Tuesday, June 24, 2008

      ( 12:14 AM ) teahouse
Yard Sale Diva

This weekend, the Husband and I participated in an event we'd been planning, scheming about, organizing and gearing up for over the last year and a half.

Not our wedding, which happened in April.

But our annual YARD SALE.

We got together with the Sister and a bunch of other friends, including one with a house on a major street corner.

We put up signs, put ads online and in print, and at 7 a.m. on Saturday we set up shop.

The response was overwhelming. Our yard sale was hopping for over 5 hours!

At the end of the day, we walked away with a few boxes of leftover stuff to donate to charity, slight sunburns and several hundred dollars cash in our pockets.

The biggest lesson I learned?

Take the following quiz to find the answer:

Q: When you have a yard sale, the single most important and valuable thing you can have there is:

a. Lots of $1 bills for change;
b. A great location that's visible from a major street and with plenty of parking in front;
c. A Spanish-speaking friend;
d. All of the above, with c being the most important.

The answer, ladies and gentlemen, is d! Yes, if it hadn't been for our friend M who speaks Spanish, half of our deals wouldn't have closed. He was a godsend.

Among all of us who ran the yard sale, we also found that our collective skills in French, Chinese and Tagalog came in useful throughout the day as well.

And that, my friends, is some wisdom from me to you on running an urban yard sale in the new millennium.



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