We were done with dealing with Ebay and Craigs List – time for a good Ole’ Fashioned garage sale…but wait, we’ve never held one or attended one. Oh well, we will figure it out.
Since our house was still on the market, this garage sale was all about selling all the stuff that we could get rid of without affecting the “staging and look” of our house.
Step one – bring everything we want to sell and put it in the garage in some sort of order. Oh wait, we need to price it? How do we price hundreds of items? Ronnie shouted out makes and models of each item and Lisa searched online for the “current value”…once a value was obtained, it was discounted accordingly. A blue piece of tape with a price on it was stuck to each item.
Since we wanted to let our friends have a crack at the items before we opened up the garage sale to the general public, we came up with a brilliant plan – a Friday evening 7-hour happy hour and shop-a-thon. Our slogan? “come over, get drunk, buy our stuff…if you don’t like it now, drink more, you’ll love it later”.
“Come over, get drunk, buy our stuff…if you don’t like it now, drink more, you’ll love it later”.
The happy hour/garage sale/Cyrier Extravaganza was a complete success. Not only did our friends and neighbors stop by to buy our stuff, but it was a great opportunity to visit with all of them as well. (just a side note – there were a few special customers/friends/neighbors who were on the “preferred customer list” who were able to load up on the crap….we mean buy the items…they wanted the most before the doors opened. And as promised ya’ll will be featured in another tale).
We put the ale in garage sale
The night of the Extravaganza was a complete success….people were lining up to throw down some fat cash to take home some Cyrier stash. Who could pass up one dirty hoe, or a set of blue balls? Or what about 3 broken rakes “as seen on House Hunters International?” – yep, all those items sold so fast it made our heads spin. (or maybe it was the alcohol)
Once the word got out on the street that we were having a garage sale, everyone in the neighborhood wanted in on the action. Our start time was 9:00, but we were told by the experts that was too late…we needed to start at 7:00….what? 7:00 – in the morning? On a Saturday? Ok -we reluctantly opened our garage door at 7:00 as the sharks were already circling.
We didn’t even have our bloody Mary’s poured when we were awoken by footsteps on our lawn looking for deals.
Here we go…the garage sale is on – strangers were walking around our garage, looking at our stuff and trying to make deals.
Some interesting observations – People will buy anything if it’s 2 for a dollar but if it’s 50 cents? They won’t buy it. We got marriage advice – a couple came in to browse and ended up giving us almost an hour of marital advice. Oh, and don’t give out bags to people before they shop….we caught somebody “stealing” our stuff…..come on…it’s a dollar….really?
We had somebody show up to shop with their own bottle of Crown Royal – that’s awesome. We don’t want anyone getting thirsty and cut their shopping day short.
There were people browsing and not really interested in buying items until we told them a story about it – once we hooked them in with the story, they were sold and ended up buying it. Somebody was really looking at this old canteen we had for sale for $5.00….they didn’t know if they wanted it, then we told them a great story about it and boom – sold! That canteen just bought us 4 pupusas!
How to spot a pro – we had a lot of lookie-loos but the pros? Easy to spot – (but be careful, they will play you) – Here’s how you spot them: They have a fanny pack on and exact change- always exact change…like down to the nickel. We had a pro browsing and looking for a deal – they spotted a squeegee on the window sill (we didn’t even know it was there) and they offered us 25 cents…”.you selling that squeegee?” Sure – we’ll sell it (we didnt’ even know it was there!)
Another garage sale personality – the silent shark. This person comes in early…checks out the items…..leaves for a while…comes back and starts haggling and going through every item with a fine tooth comb. While the silent shark was haggling he also wanted to plug things in to make sure they worked…he sat in the corner of the garage testing things….then came out with 30 dollars worth of stuff….”will you take 10?”…..Ronnie’s over there working with him and Lisa hears him saying “you’re breaking my balls man, you’re breaking my balls”.
People that came specifically for the garage sale wanted to spend money…they didn’t want “free stuff”. Other people that came by were all over the free stuff….we had a broken wheel barrow full of crap…..don’t even remember what was in there but we said, “hey that’s free – but you have to take everything that is inside the broken wheelbarrow too”….sold. What a happy customer rolling the broken wheelbarrow full of stuff up our driveway.
We planned on having another garage sale on Sunday, but at the end of the day all we were left with was about $20.00 worth of stuff..luckily a neighbor came by to pick up a piano with the guys he had working in his yard. They noticed all of the remaining items and we asked them (all in Spanish) – “Do you want all of this? It’s all free? You can have it ALL, but you have to take all of it right now”. Boom – gone.
We joke, but are so thankful for those that came out to help fund the dream…stuff was sold, money was put toward the dream – but most importantly, memories were made – and that’s what life is all about.
Here is the flyer we sent out advertising our sale: