Since I moved into my temporary housing, I've spent my evenings and weekends sorting through my stuff trying to decide what to keep, what to sell, and what to throw away. I have quite a bit of stuff, way too many clothes and shoes and just random things. When it is all in an apartment or in storage, it doesn't look like a lot, but when it is just sitting around...it is overwhelming.
Since I can't take a lot with me, since when I first get to where ever I am going will be temporary, I am not bringing a lot of items. Once I settle into a place, then I will have my items shipped or I'll come back for them.
So to lessen the need to move things that will eventually sit in boxes in the new place, I needed to have a garage sale. 9 AM - 4 PM on a Saturday. Even with getting up at 5:30 AM, it was a struggle to get everything done. Had to get everything outside, had to finish pricing, had to put signs up locally, responding to a few inquires via forums...it reminded me of the last time I did a garage sale and said I probably would never do it again.
My sister surprised me and came over at 7:30 AM to help get ready, and it was a huge help to get it all out because I had quite a bit of early birds stop by. The morning was very busy. Next thing I knew my mother said that my other sister was on her way over. She is in the process of moving, so she brought a car load of stuff to sell (but by the time she got here, it was about 1 PM). In the mean time my other sister's family came to help/hang out. I was shocked by how many family members came to help on such a beautiful Saturday.
The sale was worth it. Some items I was shocked sold and others I thought would sell didn't. All together I sold about $650. I have at least two more big items to sell- a desk for $325 and an elliptical for $240, maybe a fireplace for $400. Combine that with the scrapbook stuff I sold on eBay last month, that is about $2100+ that I will be able to put towards new furnishings after I move. Still no where near enough...but at least it will help!