Garage Sale Defeat

by Lesley on June 7, 2008 · 3 comments

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I haven’t hosted a garage sale since junior high, when my best girlfriends and I decided to raise money for church by selling all of our parents’ old junk. Garage sales in Irvine are not so fun– mostly because people in Orange County don’t have an appreciation, or the patience, for sorting through other people’s junk. (I say that like I have an appreciation for garage sales. I don’t really.) I do appreciate that in Sacramento I can hang my big “SALE SALE SALE” sign on the corner of Jst or Folsom without having to deal with the Woodbridge Village Association attempting to tear it down within five minutes time. (For those of you not familiar with Irvine, the WVA is the homeowner association that regulates what color your house can be and decides on rules like not allowing garage sale signs because they make a community look dirty.)

All that to say, Jonathan and I tried our very hardest Saturday morning to put on a successful garage sale. We were attempting to sell handmade products from China, a business venture started by the pastor we traveled with in 2006. Since we got back, we’ve given a little bit of effort to selling the items for him with hopes of sending money back to the rural villages we visited but each time we’ve tried there has been little success in our efforts. The items are, shall I say, tough to sell. Quilted bible covers and pin cushions are the worst of the inventory with silk handbags and baby quilts being the best. Most of the items are pricy (they’re handmade) but we marked them 75% off today to appeal to the bargain hunters. Sadly, the price reduction resulted in only one big $18 sale from the time we opened at 7:30am. I kept myself entertained by talking to my parents on the phone, while Jonathan watched Lost. One man in a red camaro bought a butterfly frame in my big box of random junk headed for Good Will.

We’re a little defeated, but not that surprised. Now we’re trying to decided what the next course of action should be. Suggestions? (Interested? Want to buy? http://www.stitchandbloom.org/ )

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Aly
Aly

I looked at the stuff and don't think the items are priced too high at all. The site looks really nice and I would buy something, if I could think of a need. I will keep it in mind for sure.I sure wish I was in your area. I love garage sales. 75% off? Be still my heart. You could come do a garage sale in my hick neighborhood, it would really boost your confidence. You could also find craft fairs at retirement villages/homes. My grandparents talk about a once a month craft fair that goes on in their "winter home" in AZ. I think it is pretty common and there might be more demand for those types of things.

Aly sun
Aly sun

I looked at the stuff and don't think the items are priced too high at all. The site looks really nice and I would buy something, if I could think of a need. I will keep it in mind for sure.I sure wish I was in your area. I love garage sales. 75% off? Be still my heart. You could come do a garage sale in my hick neighborhood, it would really boost your confidence. You could also find craft fairs at retirement villages/homes. My grandparents talk about a once a month craft fair that goes on in their "winter home" in AZ. I think it is pretty common and there might be more demand for those types of things.

Kevin Thomas
Kevin Thomas

ebay that shoot. or craigslist with pictures.