Friday, April 11, 2008

The point of no return

I've hit that moment of sheer panic.

The yard is water-logged, the garage is not emptied yet, and I have less than 24 hours before the yard sale starts.

Too late to stop; too tired to put all this stuff back.

I did, however, mop around the pile.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I always panic a few hours before a sale, but somehow I manage to pull it off and so will you. I never have things as organized as I would have liked and thought I was going to, but does it really matter? Just put it out there and the rest will take care of itself. I do hope someone will be watching Elize as I don't know how you would do it and watch a toddler, too! Good luck. We will be anxious to hear how it goes. P

Meredith said...

My mom is bringing a few items and staying to watch the kids.

Andrew is setting up a concession stand with soft drinks and cracker packs.

What do you think on pricing? 50 cents each?

Anonymous said...

We always charge 50 cents for soft drinks and bottled water. That seems about right to me.

Anonymous said...

Bless your heart. I hope it goes off without a hitch. I vowed never to have another sale. We had a huge sale at our house one time for a large group we belonged to at the time as a fund raiser. The night before the sale everyone brought the things to our house to set up, price the items, and agree as to who would be here to help with the sale etc. Well, wouldn't you know, it came a huge thunder storm, we lost power, and the power did not come back on for hours. So we had all this stuff and it was dark we could not do much with it. But the ad was in the paper, the signs were out, so the sale had to go on...The morning of the sale, only 3 others showed up. So it was a real test to get the things sold...but we did it. We managed to raise more than $1500.00 with that sale.
Good luck to you. I am sure it will all work out in the end. Roxie

lydia said...

Can you email me where your garage sale will be? Is it on craigslist? I'm pretty sure I live near your Wild Oats~:-)

lydiathekicker@yahoo.com

Connie said...

Meredith, I wish I could come to your garage sale...I see several items in the picture I'd like to have. Best wishes for a GREAT sale.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Good luck with the yardsale. I'm going to a big one tomorrow and if you were near me, I'd go to yours too!

Rhoda

artgirlATL said...

Hang in there Meredith. And don't over do it. Your walking for two now.
Good Luck. Do your Big Money Dance!

Mrs Nespy said...

Good for you for mopping. =) I do things like that when I need to feel SOME sense of accomplishment when I am otherwise at a standstill.

Michelle Smiles said...

Is it bad that I'm trying to shop from the photo? LOL

Good luck - hopefully the weather isn't too yucky.

Rhonda in OK said...

I also wish I could shop from your picture but I think I am 500+ miles from you.
Is that blue toile chair for sale?

Anonymous said...

Oh, I know that feeling. Just remember, people are doing you a FAVOR by using their gas to haul this stuff away. Otherwise you'd be selling it on Ebay, right?

Andrew's pricing sounds very reasonable, if he's making profit. People won't be able to help themselves, I'm sure they'll throw him a few extra quarters just for being a budding entrepreneur : )

My kids love to sell food at our yard sales because they always rake in the dough!

We have, in the past, sold everything from Twizzlers (3 pretty red ones tied in striped bakery twine for 10cents) to cookies, to homemade pies (at $10 a pie, there was not a single one left!) For the pies, I purchased at cost from my friend who has her own commercial kitchen; the kids got all the profit. Because of licensing laws, it would have been illegal for us to make/sell our own pies.

deb meyers

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to hear about it! We were contemplating having one, but instead we're donating or selling on craigslist so far. I thought it would be easier to sell on craigslist, but maybe one exhausting day would be better than the trickles of people coming to get things. Do you price everything or let people ask you? Tagging everything is one negative for me. I have participated in consignment sales, and that was time consuming making me shy away from a yard sale at the moment.

Amy said...

Oh good luck! I want to have one too but when will ever have the time?? Gah.

Amanda said...

I wish I could come to your sale. I see several things in that picture that I would love to have.

Good luck, and keep us posted!

Janel said...

So can we deal on your toile chair?? ;)

Praying all goes well!

Emily said...

Oh, I wish I was coming so I could buy that toile chair!!!

Good luck!

Nancy said...

Is that toile chair for sale? Wish I lived closer!

Sniz said...

Hope the yard sale happens and you get rid of all your stuff and make lots of money!

Anonymous said...

What makes everyone think the toile chair is for sale? Looks like the garage sale things are just being gathered together in Meredith's living room. That's my guess anyway.
Vicky

Jen said...

Okay, I have to say it makes me giggle that the yard-sale queen is having a yard-sale to sell all her yard-sale finds! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Best of luck on your sale. The pricing for the food/drink table that Andrew's doing sounds fine. My kids did their own selling as well the last time I had a garage sale, & it was the best thing I could have done....keeps them focused on something, teaches them some marketing strategies, & makes them feel like real entrepreneurs! Hope it's a super day for all.

Brenda