That Time My Daughter Talked Me Into Having a Garage Sale (Even though I knew better!!!)

That Time My Daughter Talked Me Into Having a Garage Sale (even though I totally knew better) at

It’s October December, and I’ve been meaning to write about the garage sale my 9yo daughter suckered me into having in August.

I’m sure I could turn it into a big long story, but in the interest of already not-so-perfect-anymore timing, I’ll just share.

She wanted to have a garage sale.

She thinks they’re fun.

I tried to change the subject.

Over and over and over again.

She kept asking.

It’s possible (or it’s for sure) that Mama hadn’t done a great job actually donating her Donate Boxes in a while, so there was enough to have a good sale.

Because her desire to have a garage sale made her want to declutter her own room, I gave in. I told her it was her garage sale, and she had to do the work. She could have all the money, but I wasn’t doing it for her.

Garage Sale Daughter at

Are you done laughing yet?


She really did do a good job, though of course, I did way more than nothing. It was a great learning experience in the end. We missed the newspaper deadline, and (as I TEACH in the series I’ve written about having a garage sale), we shouldn’t have. That’s the most important advertising venue in our small town. She wanted to have it that weekend anyway, and it was awful. We ended up doing it again the next week. Overall, she was pleased with the money she made, though I would have been severely depressed if it was me doing all that work for money alone (as opposed to life lessons for my daughter).

Garage Sale Boys at

But the biggest positive of having the sale (and what tends to be a big positive for having a garage sale) was that it forced us into finally getting rid of the bunk beds my boys had long ago outgrown.
That’s them. Holding clothes we found that had fallen behind the drawers. They had that bed a while. 

It’s funny, it’s cute. But it makes my Mama Heart want to throw a pity party.

The boys made a little money, their room is much emptier (and therefore slightly easier to keep non-disastrous), and someone hauled those beds off to be used again (after they repair the broken slats on the bottom bunk).

But don’t worry. My boys might not be toddlers anymore, but they’re not completely grown up:

Not completely grown up yet! At



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Why I’m Having a Garage Sale

I’m writing this, wondering if I’ll actually be able to make it happen this week.

I’ve shared that I’m planning to have a garage sale, and thought I’d share the reasons I’m choosing to put myself and my family through the torture.

Honestly, I’ve come to a point where I prefer the Consistent Donating Method over the Collect and Sell in One Big Swoop Method.

But . . . a garage sale makes sense right now.  A few months ago, after riding around with the back of my Suburban full of donations for more-than-a-week-or-two, I stopped by our local thrift store to donate.

They were full.

Seriously. They wouldn’t take my stuff, and I had to cart it right back home.

And . . . until last week, I hadn’t received any notices of the donation pick-ups on which I’d started to depend.

And . . . I have several big things that I’d like to get rid of.  Things like . . . a desk, a bench, a shelf, and some large outgrown items from the playroom.  The hassle factor of donating those large items combined with the fact that I might get ten dollars apiece for them (making my overall profit more likely to be worth my time), helped me decide I was willing to do the Garage Sale Thing.

Plus . . . . a garage sale is great motivation for kids to declutter.  One of my kids has been actively going through his stuff since I mentioned that we would be having one soon.

How are you getting rid of your stuff this spring?

See my tips for having a successful garage sale.

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