here’s what I’m thinking:
- A (spiked) lemonade stand. (You don’t suppose I need a liquor license for that, do you?)
- Lawn games! Cornhole, Twister and croquet, to name a few.
- Snacks. Lots of snacks.
- A free glass of wine when you purchase 3 or more items.
- Karaoke. (Do you think the neighbors would complain?)
- A cake walk. Obviously.
- A free glass of wine if I like your outfit.
- Complimentary skin cancer checks by Scott Taylor, PA-C.
- A “snuggling chair” where you can sit, and soak in the cuddliness of two dogs and a cat who just want to love you.
- A free glass of wine if one of the critters accidentally farts, urinates or sprays on you while in the snuggling chair.
- End of the day BOGO sales.
- Free palm readings! While I have no official training, I could slap on big earrings and a head scarf and act super convincing.
What do you think? I’ll admit, the skin checks could be a little creepy, but the rest seems pretty fun, right?
Any tips on making our little garage sale the best thing since the snack aisle at Trader Joe’s? I’m all ears.