The “40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge” of 2012 officially ended for me on Saturday at the Community Yard Sale. Here I am minding the store, hip pack clamped on for hands-free transacting.
I debated about going to all the trouble of sorting and pricing my booty from the 40 Day Challenge, but in the end I decided to donate the clothes and sell everything else.
For the minor inconvenience of slapping pre-printed price tags on my household baggage, I had a fun morning interacting with customers, friends, and neighbors, and I managed to earn a nice cash windfall. Not bad for a few hours of work.
It was beautiful weather for the Annual Earth Day Yard Sale. Held right outside the high school, the event brings in plenty of curious shoppers. For only $15, I rented a table which they delivered and set up for me.
Once again I was reminded what a wonderful institution those yard sales are. I put my unwanted junk on a table and someone excitedly picks it up and says “I’ve been looking for a _____” (fill in the blank with floor lamp, plastic ficus plant, pewter pitcher, silver-plated tray, wooden crate, chafing dish, foot locker, or monkeypod salad bowl). It happened many times that morning.
At the noon hour, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters van pulled up and we loaded our unsold items into the truck. I admit I had a hard time saying good-bye to our baby stroller. It’s 22 years old, and I logged hundreds of miles pushing my two kids in it. As a toddler, this six-foot tall guy used to insist I roll him through every mud puddle.
The final tally: 40 Bags in 40 Days. The result: a terrific sense of satisfaction, release, and accomplishment.
Marna Ashburn Krajeski is the author of HOUSEHOLD BAGGAGE: The Moving Life of a Military Wife, and HOUSEHOLD BAGGAGE HANDLERS: 56 Stories From the Hearts and Lives of Military Wives. She also blogs at www.TheHangingIndent.com and www.GreatGetTogethers.com.