Monday, May 10
To Hold a Garage Sale or Not
In an effort to declutter our home we held a "garage" or "yard" sale on Saturday. I love bargains and the thrill of searching for something you didn't even know you needed, and when you find it you have that "aha, it's mine" moment, but being on the other side of things got me thinking of the pros and cons of actually holding a sale yourself.
-decluttering, downsizing, getting rid of lots of things that just take up space (especially things the kids had outgrown)
-meet the neighbours!
-make a little cash
-having fun bartering with others
-seeing smiles on other people's faces when they find what they were looking for
-spending the day outside
-thinking of it more as a social event, and not a way to make money
-what to do with the stuff that doesn't sell?
-loads of work to organize, price, and set up everything
-overall not a great monetary return for your time invested
We do have a great relationship with our local charity thrift shops, and most of the items that didn't sell will be donated there. Although my "pros" list is longer than the "cons", I think I much prefer the shopping side of garage sales, and will just choose to donate unwanted items in the future instead of holding a sale. What are your thoughts?