Thursday, December 8, 2016

Day 2611 - Why garage sales are so important - Lovin' Life Linky

It's time to declutter.


My garage looks like the house threw up in it.   It is filled with trash treasure that we're hoping to sell on Saturday.

If it doesn't sell we'll be taking it to our waste management centre where we can choose between land fill, recycling and "The Green Shed" (which is their reuse store).



I love that we have the option of on-selling our wares.  I particularly love that the on-selling allows us to cleanse, declutter and simplify.  It's amazing what you can accumulate when you've been parked in the one house for 16 years.

If you're thinking of organising a garage sale, you can check out my "how to organise a garage sale" post here.

Today I want to concentrate on the benefits of a garage sale:


  1. Benefit to seller:  The seller gets to cleanse while making pocket money, safe in the knowledge that someone else is going to get use out of their pre-loved items.
  2. Benefit to buyer:  The buyer is able to get items they might need without having to fork out big sums of money.  
  3. Benefit to the environment: Less household items end up in landfill which obviously takes some strain off our waste management systems. 
  4. Benefit to your belongings:  If you're like me, then you know Toy Story is real and toys have feelings, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that your items are going to be loved again.

Have you hosted a garage sale?

Ever bought a bargain at a garage sale?

Anyone else having a pre-Christmas cleanse?



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It's time for the Lovin' Life Linky brought to you by Team Lovin' Life: Deep Fried Fruit, Seize the Day ProjectDebbish50 Shades of Age and Lifestyle Fifty #teamlovinlife

Note:  Min from Write of the Middle is taking a much deserved break today. She's cruising the high seas! What a great way to be Lovin' Life ... 





28 comments :

  1. When my children were younger I used to hold a garage sale before Christmas each year to clear the house of their old toys they no longer played with and their clothes that no longer fit. Much as I loved our items finding new homes it was a bit depressing when people wanted everything as cheap as possible! One particular lady comes to mind who bought one of the kids well loved toys with about 8 batteries in it, she haggled like crazy, got the item for almost nothing, and once she'd bought it she proceeded to take the batteries out and keep them and threw the much loved by us toy into our bin in front of the kids!!!! That was my last garage sale! I hope your customers are not as rude! All the best with your sale on Saturday.
    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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  2. I sell on ebay non stop through out the year...I'm just waiting for my free 100 as I have a tonne of stuff I wanted to go before xmas. Otherwise I just stick it on the fence for free, or give to charity...

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    1. Yep, we do too. I just find that process so darn long! We have soooo much stuff it would take years of EBay to sell. Mind you, some of this stuff is too good to just "give away" in the garage sale. So some of it is going on Gumtree. The rest ... well ... it's OUT OF HERE!

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  3. I need to host a garage sale one day! I've tried consignment, ebay, forums in the past but a garage sale sounds like so much fun!

    SSG xxx

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    1. If you don't have a lot of stuff and don't want to host on your own, you can get a group together and run a combined garage sale. Particularly good if you're in an apartment complex or a neighbourhood willing to band together.

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  4. "My garage looks like the house threw up in it" Haha, I see what you did there! I love garage sales. I've picked up some great stuff over the years :)

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  5. Good luck with the garage sale. I tend to give most stuff away these days but I did sell some much loved (and in excellent condition!) baby stuff from our grandkid minding days to parents via a FB for parents site locally back in Sydney days. My DD recently had a garage sale and for all day at home..got a total of $60. This is one reason we have never held one. However, I know that some people love their garage sales.

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    1. Yeah, it can be a bit draining. I guess for us it's the first step before turfing everything. Even if we pick up $50 it will help pay for at least one Christmas gift this year. Or the waste management fees. Or something. LOL.

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  6. I think my house must look exactly like mine. We live downstairs from my 90 year old MIL who will be moving to a home shortly. She has kept things for over 70 years so I'm not looking forward to the clean up! Good luck with the garage sale although you had better set your alarm people turn up at dawn!

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    1. I know! Early birds getting the worm? Or vultures scavenging?

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  7. I love garage sales. The people you meet and the decluttering and the hope of making a fortune (natch!). Good luck with yours :) #TeamLovinLife

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  8. Sounds like a good idea. I really want to cull the kids toys before they get another influx at birthday/christmas.

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  9. I've hosted heaps of garage sales. Love them! We often combine with family too, to make it bigger. My area has heaps of garage sales every weekend. The only thing I don't like are the few bad eggs that try to scavenge early and I have to tell them off like a bratty dog. They don't like that.

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  10. I love a great garage sale! I especially love getting a great bargain, old retro stuff is my love!

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  11. I have started accumulating stuff for a garage sale a few times but then I decide that it's to hard and donate it to charity or give it to friends. I do sell stuff on Gumtree or eBay quite a bit though. Great way to earn some extra cash for our travels.

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  12. I've never had a garage sale and I've never been to one, which I know is weird. When I left my Brisbane place I downsized a lot (originally!!!!) and so left a heap of my stuff on the kerb as it was the week Council did a kerbside pick-up. I noticed - as is often the case - most stuff (sofa, kitchen bar stools, rug) etc... all disappeared on the first day!

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  13. We've never held a garage sale but are in the long process of decluttering. The house is already looking much cleaner and clearer. It's a horrible job but one you feel good about afterwards!

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  14. Great idea, but I hate Garage Sales. People show up on your doorstep at 4am (even though you have advertised 7am) and then they proceed to insult you by offering ridiculously low prices for everything! I like having a "cleanse" and declutter every 6 months and donate mostly to charity stores or even to friends if I think the clothing will fit them. Otherwise my hubby takes the stuff to the rubbish tip and recycling centre. We picked up a little hall table out the front of someone's place once and refurbished it into a fantastic piece. :)

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  15. I'm in declutter mode as well. Although we had a massive clear out, including 2 skip loads just prior to moving in February. I'm amazed at how much junk we've accumulated in the process or failed to get rid of in the move. I'm having a toned down Christmas as a result. We just have too much stuff.

    I'm also late for linking up. Not sure if my Thursday post is late (4pm here) or Friday post super early. I'm choosing to think I'm early.

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  16. I love a good Garage Sale! Its always great to have a clear out. I usually give the leftovers to charity. Hope it goes well for you on Saturday :) #TeamLovinLife

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  17. Decluttering is something that I should do more of... oh look a new creative project to work on - #storyofmylife! : ) Have a fantastic creative week! #lovinlife #artiststyle #ohyeah

    —Charles

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  18. I've never been much of a clutter-er. My parents are huge fans of garage sales and the bargains they get, but I tend to just donate it to the Salvos and save the pain of people sifting through my stuff.

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  19. My garage looks like the house threw up in it. - Ha ha thats the funniest comment I've read for a while. I had a garage sale many years ago thinking i would make a few bucks before during the leftovers at the tip. well, I made almost $1000 and had hardly anything left to get of rid. Its amazing what people will buy.

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