Sunday, May 23, 2010

Evicting Justin Case

Have you heard of Justin Case? He's been living in our basement, and I decided it was time for him to leave! You know all those things you keep "just in case"? I was cleaning things out and decided to have a garage sale. I haven't done one in years, but my sister Cheri and my daughter Laura said they had things they would add in and we decided to give it a try.
While I was getting things ready I read a magazine article that talked about excuses we make to avoid getting rid of things. They were pretty good, so I thought I would share them:
"But it's still perfectly good."
"I can't get rid of a collection."

"It was such a good deal."

"I might need it one day."

"I'll wear it when I lose weight."

"I'm going to get it fixed."

"It was a gift."

"It holds so many memories."

Lots of them are true for me, but you can only store so much!
So - we had a sale on Friday and Saturday.

However, we had a problem - rain! It rained much of the day Friday, finally slowing down in the evening.

This is what it looked like on Friday night.
Saturday was supposed to be better, but it still rained. It did improve though, and we did sell quite a bit, making it worth our time.
We had fun sitting together, talking and laughing. We met lots of nice people too (and a few strange ones!)


Lynn said...

Strange ones...hmm....sounds like a blog post!

Betty W said...

Oh, I wish I could have come to see what was for sale. I love garage sales, we don´t have them here.
Glad you did sell some stuff even though it rained!

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

The clouds are mIne to feed
With minerals lifes' need
And the sun zaps sum
But all in all job done!

A care prayer is heard And will soon be answered. Stilletoes are penence! Love love Andew!

Karin said...

This is the garage sale season - but it's still been too cold here! Glad you had fun!

Butterfly Works said...

The old saying goes....when you clean out you are preparing the way for new...Wonder what's coming your way......

Andrea said...

Urgent prayer request at arise 2 write.

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Mike Golch said...

we had a condo wide garage sales once,that was kinda fun.

mariel said...

fun! I prefer going to yard sales then having them...would have loved to stop by yours! It rained here, too and the people behind us were having a yard sale! they scrambled pretty fast when the heavens opened up over their treasures!!

*you can definately meet some odd birds while yard selling!

Justabeachkat said...

Hmmmm...I thought Justin Case only lived with me. LOL

I need to do some de-cluttering soon myself.


Unknown said...

Garage sales are a lot of work but fun if done with some fun people. It makes the time go by faster.

Wish you lived close by. I would've been to your garage sale. Sorry about the rain.

Jean said...

I love getting rid of stuff. I did it big time back in 2005 when we downsized. I'm sure I will need to get rid of a lot more whenever we actually sell our house. It's so much better to have less stuff.

By the way, it would not be a garage sale without strange people. They go together!

Jenny said...

Awww ... sorry your sale was dampened! LOL ... glad to know y'all pulled it out in the end, though. Wish I could have been there ... but I need to be getting rid of stuff, not bringing more stuff into this house!

Susan said...

Love "Justin Case"!!! Gotta remember that. I, too, need to get rid of him.

Connie said...

Sorry I didn't know about your sale. Looked like you had some neat things. Hope you did well.

Kayren said...

We were supposed to have rain
Saturday and didn't. Do people over there have garage sales on Thursday? Everyone over here starts them on Thursday and runs through Saturday, but let me tell you, Saturday is the slowest day, like leading up to Christmas for kids.

Pat said...

I would have to have a sale of all the stuff in the garage before I could fill it with stuff from the house! My goodness...we certainly do accumulate!
I think Justin Case is my husbands alias!

Heart2Heart said...


We too need to evict this useless person that dwells in all kinds of places in our home and have a yard sale as well. Sounds like yours turned out perfect in the end.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Rae said...

My garage sale is coming around next weekend. I hope I can get rid of my accumulated stuff. I am also hoping for sunshine...

Mary Lee said...

Wow! I know Justin Case too...small world. Glad your sale was a success even with the raun,

Kim said...

The only way to have a garage sale is with others! If not, it's too boring, but with friends/family/whoever it becomes a par-tay! :-) Too bad about the rain, but glad you got rid of some stuff and had fun in the bargain!

Alice said...

You are so organized with the sale from the look of the pic. I'm glad you had a good sale despite the rain.