Married to the Empire

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Church Garage Sale

One of the small groups at our church came up with the idea of having a church-wide garage sale. People were very generous in giving their old stuff. A desperate email requesting help last Friday to get things prepared for Saturday went out. Now that I'm done with tutoring for another year, I had the time to go help.

Oh my. When I say the folks at our small church were generous, I wasn't kidding.

That is a photo of just ONE of the rooms that needed to be sorted and organized. I worked on that one with a couple of other women, and I'm proud to say that we made it walkable and organized in about 2 hours. Too bad I didn't think to take an after photo.

Our sale was pretty successful once we went through and started lowering prices. Overall we raised $1200, which is going into a building fund.

Steven and I even came away with a few goodies. I need a new magazine rack, and this wooden one was a mere $2.

I happened to notice this bottle of Nature's Miracle. Seeing as Calvin's mess-making used up all of our own Nature's Miracle last week, I was thrilled to snatch this up. It's only about 1/3 full, but for 25 cents, I'm happy to have it! (I usually pay $10 for a bottle at Petmart.)

Steven found a brand-new sprinkler timer. He was very excited to get that for $1.

The funny thing is, after the garage sale, we went to get Steven's hair cut. There's a Tuesday Morning in the same shopping strip as his barber, so that's where I went to amuse myself while he got his hair cut. He joined me when he was done. We both commented when we left that all those prices seemed so high after spending the morning with nice things being sold for almost nothing!

If I can get myself up early enough on weekends, I just might find this garage sale stuff addictive.


*carrie* said...

I'm a fan of garage sales myself. Our small town hosts city-wide garage sale weekends twice a year. I like the idea of a church sale, though, because it benefits a good cause, but it's also a one-stop shop. =)

Catherine at Frugal Homemaker Plus said...

I know the prices being so high thing! I shop for clothes and house things almost exclusively at yard sales and thrift stores. When I have to buy something new, about croak when I see what "real" prices are. Talk about sticker shock!

Allison said...

There is a flea market (with a couple GREAT produce stalls!) that I try to hit most weekends. I rarely buy anything, but I get a kick out of seeing the contents of the sellers' attics :) Guess I'm just nosy like that.