Minimalism

The “Everything is Free” Garage Sale

As I gear up to work from home in the near future, I’ve been turning my attention to turning a spare bedroom into an office space for myself. Luckily for my husband and I, we’ve always referred to it as “an office,” but since I will legitimately work from home, this gives me an excuse to paint the walls and jettison the bed that is in there.

In the interest of living more minimalistic lives we want to get rid of some of our extra stuff. And because our parents and friends viewed our purchase of a home a few years back as an excuse to upgrade their furniture and get rid of some of their clutter, my husband and I have five dressers, three loveseats/oversized chairs, one recliner, one futon, a couch, three desks, two grills, one queen-sized bed and two double beds. Did I mention that we share the house with a cat? And that we do not have children? Most of the furniture is not problematic, but the five dressers are a bit much. So we’re trying to get rid of them and although we’re finally getting some interested parties, my husband and I were seriously thinking about holding a garage sale … where everything is free and would likely only consist of two of our excess dressers and our old grill.

That was my husband’s idea and was preferable to him than my suggestion of just parking out said items on our curb and putting “free” signs on them. 🙂 Luckily for both of us, we’re finding takers on some of these items. We just got to figure out how to get ’em delivered.

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2 thoughts on “The “Everything is Free” Garage Sale

  1. I would definitely not suggest doing an “everything is free” garage sale, and, from my own experience, wouldn’t even advertise anything as “giveaway” – every time I’ve tried that (thinking I was doing a good thing) I’d get tons of calls or emails and then no one would actually ever come and get anything. Even charging $10 for something somehow weeds out the non-serious people, and I sometimes wonder if people question something that is free, thinking that maybe free = worthless or in bad condition.

    So if I ever advertise anything, I put a low price on it, and sometimes once the person gets here, I end up giving it away to them (no harm in that!) Or, just donate it, that’s quite easy too.

  2. Do you guys have a Freecycle program in your area? Our county has one – it’s a Yahoo group actually and people from the county can become members. You can either post items that you have to give away OR if you’re looking for things, you can post a “wanted” ad. Everything is free and must be in good condition. I’ve personally gotten rid of clothes, phone chargers, baby gear, etc. And I’ve gotten camera tripods, coupons, diapers and other little things I’m can’t remember. 🙂 I’ve seen lots of furniture get new owners too.

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