I was busy all last week preparing for a garage sale.
I live off of a main county road that gets a fair amount of traffic and I've always done well with getting people to stop in.
I did advertise in my local paper and on Craigslist.
One way or another I was able to sell most of my goods and I'm grateful for that!
Step one, we decided to build some tables to set things on. In the past I've used some saw horses with a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood or whatever I could find. My logic was that we could reuse these again. Boy the price of lumber is crazy. We ended up buying floor decking material because standard plywood was ridiculous!
We cut the 4 x 8 sheets into 2 x 8's and we bought 7 ft. 2 x 4's and cut them to 3 ft. lengths. We had a bunch of 12 inch pieces left over which we used to connect each table at the seems and it straightened them up.
Everything was screwed together so it could be taken apart easily. (Dig the sexy sox on my hubby)
Our garage is split with two doors and we used the left side for staging.
Dan insisted on covering up our stuff that wasn't for sale by adding this visqueen which we happened to have on hand from some other projects. (Staple staple staple...) Many years ago some nosy (older guys) went right around my tables at a garage sale and were nosing around in our tools. I had to boot them out! That's why we do the privacy plastic thing.
I bought a bunch of (cheap) vinyl tablecloths with the flannel backing to cover the wood because it's picky and this looks better. I started bring my stuff to the tables.
I marked everything with little strips of masking tape and a marker which is a super inexpensive way to do it. Those little round ones they well with prices on them already are nice but I had too much stuff and wasn't going to pay for them (cause I'm cheap!)
We have left over pieces of carpet from different times that we've had carpet laid. We cut small strips and I staged pictures on them.
I forgot I had this faux olive tree stored away so I sold it too!
In the center of the room I created a space for some man stuff. I was thrilled that hubby brought out a lot of stuff he was harboring.
He works on industrial electronics for machines at machine tool shops around a five county region. That is our business.
This is a crazy shot. I used the panoramic mode on my iPhone. You sweep from left to right as your taking it. It made a crazy curve of the garage door but you get the drift. Some of the things on the floor were taken outside the day of the sale. It was in the upper 90's all last week while we prepared so we had fans going all the time.
I popped into a party goods store the day before and spotted this garage sale balloon and I combined it with the polka dot ones for an eye catcher. It had a weight at the bottom and we stuck it into the mail box and closed the door and it worked great!
By 4:00 it was pretty barren. We brought in our signs and I condensed what was left into a couple of spots.
Sunday we tore down the tables we made and the plastic was taken down.
It's not a pretty garage, but it does the job.
Now to put this away in the storage barn.
We took anything left over to the Women's Resource Center and Goodwill. The electronic/electrical stuff went to a recycling place for that kind of stuff and the rest we took to a recycling center where are garbage pickup company is located.
So that's what I've been up to for the last week and weekend. Next week we move bedroom furniture down to our daughter's place. She's moving into a new rental with more space so she's finally going to have her bedroom furniture from home.
What have you been doing??