Saturday, February 03, 2007
A Kitchen Sink of a Garage Sale
Great fun when the weather’s warm and neighbors come cheerily out to gaze at all of your stuff and chat, garage sales in the winter prove a marketing challenge. When it’s winter and cold (forgive me, you frozen Mid-Westerners, but it was cold for Alabama today), the art of throwing a good garage sale takes some effort.
I placed ads in our local birdcage liner, bulletin and even Craig’s List. I made signs on the computer and slapped them on leftover mounting board, stapled them to stakes and went around sticking the signs into corners in the neighborhood hoping to bring customers.
Today was the big day. After arising at 5 a.m. to start the arduous process of carrying out of our wonderful possessions, I greeted our first customer at 6:30, and by 7 we were busy with a steady stream of customers. Shortly after 11, I was glad to see the last young mother and daughter walk away with armloads full of free goodies. It took nearly two hours to move the items back into the garage, clean up and restore the driveway to a functional status. We happily called it a day.
I’m calling the Salvation Army on Monday for a pickup of the leftovers. Watch out Montgomery—there’s some good stuff left.
The most interesting customer was an old guy from Letochatchee who blows up beaver dams with dynamite for a living. He gave me a card, and I told him I’d be sure to call him if I ever needed a beaver dam blown up. But before that, he asked, “You got any guns?”
Note: A stretch of U.S. Highway 127 in northeast Alabama happens to be part of “The World’s Longest Yard Sale,” which our Governor Bob Riley calls a “Top Ten Event in Alabama.” Put it on your calendars for August 2-5.