Last weekend while buying fireworks we saw someone Ken works with and I told her "if you know anyone who needs clothing for little kids send them over to my house. I want to get all that stuff out of my basement."
The cashier behind the counter heard me say this and asked "Are you serious?" and I said "definitely." We agreed for her to come over to our place this past Friday, look everything over and buy what she wanted. Ken drug everything up from the basement (OMG! I had forgotten how much stuff was down there that used to be the kids'!) Thursday night and put it all in the garage.
The gal we met at the fireworks place came over with her brother who was a brand-new father of 2 weeks to a baby boy. Between those two I made $83 and got rid of LOTS of stuff!
By the time they left it was 10 p.m. and Ken and I looked at each other and thought, "you know, as long as all this stuff is in the garage we might as well have a rummage sale." Ken high-tailed it to Wal-Mart to get some posterboard so I could make signs to be posted in the area advertising the sale.
I didn't even bother to price tag everything. I basically told people if they were interested in something to let me know and I'd quote them a low price. We made over $250 between Friday and Saturday and I got rid of about half the kids clothes as well as both baby swings, both highchairs, a baby bathtub, a couple activity centers and one of the car seats.
After we got back from a benefit to raise money for a cousin whose daughter needs medical attention in New York alternating with Chicago every 6 months I opened the garage door again and sat there for 4 hours hours. Today was a dud, though - just $5.
The North Dakota State Fair kicks off in town next weekend so we actually left everything else in the garage to try again on Saturday when the town should be crawling with fairgoers. I'm also looking around the house to see if there's anything else that we can let go of just to take back some space in here. My ultimate goal is to clean the basement out enough to be able to turn it into a rec room for my kids. I would love to get all their toys downstairs so the main floor doesn't get so cluttered.
One of my aunts thought I was a bit looney for deciding at the last minute to throw a rummage sale but I tend to work better under pressure. If I try to plan things in advance I usually end up waiting 'til the last minute anyway which must prove I like the tension!
All in all, I didn't think it was a bad weekend. Pretty easy way to make some money when you get to sit outside and enjoy the weather, chit-chat with some people and knit a scarf during the lull times.