Last weekend my sister and some friends had a yard sale. Together, we had so much stuff! The weekend was supposed to be nice so we anticipated having a successful sale.
There were several collections; a Santa collection, animal figurines, bells from different States and dish collections.
We had about 5 tables full of clothing. Plus 2 garment racks. Clothing that no longer fit. Some items no longer wanted. Clothing that never fit but was a bargain. Yep, I’ve bought a few of those too.
Here are a few things I’ve learned over the years about stuff:
- Valuable collections are usually only valuable and meaningful to the owner. You usually never sell for what you think it’s worth.
- While cleaning out my closet, I’ve realized I am not always a wise shopper. I need to really like something and be sure it fits properly before buying. Bargains aren’t a bargain if you never wear it.
- Since I love to read, I should use my Kindle to help eliminate having books everywhere. Isn’t that why I got the Kindle? Some Christian Living books I will always purchase because I like to write notes and highlight as I read. For fiction reading I could borrow from the library.
- It’s easier to give material possessions away than to hold a yard sale. Our church is having a rummage sale in a couple of months, so that’s where I’m taking stuff. Please, someone stop me from going to the sale.
- Most importantly, I’ve learned spending money and time with family and friends is priceless. Relationships are always more valuable than any material thing that sits on a shelf to be dusted.
It was fun spending time together, laughing and meeting new people. I estimated I made about $4.00 per hour on my portion of the sale. Was it worth it? Not financially. But relationally it was. Any time I spend together with my sister, no matter what we are doing, is fun and always a great time. Though, I’d rather spend our time together at the beach.