I’ve been trying to come up with the proper words to explain what happened at Saturday’s Yard Sale. While I’m still trying to wrap my head around it, I think it’s altogether fitting and proper to go ahead and say this…
it was a smashing success.
It went so well that we didn’t have enough stuff left in order to justify having the sale again Monday morning. Sorry if you were planning on stopping by on Monday, but most of the major stuff was already gone. Thanks for thinking of us, though!
We raised more money than I’ve ever seen a Yard Sale bring in.
I have to say that I wasn’t so sure things would turn out like that when we opened Saturday morning. In almost every other yard sale that we’ve ever had, people show up more than a half an hour early and start rummaging through the stuff while we’re still setting up. That didn’t happen this time. While it’s a major annoyance to have people go through the items you’re selling while you’re in the midst of the mad rush to set up, it is a good sign that people know you’re having a yard sale. So when no one showed up until 10 minutes before we opened, I have to admit that I got a little nervous. What if this whole day was a bust? All of this time and effort would’ve been wasted.
People started to trickle in. The traffic was steady, but it was nothing overwhelming. I left at 9:30 to take Mihret to soccer. Before driving away, I snapped this picture:
Like I said, people were coming, but it wasn’t horribly busy. Things changed while I was gone, though. Halfway through soccer, I started getting texts like this from Christy:
It seems that the floodgates had opened and the entire region had arrived at our driveway. This is what the scene looked like shortly after I got home:
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As you can see, a lot of stuff is gone – including most of the big-ticket items. The dishwasher, drum set, trunks, bike, armchair – all gone. Stuff was flying off the shelves! Like I said, it was a smashing success.
Now that I’ve told you what happened, I need to say this: If you supported this fundraiser in any way – donations, spreading the word, prayer, etc.) – thank you. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!
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