Saturday, August 15, 2009
Tackleboxes and Stickers and Sawhorses (oh my!)
So next weekend we are hoisting the giant metal door, dragging out the blue plastic tackle box that doubles for a cash register, lining the driveway with borrowed folding tables, and launching the weekend-long Bailey Boutique...otherwise known as a garage sale. We usually accumulate enough excess knick-knackery to justify a second-hand sidewalk shop every couple of years. If you've ever embarked on such an enterprise, you'll agree that it's a good deal of work. I think that sometime in the years in-between sales, I forget this tiny detail. Let me remind you that one week from today, I will be sitting in my garage, bartering with a frugal neighbor over the price of set of mismatched beer glasses. OK -- now ask me if I am even a quarter ready for this sale? Am I even sure where these beer glasses currently reside? Nope. I'm maybe 1/8th ready and that's just because John has placed his old camping/fishing gear on some shelves. Here are some of my current garage sale concerns.
* We don't have enough tables and may need to use sawhorses and an old door again. I didn't tell you this would be a classy sale, did I?
* Do I have enough stickers? Why did I spend ten minutes in the office supply aisle in Target trying to choose the "perfect" sticker? Colored or white, square or round, pre-marked or blank? Do garage sale patrons make purcasing choices based on sticker quality? Hmmm...
* How much cash will I need? Note to self: remember several years ago when you marked items odd amounts ($9.95!! But wait, there's more!) and you had no coins in the change box... In my case, the less math the better.
* Am I a callous friend because I am asking anyone who wants to add items to sell at my boutique to stay and work for a time or offer up a cut of their sales? As previously metioned, garage sales are hard work and mama needs some backup!
* Should I play music and if so, what kind? Songs about shopping might put people in the buying mood... maybe "Lost in the Supermarket" by The Clash. To avoid sticky fingers in the tackle/cash box I should probably avoid playing, "Take the Money and Run" by Steve Miller.
Lastly, I should probably actually do some sorting and pricing instead of writing about it. Hitch up the sawhorses!