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    Havin' a Sale

    Well, I’ve been away from the keyboard for a few days, but my mind’s still on overdrive.  I hope you enjoy the new articles on all four of my journal pages!

    So, here is the promised first post on having your very own ‘sale from home’ (click on the linked phrase to read the original article).  I guess it doesn’t have to be from your own personal house—any yard, driveway, parking lot, garage, or patio will do.  Even inside sales are fun!  For those working on cleaning out and getting their lives organized, a sale at the end of your hard work really pays off.  Pun intended.  My articles on organizing your space have some great tips.

    Once you’ve decided to reduce your life’s clutter, there are several options for dealing with that pile (or box, or bag, or tub) destined for removal.  Give those items away, sell them, or trash them.  In the spirit of recycle and reuse, you should opt for the first two, leaving the last choice for the bitter end.  If you choose to ‘give away’, do find a person, family, or other source that can really use what you have.  Community organizations that might be interested are Goodwill Industries, Council for the Blind thrift shop (or other social service resale shops), local hospital auxiliaries, homeless shelters, etc.  Only pass along your gently used items.  Nothing very dirty, greatly broken, or missing parts.  Goodwill and other agencies do use their thrift stores to provide job opportunities for those in need - refurbishing donated items for resale is one of their services.

    Passing along your “no longer needs” while picking up a little extra vacation money is a fun way to spend a couple of days.  There is a saying: “You have to spend money to make money”, but it doesn’t have to be so in this case.  (After a little research, I could find no source for that quippy little business adage)  Spend time and energy?  Yes.  But not lots of money.

    Here is a short ‘To Do’ list that will help you prepare:

    • research your community’s regulations on yard sales
      • contact the city administration offices, Mayor’s office, or local town council
    • set date(s) for the sale
      • talk with others in the area to find out which days are best for sales (Thursday and Friday works well in our area)
    • prepare your items for selling and display
      • tidy, price, fold, hang
    • gather or construct display areas
      • tables of all sizes (borrow what you don’t have), sturdy tubs and boxes with lids, clean tarps or plastic tablecloths laid out on the ground, old doors atop saw horses, etc
      • build hanging racks for clothes (most folks look through hanging clothes better than those on tables or piles on the ground) - ladders, old clothes racks, pipes or poles between ladders, etc
    • configure your cash box or money tray
      • any container with a lid, an old cash drawer
      • start with some change - coins and bills (ones and fives)
    • consider advertising (here is where you may spend some money)
      • signs along roadways and in intersections (check city regulations)
      • newspaper, radio, email loops

    Do not let this list overwhelm you - begin early, stay focused, keep organized.  It can be quite an adventure!  The next article will help you with other preparation and how to enjoy your sale days.