I know I have been MIA. We have had a lot of family things going on, but I’ve still been working on my challenge to rid our home of 365 items in 6 months.
I’ve been sharing with you how I talk to myself about whether to get rid of or keep certain things. Today I want to share about self-talk and yard sales. Sometimes I’ll look at an item in my house and I just know that I don’t want it anymore. Some part of my brain will often chime in saying, “I don’t want it, but it’s too valuable to get rid of.” (I know you’re not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition, but that’s how my brain talks to itself.) Keeping an item because it is valuable is pretty silly if it is of no use to me. If I feel strongly that the item is valuable and I must get money for it, then I will try to sell it. When you have several of these items, a yard sale is a good way to get rid of them.
When planning a yard sale this is a very good time to really look around the house and ask, “Do I really like this?” Our church had a multi-family yard sale a few weeks ago. I used this opportunity to look around at just about everything in our house, things I’ve owned for years and ask myself: “Would I rather have this or $8. Would I rather have that or $15?” In any instance where I thought I’d rather have the money over the item, the item went in the yard sale box.
I gathered several boxes of items and priced them to sell. I can’t believe I forgot to take pictures! I was not going to count every single thing sold, but I was going to try to count some of it! Here are some of the things we sold:
- A coffee table
- 2 chairs
- 15 VHS tapes
- A wooden tray
- A trunk
- A large set of dress-up clothes
- A small bike
- Raggedy Ann & Andy Shelf Sitter
- A box of paper punches
- A Gigaball
- The remains of a craft kit
- 2 Christmas stockings
- A Santa Hat
- A box of 6 kids’ books on tape
- 2 artificial potted plants
- 2 plastic baskets
Some things didn’t sell, but got packed right into a van and went off to charity:
- 3 prints that I bought because I wanted the frames
- Cozy Coupe
- 2 computer programs
- 4 glass light shades
- 6 plastic wash tubs
So I believe just counting the few items listed above, that brings our total of items removed from house to 220!
Are any of you having yard sales this summer? How do you determine what to keep and what to sell?