4.13.2008

Garage Sale-A-Po-Looza

7+++ years of odds and ends collecting dust (among other things) and taking up too much space.

Late nights and early weekend mornings.

Hauling, arranging, cleaning, pricing, haggling over said pricing, selling all this junk...er, treasure.

Equals Garage-Sale-A-Po-Looza 2008. Here are a few highlights...

Annelise practiced her burgeoning marketing skills by making a sign (with a little help). In the background is my Dressy Bessy, rescued from the depths of the garage. I gave her a bath and now Annelise can play with her.


Watching Scott eat his Chick-Fil-A sandwich while exercising on our Power Rider was quite hysterical. It still didn't help sell it.

I was also excited to find a little wooden purse my mom had made me back when she was decoupaging anything not nailed down. This Aunt Jemima doll was also found to my delight. What completely cracks me up is the fact that when you flip her upside down, this is underneath...

A Swiss Alps girl. Isn't that the most absurd doll? But, it's still a keeper.

Other boxes revealed rather unfortunate periods in my decorating past. I could not even bring myself to take a picture because it was so frightening. Just imagine angels, country blue and mauve, stuffed bears, fake flowers, and even bunnies on a string. Thankfully, there were no ducks, but it was still quite embarrassing.

Putting all your junk on display with small colorful stickers proclaiming merrily, .25, .50, $2.00, $10.00, Make Offer, etc. is humiliating on some levels, yet also exhilarating when it actually sells. And when you see who buys it.

Saturday afternoon finished up much in the way it began, hauling, arranging some things back into the garage, trashing or donating the rest.

Garage-Sale-A-Po-Looza 2008 was over.

Thank goodness we don't have to do it again for 7+++ more years.*

*Of course, that is the very attitude that allowed all those treasures to accumulate in the first place.

30 comments:

  1. I hope you made a few bucks out of the experience (that part is fun, too)! Looks like you made some good memories and even found some treasures along the way.

    And I'm still overflowing with jealousy for your organizational skills. Your garage sale was better organized than my house!!!!

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  2. seriously- i would have bought the Power Rider with advertising like that. :) and i love the sign! :)
    i'm not brave enough to do the garage sale thing. one, i'm not good the whole setting up thing and two, i am too much of a "get this out of here" type of person to even argue about pricing. :)

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  3. Garage-Sale-A-Po-Looza 2008 seemed like a big success! How cute is Annelise holding that sign she made! "Bring your money" - how cute is that!!

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  4. oh Holly.....my dear hubby loves to talk about "wooden ducks and bunnies" a lot! Glad to know I am not the ONLY one with goodies in that category to sell....
    our church just had a yard sale and I just donated. I simply couldn't bear the thought of people coming up my drive at 5 am like they have in the past!!!
    Hope it was GGRRRRRRRREAT!

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  5. Country blue, mauve, and ducks were in my past too! I still have remnents of the mauve that I'm trying to phase out but no ducks left thank goodness.

    Hope Garage-Sale-A-Po-Looza was a success!

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  6. I loved coming to your garage sale....My favorite was the Wedding Plaque still in its box...gold trim and all! HA HA! We have all had such an item. :)

    Hope you made enough money to have a few Starbucks! :)

    Love ya!

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  7. Oh you are so brave! You deserve every penny!

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  8. I remember the country days. I think everyone had some mauve & blue things.. Your garage sale looks like it was a huge hit... Missed your SPT... Hope to see you soon on spt world...
    Love your blog. Hope you don't mind me visiting...

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  9. I'm still laughing at the picture of Scott eating his Chick-fil-a on your exer-cycle. What a classic! I also loved Annelise's sign for the garage sale. She's such a doll!:)

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  10. love, love , love the purse your mom made!!! And teh boys LOVE the train we bought...best $4 ever spent!
    :)

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  11. Wow! Looks like fun :) I so need to do that very same thing. I just get impatient and decide to donate instead of put the work into it all. Hats of to you. Oh! And love, love, love A.'s sign! So cleaver and sweet!

