Once a year, I like to get rid of unused things and give away to family and friends. If something hasn’t been used or worn for the entire year, perhaps I don’t really need it.
But some things feel more precious to me, and I don’t think anyone around me will appreciate it as I do. Or, in some cases I just paid too much money for giving it for free. But I don’t like clutter, I only like to keep useful things around me.
For quite a long time, I was thinking about selling my stuff at a yard sale, but I’m an introvert, and sometimes don’t feel so comfortable with the “face to face” interaction, especially when money is involved. But I also think it’s important to get out of my skin and do something completely different for a change. I asked my blogger friend Miaamos if she wants to join me in my battle against clutter, and we made our own yard sale!
She has done it before, but for me, it was the first time ever. I took some photos from her porch, where the sale took place:
I won’t try to bullshit you- it was lame. People did come, but we only managed to sell a few inexpensive items.
But nevertheless, the whole experience was fun and we took great photos. We also learned a lesson or two:
1. The location is crucial
Mia’s porch was absolutely perfect for the sale. But the location of her house brought us the wrong kind of audience – more conservative community while our stuff, (I guess) was too quirky for them.
2.Pick your partners wisely
Mia can be a perfect business partner for me. We have close (but not similar) taste, and we speak our minds clearly to each other. But when we publish the event, another seller contacted us and asked to join us and sell her jewelry there. She said she has regular costumers and it would help us out so we obviously said yes. Her costumers came, but her merchandise was so different from ours, they didn’t even look. They came for her, and it only made us feel a bit invisible.
I don’t care if the sale was lame. I did something I’m not used to do, and I’ve learned a lot on the way. We had our fun together, doing things we love and it’s enough. I think we will try this again and who know? Maybe we will do much better next time.