Monday, June 12, 2006

Necessito un lapiz, gracias, de nada.

Hello. Let me start by apologizing for our absence. We tried posting a few times last week, but Blogger was slow and repeatedly lost our posts. And then we were too busy over the weekend to try again.
What were we busy doing? Gathering up our junk to put on display in our friends neighborhood, you know, having a garage sale. I didn’t know much about the whole process, but I think I have a pretty good handle on it now. If you are interested in having a garage sale, here are a few tips.

  • Gather everything you don’t need that isn’t terribly broken from your home, especially old clothes and electronics.
  • Don’t bother hauling out large furniture or breakable dishes. You will haul them home again
  • Place these items in a neighborhood with families, sidewalks, and garages. In our case, we took them to a friend’s house as our neighborhood lacks these essential items.
  • Don’t bother pricing anything.
  • If you do bother with pricing, price everything a few dollars over what you think it is worth.
  • Don’t price any of your clothing items over four dollars. Not even your very expensive brand name jeans that you spent $100 dollars on. Chances are these particular pants will sell for $2 or $2.50 if you want to haggle for a while.
  • Do sell your old VCR and VHS tapes, even if you thought nobody used these anymore and it was a waste of your time to bring them. Gold, pure gold.
  • Do sell any archaic electronic item in your home. Someone will want it and know how to fix it.
  • Realize early on that getting $1 dollar for an item that is worth $4, is still better than taking said item back home again.
  • If you hold your garage sale in a neighborhood with a large Hispanic population, remember to brush up on your Spanish or drag along your Spanish speaking husband, so that you don’t stare rudely at your customers as they ask prices and answer with nonsense. Example.
    Customer (in Spanish): How much is this bowl?
    Me (in broken Spanish): Thank you! I need a pencil. It is raining and cold. It’s nothing!

I couldn’t remember the words for sunny, hot, or humid, or part of that might have made sense.

Actually, the yard sale went really well and we were able to help our moving fund quite a bit and get rid of things without the guilt of throwing them away. We can rest easy that our items found good homes, and that a huge step was made toward getting ready to move.

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