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  12. Oh my gosh! I had a doll like that! How funny. I remember liking to flip her upside down to get the other doll then back again. Was this a 70's thing?

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  13. That doll is amazing. Just like your description of past decorations [shudder] HA! *B

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  14. That's a ton of stuff! I hope you made some good money and made a serious dent on some of the stuff you had stored for so long. Garage sales are so interesting really, especially when the die-hard shoppers come in. They're a curious species to me because I'm not one of them.

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  15. I'm dying to know if you made any money!!!? that's a ton of work so I really hope you did.
    I keep thinking I'm gonna do this.. but I don't- I do donate a lot of junk now & then. I really should do this- if the weather ever gets better. It's supposed to this week, but I'll believe it when I see it- they've been wrong for so long- it was STILL snowing off & on last week!

    A's sign... total keeper!!! she's so cute.

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  16. My neighbor does garage sales all the time and I'm pretty sure that she is getting the last laugh. She makes BANK with all the great stuff she sells!

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  17. You are so brave. I can't do it. I just can't do it; call me lazy.

    And poor!

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  18. You're a brave girl...I've never been able to bring myself to put the work into a garage sale. Your Aunt Jemima doll is wonderful!

    I laughed at the country blue and mauve...ahh...how well I remember those days!

    Hope you made some money :)

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  19. I guess we did all right $$ wise, since most of it was so old and things we did not want/need anymore. Some of the furniture had belonged to my grandparents, and needed some TLC, so I was happy to see those pieces get new homes.

    Saturday evening I did not want to keep ANYTHING! A lot went to the trash, Goodwill or Half Price Books. The couch, big chair & ottoman didn't sell. I guess no one was in the market for plaid and huge flowers? We are going to try Craig's List or NASA Swap Shop and keep our fingers crossed!

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  20. I love the Chick Fil-A Exercising demonstration. Hilarious.

    You know, I had a reversible doll when I was a kid. It was a little red riding hood doll on one end, and when you flipped it upside down it was the grandma on one half, and the wolf on the back side of the grandma's head. I wish I still had it. Just looking at yours brought back so many memories.

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  21. I saw your sign and wondered if it was you having the sale!! I had one of those weird dolls too....things that make you go hmm....wonder where mine went!

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  22. Wow, good for you! I usually just give it to Goodwill or DI first and I don't even brave the garage sale! I love A's sign. Too cute.

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  23. OH I love the topsy turvy doll! I think I might try to make one for the girls! A. is SUPER CUTE, her sign reminds me of the little rascals movie "bring your monnnnnneeeeeeee" Cute!

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  24. I don't like having garage sales!! It is so much work...that being said, I love the feeling when you have gotten rid of everything when you do have a sale!

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  25. oh heavens! the idea of putting on a garage sale just makes me shudder. sooo much work. i'm standing up and applauding you as i type.

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  26. That doll cracks me up! I had the little red riding hood, when I was a little girl, too.

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  27. That looks like fun...you had a lot of stuff!

    I have embarrassing decorating secrets from years past buried in my basement, but instead of country colors and stuffed bears mine were fish. In pastel colors. On everything. I must have been on drugs.

    Thank goodness I have been saved by the Pottery Barn.

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  28. I LUV a good garage sale...congrats, it takes quite a bit of time and energy to pull one off!

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  29. I loved this post - and you are going to think this is weird - but the photo with your husband and the Chick sandwich!!! I will try to explain. One thing I love about looking at all your blogs is seeing thing that remind me of home. As I am living in Melbourne Australia, there are so many things that I see in your posts that make me homesick!!!! I used to absolutely LOVE those sandwiches!!! I am getting hungry just thinking about it and I love the fact that they put ONE pickle in the bun with the chicken. I cant wait until I go back to HOUSTON - I want my brother to pick me up at the airport with one of those in the car!!!!!

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