5 Steps to an AWESOME Garage Sale

I wrote about our family’s BIG life change HERE.  We are in the process of MAJORLY downsizing!

We just had our second garage sale this past weekend and have donated a lot to Goodwill.  Making decisions on what to take with us and what to store is exhausting, but we decided to only get a 5 x 10 storage unit, so paring down is a must.

This year we have sold over 12K of ‘stuff’!!  I know right?!  We still have one more vehicle to sell too.

5 steps to an awesome garage sale

Step 1:  Take everything out of the garage.

{Set your pride away and look like the ‘junky’ house for a day…..}

We made 3 piles on our driveway.  One to take with us, one to store & one to sell.  We had plenty to have the sale by ourselves this time, but usually we go in with other families to make it a BIG sale. 

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Step 2:  Price and put on tables to store in your garage.

I have found this to be the easiest way to set up quickly the morning of the sale.

I also got free boxes from my grocery store.

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I like to price low.  I mark a lot $1 or $2.   I take what’s leftover to Goodwill so I price to sell.  The less stuff I end up with, the better!

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Step 3:  Advertise

I put an ad on Craigslist listing our big things for sale to drive traffic and a notice on Facebook for all my local friends.  We bought sheets of posterboard in yellow at the Dollar Store and cut into fourths.  Then wrote Sale with an arrow.  Use all the same color and the same message.  The more simple the better.  When people are driving they just need an arrow to follow and the color lets them know they are following the same sale.  I don’t like to put the day and time on the signs because then I am not locked in to that.  I can open and close when I want.

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Step 4:  Money Table

I got $75 in cash from the bank; $45 in fives and $30 in ones.  This gave me plenty for change.  I have a card table set up at the top of my driveway to take the money.  This way they have to go through it all to get to me.  Just a way to bring your ‘customer’ in all the way to your sale. {do not leave the money unattended!  I always had one of my kids with it if I had to leave}

Step 5:  Have a FREE spot.

I had two free spots.  One at the end of the driveway and one at the top by the money table.  People LOVE this!!  When I see someone looking at one, I tell them there is another by me so they have to come through everything for sale to get to it.  This way they tend to buy something too.  The second day of the sale, I put out a lot more because it made my Goodwill pile less.  Believe me.  It will go FAST!

Those are my tips to a successful sale!  Do you do the same?  Or do you have tips to add?  Leave a comment to let us know.

Have a great day,

Claire

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Roasted Chickpeas

Otherwise known as garbanzo beans.  On my 2012 quest to eat more healthy, I decided to try some beans.  I am told they are chock full of nutrients so I did the adult thing and tried them…roasted.  Remember my crunchy crave?  It was worth a try to see if this will meet my goal AND desire at the same time, right?

I picked up two cans at the store.

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When buying food, I look at the ingredients to make sure I can read the ingredients.  Long fancy words do not mean organic. 

1.   Preheat oven to 450 degrees

2.  Drain and rinse beans

3.  Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil

4.  Spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray

5.  Bake for 30 min

6.  Lightly coat with cooking spray again

7.  Sprinkle with sea salt (or any spice/seasoning you wish!)

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What about you?  Do you eat beans?  How do you fix them?  Have you made these before?  ?

Happy Healthy Eating,

Claire

 

Our Family Dream

Our family has a dream.  We actually did not know we had this dream until last year!  In fact, we had lost the ability to dream.

You can read HERE my story before the big dream.

About a year and a half ago, my hubby and I were quite burned out.  My husbands ministry job involved working with youth.  While it was a JOY to serve in this way, we found ourselves drained over the constant brokenness of families and children.  Soooo many hurts to counsel and pray for.  During those years we also had a few hardships in our family, too.  I was ill after each child I gave birth to; the third one being cancer.  We went through many trials (and blessings) with a foster son.  My husband completed his Masters degree while working full time and being a husband and father. Like so many others, our church had to downsize in staffing which resulted in even more responsibility for my husband.   All that mixed together led us to burnout, only it took a little while to recognize that we were not really engaged with life. 

So, we found ourselves praying, as we have each year in ministry, for God’s calling in ministry for the next year.  It was the FIRST time in 16 years that my husband heard that our time was up.  That brought on a bit of fear, nervousness and….excitement.  Because at the same time, we had discovered a spark of dreaming again to the possibilities of how God could use us.  You know what that was??  RVing.  Yep.  Like in a 5th wheel. 

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This is a picture of our truck and trailer from last summer.  We went camping two or three times a year.  We will need a much bigger rig to full-time in so we sold this combo. 

Here is a picture of our new 5th Wheel.  It’s a 35 ft Jayco with 3 slides and it is perfect for us!

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We discovered we both had a passion to minimize our stuff, our life, our distractions and explore together as a family the US.  Our boys are growing up.  Like too fast!  My oldest is 15 and every time I realize how short our time is with him until he leaves for college, my heart stops.  It is our hearts desire to create a whole year with our kids, learning American History, serving, loving and learning about people, and most of all enjoying our family.  This will be a time for us to ‘fill our empty tanks’ and soak in each other, our Lord, family and friends around the country and hear where God directs us next.  

Our projected leave date is July 5, 2012 and our hope is to travel for one year.

{We are currently on the road!  You can stay in touch through our facebook page, WEERV}

Right now, we are called to be husband and wife, mom and dad.  We are so grateful for this opportunity to live a Dream most people only ..well…dream about.

What about you?  Are you living your dream?  Do you have any dreams that you have put aside?  Or maybe, like us, you don’t even know if you have any dreams anymore?  Let me know in the comments below.

Claire

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Happy Birthday to my hubby, Clark

This weekend we celebrated my husbands’ birthday.

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We have the same table decoration and button for every birthday.  Except my button is pink.  The boys don’t think the button is as fun now that they are older, but I think traditions are good so I put it out anyway.  Clark is a good sport and puts it on for the picture!

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He actually had to work on his birthday so I got up to make him breakfast.  This was a BIG shock to him (and appreciated)  because I am NOT a morning person and he gets up at 5 am. So I made him eggs, bacon and waffles.  Kissed him ‘happy birthday’ and goodbye and went back to bed.  LOL.

Because it is the end of his work week, he just wanted to stay home and have a special dinner and movie night with the family.  I made a carrot cake (his favorite) that afternoon.  The boys and I went out to get him cards and came home to this.

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I guess the dog loves carrot cake too….  I forgot to cover it up before we left and it was just too tempting for her.

Thankfully I also made big cupcakes and she did not get those.  Whew!

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Time to light the candles.  My son, Carter, loves this job.

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Happy Birthday, Clark!  Hope your wish comes true.

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What are your family birthday traditions?

Claire