Sunday, September 14, 2008

Garage Sale Success

Ever since I returned from Liberia last spring I have felt an overwhelming need to get rid of "stuff." I realized that for the last 5 years I have been bringing stuff into my house and not taking anything out. The desire to clean house almost felt spititual, like cleaning out my home of unneeded stuff was the outward expression of a cleansing that was taking place in my soul.
So... for the last 6 months I have been putting stuff aside preparing myself to part with it. I figured a garage sale would be a good way to go about it. I might as well give others a chance to enjoy (or be burdened) by my stuff as much as I have right?
Earlier this week I invited my friend Heidi over to help me with the final go through. I thought Heidi would be helpful because she would help me to be strong and part with things I was struggling with. I was wrong. You see Heidi and I have been friends since high school. Every box or pile we came to held a memory. She was there for the camping trips with "that shirt" and when "that picture" was taken and remembers how much I loved "that bag." Overall I was strong and resisted her temptations, but I am grateful for the fond memories she brought back to me.
I took 2 car loads of stuff to another friends house where the garage sale was going to take place. Added to the multiple families from my church who also donated towards the sale, we filled the garage and the side yard. I was overwhelmed and wondered how we were going to get rid of it all and worried no one would want it. I was wrong again.
We made over $1000!
(All the money is going to go towards helping finance my time in Liberia.)
Now I am exhausted. It was a lot of work and a long weekend, but it was worth it. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped. Thanks David and Cathy for donating your garage, yard and time and for all the wonderful food. Thanks Susan for skipping church to run the sale and all your help with "organizing." Thanks to everyone who came out and supported me whether with a quarter or a smile it was not unnoticed.

1 comment:

Ashley said...

Woohoo! That's awesome! I'm glad it went well. Oh us of little faith, right? In the last 2 days, I've added $5600 to my support?! I can't believe I'm leaving tomorrow! Anyway, I've got TONS to do today, haha. Wish I was seeing you in Brussels on Wednesday.