Thursday, July 18, 2013

Last Garage Sale EVER!!!!

 Ok, so I have facilitated 2 garage sales to raise funds for my mission trips to Africa. The first one was in 2010 and we collectively raised over $2,000! In 2012 we did it again and raised around $1,800. I promised that I would NEVER do another collective garage sale for a couple of reasons:
#1. It takes forever to organize, store, and display the merchandise.
#2. You spend an entire day in a hot Florida garage and driveway with garage salers. (People who offer you a dollar for a $10 priced item. I'm not a skilled negotiator, it makes me uncomfortable.)
#3. There is always left over crap that has to be taken away.
Basically, it's a TON of hard, time consuming work. Man, I sound negative...

Well, apparently, I have forgot exactly how much work it is because I am doing another garage sale on August 17th in Bradenton, FL. 100% of the proceeds will go toward our daughter's adoption! Honestly, she is worth it. She is worth all of the things I have complained about and we will HAPPILY have a garage sale to bring her home. We could raise $200 or $3,000- It all depends on the items that we sell and the generosity of friends and family who donate items. We will make a large sign that advertises our adoption mission and pray like crazy that buyers show up!
We humbly ask for your help. We need hundreds of sellable items by August 17th.

Here were the BIG hits at the last 2 Garage Sales:
Purses- anything in good condition, name brand is always a seller
Decent shoes- Womens, Mens and Kids all sold nicely
Baby Items- Swings, bassinets, cribs and linens, pack n' play, car seats, select baby outfits and shoes all sold!
TOYS- bikes, baby toys, action figures, games without missing pieces, trains, Disney anything, and learning games like Leapfrog (No stuffed animals please- they simply didn't sell)
Kitchen items- small appliances were the best!
Decorative items- Like new Holiday decor,  candle sets, picture frames, wall prints, and shelves
Furniture- These BIG ticket items were perfect!!! Couches, tables, desk, chairs, ottomans, patio furniture will all sell!!
DVD's- good working condition
Men items- belts, tools, ladders, car stuff, etc.
Women's items- jewelry, perfume, lotion, belts
Anything NEW or with a TAG on it is easy to sell!

A few request:
1. Sorry but we cannot handle garbage bags of clothes. If you have an old prom dress, bridesmaid dress, a suit or dress clothes, anything with a tag on it, or name-brand like new items are HUGE sellers! We would like to hang up all of the clothing items so please keep hangers on if possible.

2. Old electronics unfortunately do not sell. Large box TV's or outdated computers all ended up at Goodwill.

3. We are so appreciative for your generous donations!!!! You can drop items off at our house throughout the next few weeks. Simply email, text or facebook message me. I'll happily send you our address or meet up with you. 

Matthew 19:21
Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

We are so thankful for all of the friends and family who have already come along side of us to help us bring our daughter home! 

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