Apr 8 2011

garage sale for good [day 316]

While in the process of ridding my house of many unused things, I received a Facebook message about a garage sale.  This is not just any garage sale, it’s a sale to help someone in need.  Here’s the info from Facebook.

We will be holding a HUGE Charity Garage Sale at Third Monday Trade Days on Highway 380 in McKinney on Friday April 15th and Saturday April 16th. ALL proceeds will go to the Bereavement Fund to assist Tami and her children with life after the loss of her husband and the children’s Father. Medical bills are mounting and Tami is about to have her 6th child this April.

Plesae consider donating your items, volunteering to help run the sale, pricing, boxing, transporting items to the sale venue and even just sending this to ALL of your friends so we can get the word out! The more the better!

The timing on this, for me personally, is a little ironic.  I sometimes gather donations to take to the thrift store or to bring to an orphanage I love, and the first thing most people say is, “I have some old clothes I can send.”   This is sale actually a great place to send those unwanted clothes, as opposed to donating them to people that need other things.  (click here to read about situational needs)   I brought them some clothing, not because I didn’t want it, but because I didn’t need it.  I purposely downsized my wardrobe by over 50%, so this clothing isn’t out-of-style stuff, it’s good stuff with life left in it.

I gave lots of other stuff that I had slotted for the thrift store and craigslist.  I can always use the money I would get from selling stuff, but I don’t need it.  This is a way to infuse good into your stuff while blessing others.  In this process, I’m helping someone in need, I’ve met some really cool people I didn’t know, I’m blessing others with some of my unused material possessions and my life is slowly becoming less stressful, as I’m getting out of the gridlock of my belongings.

These photos were taken over a week ago.  I’m sure much more has been donated by now and this isn’t even all of the stuff.  Take a look.

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Jun 25 2010

books, books and more books [day 30]

I worked most of day 30, so there was no time to think about shopping, even if I had wanted to.  Day 31 was a little bit different.

I had bags of clothing and toys from a few days ago when I cleaned out some of our closets.  I went to the thrift store to drop everything off, but the line was long and my car AC doesn’t work when the car is idle.  I had every desire to go park my car, walk my donations to the curb drop-off area and go inside.  I knew if I did go in, I had to need something in order to buy it.  So I parked the car, did the curb drop-off and went in.

I had an idea the other day for purchasing gifts.  I can’t buy new things and it’s still not completely socially acceptable to give used stuff for gifts.  (I have every intention of starting this new trend!)  I decided to look for used books, ones I am familiar with or topics that I know some of my friends or kids would like.  I usually do this with vintage books, but they cost a lot of money.  Books at the thrift store are $1, which I find very expensive since they used to be $0.25 each.  Until I find another $0.25 book store, I’ll guess I’ll have to deal with it.  After all, the money is going to a local charity and that’s a good thing.  I was without my kids so I got to leisurely look through all of the books, slowly scanning each shelf, reading the title of every book.  Now that’s some good down time!

Have you ever thought about the value continuum of books?  Expensive (full price), relatively expensive (on sale), good deal (a really good sale), screaming deal (everybody has a copy or has borrowed one and read it), free or really super cheap (garage sales & thrift stores), and finally with some books, back to very expensive (vintage and rare books).

Some call it frugal, some call it cheap, I really don’t care about the name as long as I’m getting a good deal.  I bought eight books.  One book that I’ve been wanting to read for a while, but didn’t want to pay $15 for, was right there on the shelf.  The other books will be for gifts.  I usually alter them a little bit, meaning I write a personal note in them and add artwork.

I also bought one more thing that I would see as a need.  My kids wanted to start battery recycling at the church.  We go through a lot of batteries with the mics and remotes in the tech area.  I bought a small metal trashcan with a lid for $6.99.  Supporting my kids in their efforts to make this world a better place seems like a good thing to do, especially when it’s just $6.99.  It might not have been a need, but it sure seemed like a good purchase.  :)