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Monday, October 23, 2006

Buy my stuff, or I'll give it to you

Life is still a blur. Slow down. Slow down. I’m certainly trying.

Saturday, we decided – ok, my daughter insisted – we have an impromptu garage sale. I think we broke some laws because we didn’t get a permit. But we pulled stuff out of the garage, set up a table to play board games on for the down time, and waited. People stopped by, bought stuff. At noon, we called it quits. Pulled some stuff to the curb, knowing darn well someone would take it. They did. This was by the way, much of what we did all morning.

“How much is this?”
“It’s free, just take it.”
“Free? How about I give you $5 for it?”
“OK, that works too.”

We did manage to give away a large traffic light that had ended up in our possession I don’t know how, and a lawn mower, a desk etc.

The remaining stuff is going to Goodwill, except for the toys. I’m taking those to a homeless shelter.

And then, we’ll actually have a two-car garage that we can park two cars in.

4 comments:

Gina said...

Once upon a time, I wound up with a bowling pin. I'm still not sure how that happened. I put it out on my back step in Denver, and it was gone within an hour. You never know what will catch people's fancies!

Sherrie said...

Next spring, there are many, many toys in my house that are going on the block. I can't wait. I have dreams of regaining a ton of space.

Probably pipe dreams, as Christmas will no doubt deliver a pile of new plastic into my house.

But a great idea about the shelter. I'm going to have to do that with whatever is left, toy-wise. Clothing leftovers go to Goodwill.

Anonymous said...

Just a suggestion, last Christmas I helped organize a family at the shelter here in Columbia,MO to have a Christmas. The family had three kids and the mom. They had a wish list and had clothes on there, mainly for winter and sleep wear. The kids of course had their "wish" list of toys. They came to the shelter three weeks before Christmas and we gathered up enough money throughout the Student Health Center where I work and a coworker and I went shopping. It was actually a lot of fun. We even took our kids and explained to them why we were shopping and for who, and they had a lot of fun picking out clothes and toys for the kids. Everyone should do this, even if you can't do it all yourself, have your coworkers get together and pitch in a couple of bucks or more and help families have a good christmas. I have always wanted to help out but never thought I could until last Christmas. It felt good to know that on Christmas morning those kids woke up and still believed in Santa Clause even though they didn't have their own home. All you have to do is contact the Shelter in your area and ask about adopting a family for the holidays.

CISSY said...

That's a great suggestion. I'll have to gather up some friends and do that this year. Thanks, kiddo.