Today and tomorrow, some of the group is holding a yard sale - an event that has become an annual tradition. A lot of fun. Some hard work. A good way to get rid of a lot of STUFF that has accumulated throughout the year (or years.)
Of course, I am writing this on my lunch break... so I am here at work. But, Tracy, Lydia, Chris and Brother Bill are holding down the fort at my house where tables and tables of cheaply priced items are awaiting introductions to their new owners. Tomorrow is my assigned day, but I wish I were home joining in the fun today. Oh well. That is just the first of a few pet peeves that seem to return every year along with the yard sale event. Let's review a few others:
1) No matter how well I plan ahead, it always takes me much longer to sort and price things than I plan.
2) No matter how well I search, I still think of things the night before and morning of the yard sale that I should put out.
2a) I can think of at least 5 things right now that are in my house that should be out on the lawn.
3) No matter how big or bold or "fancy-fonted" you may print "NO EARLY SALES" in the newspaper ad, people always show up early.
4) There are some years - like this year - when people show up ESPECIALLY early. 6:50 a.m. anyone?
5) No matter how many times you explain to the people who are roaming around your backyard that you are not ready, the other yard sale staff members are not here yet, and there won't be any sales until 8 am, they continue to ask you if they can buy something early.
6) No matter how many times one yard sale staff member tells a particular gentleman that he can't buy his stuff before we're all ready to go, he goes to another staff member to ask.
7) I had to come to work. (It seemed worth mentioning again.)
8) I became so busy handling the prior pet peeves that I failed to take pictures of some of our "featured items" for the sale. (Thankfully, they are so ugly that they are likely to still be available when I return home this evening! Maybe you'll see some photos here on Monday.)
We priced our items very cheaply. CHEEEEEAAAAPPPP! And, after one phone call to the sale staff, it was reported that our junk is moving like hot cakes. GREAT! We're hoping for huge success in getting rid of our clutter, and from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow, we're selling everything for half price. After that, who knows? The more we sell, the less we have to haul to Goodwill or back into our homes.