Whew, we’d forgotten how much work is involved in having a garage sale. For the last two weeks we worked on pulling the sale together. Closets, dungeon, garage, kitchen nook crawlspace and every nook and cranny were cleaned out. Books, clothes, linens and dishes were all throw in a HUGE pile waiting to be hauled out.
First thing Tuesday morning tables were placed around the yard and a canopy tent for clothes with a “dressing” room. Note: photo quality bad…don’t care.
I read an article by BH&G about garage sales saying if you offer a dressing room people are more apt to buy. Not true!!!!
Next we started hauling the HUGE “pile” of stuff out.
Wednesday we started separating the piles into “similar” groupings. We separated, washed and dried everything. We also created a book/sitting area around the pond..
We thought if we offered a cozy seating area to gaze over the books they might buy. Not true!
In the garage we set up a “vintage” area that was quickly pulled together….if I had more time I would of “fancied” it up a bit.
During the evening “signs were made and a route was mapped out for placement. Thursday morning Mr. C headed out with the signs and then on to the bank, $60 in fives, $30 in ones and $10 in quarters. While he was gone I began marking every item with price tags.
We were set and ready to go! We were hopeful that with all our hard work we would have a successful garage sale! Oh the dreams we have in life!
Even though all of our ads (5) indicated Thursday as the sale date we had people show up on “TUESDAY” morning. Our sale was in our yard, behind the garden’s gates, on Thursday but it did not stop people from opening the gate and walking in our yard 2 hours before it opened!
OK…not the best way to start…things settled down and sales started.
A real highlight was meeting a follower, Karen Mitchell.
She is so sweet and such a lovely woman. We chatted, and even though the Charmer was a garage sale wreck, a tour of the Charmer was given. It’s so exciting to meet someone who follows you…I mean it was really cool!
The first day was finally coming to a close, Mr. C and I were sitting out front, when he headed to the store. As soon a Mr. C pulled away a woman pulled up and headed to the back yard. It was the first time I didn’t “walk” to the yard with her since I was just too tired.
She came out of the yard holding a french pillow cover. Our checkout station was in our driveway just off the sidewalk (about 10 feet from the garden gate). It was $2, and she said “you know it smells kinda mildewy” and would I take $1.00 for it?
I thought, and said, it doesn’t smell, it’s been in my bedroom for years. She went on to say that she didn’t want to lose money if she washed it and it fell apart. I said I didn’t think she’d have any problem washing it. I said, no need to worry, I’ll just keep it (she irritate me). As she picked it back up said “would you take $1.50”? Sure.
She kept saying how she didn’t want to lose “money”, I kept saying don’t buy it. She said if it didn’t work out she would come back to get her money back??? Ghee I didn’t know garage sales included a “money back” guarantee! I handed her 50¢ in change.
All of a sudden she became real friendly and started chatting with me as she walked to her car, I found myself walking with her, as the conversation continued. Her car was just right off my driveway….about 12-15 feet from the checkout station. We chatted for about 10 minutes when all of a sudden, with her arms and were head were leaning over the car roof, started shouting..I’ve got to go…I’ve got to go. It felt weird, but I stepped back, turned around, to walk back to the table.
As I approached the table I knew something was wrong!
What’s missing? My mind was “freaking” out, something was off. It took a few minutes before I realized my “cash box” and “brand new cell phone” was GONE!. I frantically looked on the ground, maybe I hit it and fell off, but it hadn’t. Just as this was happening one woman, and two man, started walking up our drive way for the garage sale just as it dawned on me I had been “ROBBED”.
I was panicking, trying to figure out, what happened? As the woman approached the gate I shouted I’ve just been robbed and that the garage sale was closed down. Well, she got really pissed off. I said, I don’t have any money, and she quickly snapped “she had change”. I said, ma’am, I’ve just been robbed, could you please leave? She walked away really pissed off! Gosh, the selfishness of some people.
The two guys instantly were comforting me, told me to call the police, and handed me their phone. They were always by my side and I knew that they were kind souls who felt sorry, and compassion, for me.
The police came, took a report, and thought what had happened was she was distracting me and her “partner” grabbed the strong box and my cell phone when my back was turned and ran in to our yard to exit out the gate. As I was giving details, my neighbor, Linda was listening to my description, and said, “I seen them on Tuesday, and could tell they were up to no good. She watched them as they walked up to another neighbors house and checked the garage since the door was opened.
Then she said then they came to my house and checked it out. The police report was filed and the police officer was so very nice and didn’t have a high expectation that they would be caught.
I was shaken up and I felt stupid and “naive” that I was taken. All in all they got $250 in cash and my new Samsung 5 $625 android phone. I didn’t want to finish the next two days but we did…and I couldn’t wait for it to be over.
Even though we took in $385 they stole $875. A net lose of $490.00!
Is this the way garage sales are suppose to go? Has anyone else been robbed at a garage sale…or were we just the unlucky ones?
Needless to say I will never have another garage sale…