Monday, October 20, 2008

Garage sales are like writing...

Against my better judgment, I agreed to do a garage sale with my neighbor this weekend. I'm still recovering. And I really didn't make that much money. But I made some interesting observations that remind me of writing...

  • The things we thought would sell instantly are now boxed up in my garage. The stuff we were kind of embarrassed to put out there...sold first. You just never know what will strike someone else's fancy. (Yesterday I actually saw a woman at Target wearing one of the shirts we almost threw in the trash.)
  • Sometimes, something that appears to be rubbish just needs a little elbow grease.
  • You meet some really nice and really crabby people at garage sales.
  • Great stuff can get buried in boxes filled with junk.
  • Just because it has sentimental value to me doesn't mean someone will be willing to pay more for it. (i.e. They don't really care that it was my daughter's costume in her kindergarten play.)
  • Garage sales are a great way to get the neighbors to stop by and say hi.
  • Working really hard doesn't guarantee success. You also need a good location, nice weather, the right shoppers and a little luck.