We are big garage sale fans. We have a garage sale at least once a year. This is largely due to the fact that Steve loves to gather other people’s discarded items and sell them. He saves his finds until we have enough to make for a solid garage sale, and then we go for it! Steve and I also love to organize and re-organize, so we always have plenty of our own stuff to add to his rescued treasures.
The girls love garage sale days. They always have a cookie/brownie/muffin/punch stand. The day before the sale, we bake and bake. We go to the store to get cups for the punch, after getting the easel out of the garage and making a sign for it. Emily readies the fanny pack to hold all their earnings, they coordinate what they are going to wear, and they are ready. On the morning of the big sale, Steve wakes up super early and goes to get donuts. Who can sleep with such anticipation? Everything goes out on the driveway and we start selling, all the while munching on donuts.
Soon the girls are all set up with their stand. While the garage sale starts out with a bang, business is always a little slow for the girls at the beginning. One of my favorite garage sale moments was when one of the girls was getting pretty grumpy about the fact that no one was buying any punch or cookies at 8am.. I mentioned that people would probably be more likely to do business with them if they were friendly and smiling. One of the girls said, “I wouldn’t be so grumpy if they would buy something!” But just when they start to get frustrated by their lack of customers, it usually picks up. Soon, they’re asking me to make more cookies, and fast! Every couple minutes they run in the house, asking when the cookies will be done. They don’t want to lose a single customer! By early afternoon, the excitement has pretty much worn off and we’re over it. We close up shop, and go inside to count the money.
The girls love to count their money. They conscientiously count and re-count. Usually they have already made a plan for their earnings. Almost always, they decide to use it for something together, rather than dividing it three ways. After we decided to adopt, we had an adoption garage sale and they wanted their cookie/punch stand earnings to go toward the adoption as well. God granted them more success than ever before and they had a blast, as always! Here are some pictures.
Hurray for garage sales!