Sunday, August 29, 2010

Garage Sale #2

The weather cooperated and we had a successful garage sale yesterday.  The forecast was supposed to be rainy all day, so we wondered if we would have any customers.

We got up early, got showered and dressed, and stopped by Hardy’s for breakfast. We then went on to the storage lot.  Guess what?  Al left his set of keys at home, (the ones with the keys to the storage locks).  So off we went back home to get the correct set of keys! 

I found a website called You can list your garage sale for free.  I put ours on to go  from 9am – noon.  We were able to get the keys and get back by 9:am.   Unfortunately , I don’t think any of our business came from this website, but I’ll probably try it out again next week.

We were much more organized this week, had more tables set up and everything was priced.  We had one couple come in and they bought about $90 worth of stuff.  Of course we’re selling things cheap, so they got some good deals.

We ended up selling $134 worth, and were happy with our sale.  A lot of people didn’t have money until after the first of the month.  Many people promised to come back for certain items.

We started at 9am and left at 10:45!  Things had started to slow down considerably and we decided call it a day.    Since our signs were what was drawing the people, we took down the signs and went home!  I can tolerate a couple of hours, but not much more.

There are a lot of Mexican people in this town. I guess many of them work at Monrovia Nursery, which is nearby.  Many the plants you buy at the garden centers are grown here.  It’s a huge nursery covering a huge area.   I suspect many of these people are not legal and many of them don’t speak English.  They don’t have a lot of money, but seem to be decent, hardworking people.  One lady keeps coming by and she has bought a few things, but is very tight with her money.  She bought a blouse and scarf yesterday.  After she left, I decided the next time she comes (and she will ) I was going to give her some of the things she’s looked at.  I figure the clothes that don’t sell will end up at Goodwill and this way, I can eliminate the middleman and give to the poor directly.  In fact, I intend to go through my closet today and find her some more stuff.  She’s the one that bought my canning pressure cooker for $7. She got a deal on that!

I have my views and thoughts on the illegal immigration situation here in this country, but when you see the people and their children, you have to sympathize with them.  I don’t know for sure they are illegal, but I have my suspicions. 

Anyway, garage sale #2 is done and without too much aggravation.  Al sold a some tools and I actually sold a few Christmas items.  If I could just sell the treadmill and ultraglide machine!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations, it's really kind and generous of you to show such compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves.

    I'm one who happens to admire the courage and tenacity of folks who are simply trying to improve not only their own lives, but especially, the lives of their children.


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