“Mom, Dad, you guys need to start getting rid of some of your stuff.”
These are the words we are hearing often from our daughters. While they may be right, here’s what we hear in those words.
- You are getting old.
- We don’t want to have to deal with it when you can’t.
- We don’t want any of it.
Now, there’s probably some truth in all of that, but none of it feels very good. And, it makes me a little sad that none of what we have seems important to our kids. There was a time when things were passed down, but these days it appears that is not the case as adult children enjoy more collecting their own things.
So, what’s a parent to do? Well, the easiest thing would be to donate the unnecessaries. Eventually, I will do that, but for now I still enjoy having a garage sale. Of course, you sell for pennies on the dollar, but people who buy think they are getting a good deal and I like the interacting and the deal making which is a big part of a garage sale.
While some clever person actually published a wonderful book of garage sale photos, I’m probably not that ambitious, so I focus on the presentation as if I were doing a shop.
Clothes are carefully organized by style, size and gender. A simple rack the hubby made for me back in the days when I did shows displaying my woven pieces has been invaluable for garage sales.
The same is true for another of his clever creations which works perfectly for arranging accessories.
Household and kitchen goods are arranged just so making it easy for shoppers to see without having to move things around.
Books are always a challenge, and no matter how orderly I arrange them it doesn’t take long for them to be all askew.
At the end of the day most of the stuff is gone, and I feel good about having gotten rid of some of what the girls don’t want to have to deal with. My only disappointment is that this top didn’t sell. Maybe all the stories that go with it mean that it should stay with me for at least one more Christmas dinner!
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