We had a big moving sale this past weekend to get rid of all the “house” type stuff in preparation for our move into a smaller apartment. We ran it much like we ran our “big purge” garage sale a year ago. We had about the same amount of stuff in this moving sale as we did in last year’s garage sale. It was about half of a two car garage full of stuff.
When we pulled it all out it fully lined both sides of our driveway and spilled over onto the sidewalk. It was a lot of stuff. Here’s the kicker – almost all of this stuff was used while we lived in the house. It wasn’t useless junk like our garage sale full of purged items had been. It was stuff that is needed (or at least nice to have) when owning a house.
We had furniture from the play room and the office including a leather chair and ottoman, a desk, a desk chair, and a filing cabinet. We had sheets and blankets for guests and for covering plants during winter freezes. We had shovels, rakes, fertilizers, spreaders, garden shears, car wash supplies and shelves to hold it all. We had tools like levels, squares, a drill, a saw, and a bunch of other little things.
We had all matter of holiday decorations that were stored in the attic including Christmas lights, a 9 foot tall Christmas tree for our large front room and ornaments to fill it, Easter baskets, plastic Easter eggs, and Halloween decorations.
We also purged some things as we were boxing up our belongings for the move, and that stuff went out with the garage sale also. We also had recently outgrown clothing and were able to get Faith to part with a few toys. I got rid of all my old music CDs. Now I mostly listen to satellite radio, so I didn’t need all the old CDs.
Everything was priced to move. Anything not sold we either had to get donate or throw away, so we priced it low enough that it would sell. We sold all the clothing, toys, CDs, and books for one dollar each. The professional garage salers showed up at the beginning of the sale on Friday and were going nuts buying things at such low prices. Most of them knew each other and it was interesting listening to some of the chit chat as they browsed our sale.
Dream doesn’t normally like to deal with the selling process, but on Friday morning I’m glad she came out to help for a little while. I could barely keep up with all the sales, and having her there really helped. We ended the day with about $500, and a mostly empty driveway.
I felt a little bad at the end of the Friday sale that there wouldn’t be much left for Saturday. The driveway was pretty well cleaned out, and all that remained were some holiday items, a bunch of clothing, and some music CDs. After the Friday sale we walked around the house to find anything that we may have missed and found a few things. Hiding in the back of the house was a charcoal grill and an old patio table. I did a final pass through the garage and pulled out a bunch of computer cables, and we managed to find a few more things inside.
Most everything we pulled out ended up selling on Saturday. I didn’t count the money from the Saturday sale, but I’m guessing we did maybe another $100 to $200. We had a couple pieces of furniture out on Saturday, like the desk and leather chair, that brought the total up. Saturday was mostly just about getting rid of stuff so I marked all the $1 items down to 50 cents around 10:00. We ended Saturday with two bags of clothes and about 20 CDs, which we took to Goodwill right after the sale. We also had a few items, like Christmas lights and some small garden tools that I set out by the street, knowing that someone would take them.
With last year’s garage sale and this past weekend’s moving sale, we got rid of a garage full of stuff that doesn’t have to be moved now, and that will allow us to fit quite nicely in a much smaller place.