It was a lot of work but the Yard Sale was a success. Afterwards, as we walked through the house… our home… we kept finding things and saying, “Oh gosh! Maybe we should have put that out, too!”
We were able to find homes for items we no longer used (or wanted) and turn it into cash. It was, as I indicated, work. We met some wonderful people. Some had stories, such as the woman who had a craniotomy this past November. She picked up a sign I had on my wall (and determined I didn’t need anymore). It was dark brown, probably eight inches high by four feet in length and said in an off white lettering, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning to dance in the rain”. She picked it up and gently began to tell me her story about the surgery and how she knew she would be alright, that the Lord would take care of her, that God would provide… and that this sign was proof of that. I had a couple of hand thrown pottery mugs that had sayings on them, one was “God Will Provide” and the other was “Spirit of Adoption”. I wrapped them up and gave them to her as a gift. Somehow, they just seemed to have her name written all over them!
My dear friend, The Brady Lady came and helped us with the sale. She is quite the sales person and barked out what was available and by golly, persons went right to them and eventually they sold.
From 6:30 a.m. when we opened the door until approximately 2:00 p.m. we were busy and almost everything was sold. Yard Sales begin and end early in Arizona due to the heat.
I believe that the Lord honored our endeavor because we are seeking to simplify our lives, minimize our possessions and because we prayed about it! You may recall that the word of the year for me was S.I.M.P.L.I.F.Y.
I think it was also due in part to organization, cleanliness and display. I will and have driven by yard sales where items are just thrown out on the lawn. Also, we generally don't sell clothing at our yard sales. Our church has a wonderful program, a Clothing Exchange. Persons bring something and then take something.
This works out wonderfully for low income families and allows single moms to clothe their children adequately.
I am not the person who likes to dicker for a deal, but Husband does and he did. Actually, I’ve been known to say, “Fifty cents, really? Here, I’ll give you a dollar!”
We had a mom and her beautiful little two year old daughter show up, and I had a vintage felt beret in red. I placed it on the child’s head and said, “Every little girl needs to have some dress up clothes, this has your name on it!” She looked so cute with it on, too! I wouldn’t let her mom pay for it and gave her another hat, “just because”. Besides, it was Kentucky Derby day… and every little girl needs a Derby hat!
We even had a couple ask if they could look at our home for purchase, which we are considering! We have some options that we are considering and relocation is one of them. We hope to get closer to Tucson where the VA Clinic is due to Husband’s recently diagnosed disability due to some Viet Nam era exposure. Any and all cardio related issues will be covered completely. He has already had one heart attack and has two stents, so… we’re making some serious inquiries and considerations.
That’s about all for the Yard Sale update!
Proverbs 15:16 The Message
A simple life in the Fear-of-God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches.