My wife and I finally decided to have our first garage sale. Our subdivision held a community Spring sale event yesterday and it was the perfect timing to empty our house of the things we accumulated for the past 8 years. We were all excited of the idea of getting rid of the space occupying items as well as getting some extra money from selling them. We thought it would be easy until we started putting out our belongings including our son’s old clothes, books and toys. Personally, I realized that these were not just things I’m giving up. Each one reminded me of a memory that held a special place in my heart. It saddens me to lose that piece of object that reminded me of the wonderful experiences that I had with my family, from the time I got married and migrated with my wife to the U.S., to the birth of my son and his growing up, to the places we’ve been, to the family and friends we met along the way which up to now are dear to us. But it was time to let go. So, as the next alternative, I decided to take pictures of the things that we were selling and write about them and what they meant to me and to my family. Thus the creation of this post.
The alarm went off at 05:45 a.m. yesterday. The initial excitement turned into a brief panicky, stressful episode. My wife and I forgot to put the price tags as well as sort out the various clothes, toys, household items. We were so tired that we slept at 02:30 in the morning and decided to cram the rest when we wake up but it was already 07:45 a.m. and that we were supposed to start at 08:00 a.m. I also had to leave my wife at 09:00 a.m. for my son’s soccer game and his team’s picture-taking. Everything was a rush, a blurry event if you will. Our friend called us to just open the garage door and take the plunge. She started selling her stuff at 07:00 a.m. and already earned $100.00. She said to just price the sale items as we progress and just adjust the pricing based on what the customers can afford or willing to pay. She gave a very good, honest and sensible advise. So we kept changing the prices, keeping a constant observation of the buyers. Their facial expression , body language and tone of voice were all key points to determine if they really wanted a particular thing or not. Sometimes after a customer buys a lot of items, my wife would give 2-3 pieces of clothes as an extra bonus. She was motivated to make a deal. Me, I was just hoping for no left overs . I was enjoying the concept of having more space in the house. A few friends passed by, they’ve been going around the subdivision, some for curiosity others to buy targeted things. One of my friend got a stainless steel dishwasher as well as a complete toilet bowl set from our neighbor, Tom. As more people came in, my wife and I started to feel more relax and actually got to enjoy the whole event. I let my son watch for about 30 minutes before we left for his soccer game.
As I cheer, ” Go Gators, Go Gators” at my son’s game , I was also checking out my wife via iPhone making sure that she was doing okay. Half of my call were unanswered which means she was still busy. I was concerned that she may need a restroom break and that she had no one to relieve her. Just before the game ended she called me that she was wrapping up. That was around noon. She told me that most of the things that we needed to sell were sold except for some clothes. I told her, ” Yep, time to call it a day”.
The garage was all clean when I arrived home. I was impressed. My wife was still vacuuming the foyer and I told her to stop , rest and eat the burger I brought for her. She asked me how he did at his soccer game. I told her with pride that he scored 3 goals. I then counted the earnings with the help of my son. We made a total of $347.00 . We were both happy. I told her to rest a bit while I help my son take a shower then we would have an early dinner at Yao Ming’s Asian Bistro and Restaurant to celebrate and treat ourselves.It was time to eat real food.
Overall, the Garage Sale was a success. It was also a humbling , learning experience for me, my wife and even my son . It taught us to let go and not to be attached to material things. It helped us to bond and do things together . It allowed us to share a bit of ourselves to others. More importantly, it made us realize that happiness is easier to achieve if we simplify our lives and put priority in supporting each other as a family particularly in times of trials.
What is you Garage Sale story? It would love to read them in the comment section. Have a great day.
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