Have you ever had a yard sale? I hadn’t…until this past Saturday. We’re moving and I’ve been waiting and waiting for a free Saturday to be able to unload some of my unwanted items. With 3 kids we have an overabundance of toys and outgrown clothes. I’ve even handed down lots of kids clothes only to be returned to me in case I could hand them down to somebody else. And now with a move quickly approaching, I just want to have less of a load to haul.
For weeks I’ve been taking forgotten toys and stashing them away from my kids view. I finally collected enough for a yard sale and my opportunity arrived. Last week we decided our Saturday would be free so we started planning. I put ads on Craigslist, posted signs in the neighborhood, and had an email sent out to all the parents at my kid’s preschool.
Saturday morning arrived. I was completely stressed out about being unprepared. Our boxes were still in the basement, we had exercise equipment and bins of clothes in the garage, and 3 kids to feed, clothe, and just take are of in general while laying everything out on the lawn. Thankfully my parents would be coming to help out!
By the end of the day what I’ve come to learn is that toys and books go quickly, nobody wants used clothes, and you get some weird requests. I think the strangest came from a guy simply asking if I have any hunting knives or little ceramic pigs. I almost cracked up and he stared at my table of Fisher Price and Melissa and Doug. “No, no hunting knives or little ceramic pigs, sorry.”