I was pretty excited to hold my first garage sale this weekend as I have gobs of STUFF that needs to move out prior to our impending move in a couple of weeks (fingers crossed). About 3 hours into my 8 hour long garage I realized something... I actually HATE garage sales and here's why:
1. The Sorting.
Attempting to get ready for anything with 2 young children is bad enough... sorting all of my sh*t so that they are easily accessible to my customers at my garage sale and resorting over...and over...and over... as customers shuffle things searching for their next best deal was a job in Itself. Keeping things tidy all day, especially for complete strangers is quite the chore!
2. The Pricing.
Thanks to www.pinterest.com, and my sister, Allye, who told me to look there, I was able to come up with pretty reasonable prices. However, those prices were what I had in mind and, unfortunately, most (ok all) of my potential customers are not mind readers SO I had to somehow price my items. I bought a sheet of stickers with a variation from prices and thought I would just put them on my items and be done in 5 minutes or less, right? WRONG! I priced things, then had to use my computer to price other things, then had to price things again as my toddler thought my stickers should be on her shirt...and hours later I was done. Whew!
3. The Questions.
And I don't mean questions regarding my items and/or pricing. I mean the questions of MULTIPLE nosy neighbors who repeatedly asked me the following: "How much are you selling your house for?"; "How much DID you sell your house for?"; "How many beds/ bath does your house have?" Etc. I would awkwardly respond while wondering why people think it's okay to ask these types of questions and then my customers would remark "Oh! I was just curious" and then proceed to exit, without buying any of my stuff, of course. Haven't they heard of Zillow? Geez!
4. Party in the Garage.
Garage sale = you are IN the garage for a majority of the day. Not great when your garage sale is in July! Talk about HOT and garages really aren't that exciting. Like. AT ALL.
5. The Parting with your Sh*t.
Oh yea, so I wanted to make some cash and I absolutely did (seriously, if you put in the work you can make some major dough to help with your move or with buying whatever it is that motivated you to have the sale); however, saying good-bye to some of my stuff was a little harder than I expected. When most people move there are things that just won't fit and/or won't match and that will simply have to be disposed of in some way but that definitely doesn't make it any easier to hand some things over to a stranger.
Let's just say I am so happy I only did a ONE DAY sale and that it is totally over (well, with the exception of the remnants still taking over my garage). Let me know what SUCKED about your last garage sale.