Friday Five

Friday Five: Garage Sale!

Welcome to your irregularly scheduled RevGalBlogPals Fifth Friday Five, hosted by will smama and Songbird!

will smama is preparing for a joint garage sale with her parents, and
Songbird's church had a Yard and Plant Sale last Saturday, we have five
enormously important questions we hope you will answer. We'll
check in with all who play, as soon as we finish pricing the only
slightly chipped malicious moments figurine of Peter on the upside down
cross…. 'cause that's worth putting in statuette form, isn't it?

1) Are
you a garage saler?

I'm really not, although I enjoyed a morning of sales with St. Casserole when I visited her. I've worked on more than I've attended.

2) If so, are you an immediate buyer or a risk
taker who comes back later when prices are lower?

Definitely an immediate buyer, I can't imagine going back later.

3) Seriously, if
you're not a garage saler, you are probably not going to want to play
this one.

Well, I'm doing the best I can, since I helped write it!

(That wasn't really #3.)


3) This is the real #3: What's the best treasure you've found at a yard or garage sale?

silver teaspoons at the Attic Treasures table at the Large Church Fair.
I don't know how much good stuff they have these days, but that used to
be a *real* treasure trove.

4)If you've done one yourself, at church or at home, was it worth the effort?

varies, doesn't it? We participated in a huge yard sale to raise money
when #1 Son went to the national championships of Destination
Imagination in 8th grade (all the way to Iowa!), and that was a big
success, but man, was it a lot of work! I've only done two home yard
sales. At the first, it rained all day, so we literally moved into the
garage. I didn't know it could be that cold in June. At the other, just
after my divorce,  I sold some things I wish I could have back,
particularly a bench we used to keep near the front door. I sold it
because I didn't have room for it in the place I was moving, but if I
had kept it for a year, it would have been great in our vestibule here.
So that was a bummer, in retrospect.

5) Can you bring yourself to haggle?

I really can't.

BONUS: For the true aficionado: Please discuss the impact of Ebay,
Craig's List, Freecycle, etc… on the church or home yard/garage sale.

think Freecycle sounds great. If I needed to dispose of a large item, I
would be much more likely to try Freecycle than to have a sale.

You don't have to be a RevGalBlogPal to play! Hope you're having fun today, yard sales or no. 🙂

9 thoughts on “Friday Five: Garage Sale!”

  1. Great play!
    I really think it was a Friday Five a year or so ago that introduced me to Freecycle, for which I’m grateful. Some of my things have found good homes (and avoided the landfill), and I’ve received several money-saving treasures.

  2. Good play, wish I had known about your church yard and plant sale last week — though the plants would be the most interesting part.

  3. I’m not playing this week as they don’t really happen here that much…Jumble Sales, yes…”Good as new” stalls…certainly…but yard/garage sales are still pretty rare. I used to buy most of the toddler toys and clothes at the National Childbirth Trust jumbles when we were living in London, though…The depressing thing was when things we donated proved unsaleable, when I was on the other side of the tracks. I mean, I’d only just stopped wearing that skirt…. 😉

  4. great play!
    the spoons sound wonderful! i can relate to the selling stuff after a divorce and wishing you had them back. i had a very nice but small Native American pottery collection (i had worked at an art gallery) and sold all but 2 items–i kept one and gave the other away. some days i miss those pots. however, i truly needed cash for the divorce and i’m soooo grateful for that.
    peace and blessings

  5. I wonder who first used the words garage sale as a verb? It’s common language now – Do you want to go garage saling? We went garage saling… Thanks for the fun topic.

  6. I once sold a record collection that no sooner left the yard than I was regretting their loss. I still am mad at myself when I think of that.

  7. Great idea for a Friday five. I noticed this morning there are two yard sales in our neighborhood. By now I’m sure the good stuff is picked through, but I’ll have to check them out.

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