I shudder to even say the words. Don’t get me wrong, I love garage sale hopping with the best of them and I usually come home with a treasure or two (or ten). But the thought of having a garage sale is so intimidating it sends me over the edge. I love the idea of garage sales, they are the definition of shopping frugally! Do you agree? Every time I begin to entertain the notion that this may be the year for me, I get stuck after the beginning steps of cleaning out & gathering items.
The only childhood memory I have of my mother being involved in the selling aspect of a garage sale is when I was around 7 years old. She told my sister and I to look around our rooms for toys we didn’t need anymore. Our incentive was that if our items sold at the sale, we would receive the profits. I don’t remember exactly how many items I put out for sale, or how many actually sold with the exception of one baby doll. I was confident I had outgrown her but when she sold, I was fairly certain I would rather have her back than the $2.
I would like to say I no longer have such strong attachments to material possessions as I try to keep our home as clutter free as possible (with children around sometimes that’s easier said than done!). Each time I fill a bag that could be sold in a garage sale type setting, I get discouraged and happily donate it to a local charity.
For garage sale planning tips, check out my May 2011 Molly Green Digest Called: Molly Saves! In the Garage & Shed. I suppose it’s probably time I get to it and practice what I preach!
What tips do you have to help conquer the fear of planning a garage sale? Are you a garage sale shopper? What types of treasures do you look for while shopping?