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Garage Sales Suck

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time flies by.  I spend the entire year looking forward to the summer months and then end up being so busy that I don’t get to enjoy them much.  I cannot believe that we are already into June.  The next two weekends are already booked up, then Zach’s birthday and party are at the end of the month.  Before I know it we’ll be into July.  I am looking forward to July, but it will be busy as well with a weekend trip to Springfield for the annual family 4th of July bash and then off to Alabama for a week to hang out with the in-laws.  A week of swimming, relaxing, and limited internet connectivity will do me a lot of good though.  I really want to find some time for a weekend getaway to the lake as well.  Maybe in August?

This weekend left me totally exhausted and feeling a little ill.  I was up until almost 1:00 a.m. Friday night getting things sorted and set out for the garage sale.  Just as I was finally falling asleep, my nephew woke up crying.  I jumped up to get him before he woke Zach up.  I ended up putting him to bed with my mom (who was also staying over) and getting back to sleep just in time for Zach to wake up crying.  I couldn’t settle him down so he ended up coming back to my bed with me.  I think I might have gotten about 3 hours of sleep before my alarm went off at 6:00.  As much as I wanted to stay in bed, I made myself get up.  I still had to post sale signs around the neighborhood and pull the tables out of the garage for the early birds.

The garage sale wasn’t a huge success, although I guess it depends on how you look at it.  I ended up making about $60, and my sister made about $40.  Some of the bigger items that I thought would go pretty quickly did not go at all and some of the junk that I didn’t expect to sell was picked up right away.  Go figure.  I’ve still got two strollers, a TV, foosball table, guitar and amp, and an old computer sitting around that I would love to get rid of.  I didn’t really expect the foosball table or the guitar to sell as I’m not willing to give them up without getting some money out of them, but I would practically give the TV and computer away if anyone wanted them.  I was also really surprised that the baby items didn’t sell well.  Those usually go pretty quick at garage sales.  I’m thinking next time around I’ll just donate what I can and trash the rest.  It was entirely too much work for the $60 I made.

What I did end up with after the weekend, was a massive sinus headache and a queasy stomach.  I’m pretty sure that is the result of forgetting to take my allergy meds all weekend while digging around in a dusty basement and garage for two days.  I’m not sure about the stomach thing, but with all of the sick kids I’ve been around in the last couple of weeks I could have caught anything.  I’m feeling pretty miserable today but hopefully I can get some rest tonight and get myself back on track.  The good news is that Zach seems to be getting over his illness, except for a bit of a lingering cough.

In between garage sale customers and during some down time Sunday night, I also got some knitting done.  I finished up another baby blanket with plenty of yarn to spare, so now I’m trying to figure out what else I can make to go along with it.  I’ll definitely be making a hat to match the blanket but I might decide to try something new as well.  I’ve been really getting anxious to try something different with my knitting.  The blanket ended up a bit shorter than the last one I made and is more of a square instead of a rectangle shape.  I prefer the square shape and hope that the new mommy will love it too.

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  1. Hope you get to feeling better soon. Sorry that you didn’t have much luck with the garage sale. I have had 3 in my life and I am always amazed at the stuff that people will buy.

  2. Tanya Tanya

    They do suck. I’m going to let John handle everything for ours and do as little as possible.

  3. Yes i can also vouch for the sucking of garage sales. The last one I had, i sold NOTHING.
    SO 60$ is loking pretty darn good.
    Of course the day we had it was horrible and rainy- but you are only allowed to have a sale on one day a year in the complex I live in… so we were screwed.

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