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What’s a Parent to Do?

“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.

  1.  You are getting old.
  2.  We don’t want to have to deal with it when you can’t.
  3.  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.

IMG_1008While 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.

IMG_0991Clothes 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.

IMG_0993The same is true for another of his clever creations which works perfectly for arranging accessories.

IMG_0990Household and kitchen goods are arranged just so making it easy for shoppers to see without having to move things around.

IMG_0992Books are always a challenge, and no matter how orderly I arrange them it doesn’t take long for them to be all askew.

IMG_0999At 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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Stuff, stuff and more stuff!

Yard sale, garage sale, estate sale….call it what you will, they are great fun whether you are looking or selling.

garage saleOne clever photographer has even found sales interesting enough to fill a whole book.

garage saleNow, who would have thought that photos like this

garage saleor this would be subject matter, but done well all things can be interesting.

Until I saw this book, I never thought about taking pictures of my garage sale, and there have been many!  Hmmm, today that’s going to change.

garage saleOK, here’s all the stuff  for today’s sale….amazing how much there is.

garage saleI guess if I’m going to take pictures a  little separating and organizing would be good.  Let’s see, clothes here,

garage salebooks here,

garage sale

household items here.

garage saleOh heck, this is getting to be too much of a challenge.  The rest can fall where it may.

What do you think….possibilities here for my very own book?  Or maybe I shouldn’t worry about the book and just hope someone comes along to buy all this stuff!  See anything you like?

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