Have you ever heard of an Indoor
Garage Sale?..... Neither have I.
It took a while to warm up to the idea
but, after considering the concept, I decided to participate in one planned for
Our local Recreation Center advertised
through the local newspaper, cable television, internet e-mails, and street
signs. Garage sale information and a map were also made available.
My husband got wind of the idea. He
had been discussing the large amount of non-used material residing in our
basement, and what could we do with it all. We made a visit to the lower level of
our home and realized the indoor sale might be a way to send items to a different
I decided to phone the Rec. Center and
sign up for a table at the upcoming sale. This resulted in a new status. I was
now a Vendor for the upcoming event.
O.K. so what is an Indoor Garage Sale?
And, what on earth does a person with that title do?
The representative from the Rec.
Center sent potential Vendors well written information on what was expected
from us. Here are some of the topics they presented:
Vendors would be allowed to set up on
either Saturday, from 6-8 pm or on Sunday, at 10 am.
The sale was to begin at 11:00am
were Rules. These stated:
· Exhibitors will receive one 6 foot table and a chair to
· Tables will be labeled with your name and number
· Doors will open to the public at 11am.
· The sale runs from 11am-2pm.
· Vendors are responsible for their own monies and change
· No alcohol, illegal items or weaponry is allowed on site
· Vendors are required to remove all unsold items at the
end of the sale
· Vendors have until 3:30pm on Sunday to remove their items
We were assured that, in case there
were items not sold; Goodwill would pick up any unwanted merchandise at 3:15pm
on Sunday. There was to be a location designated for donations.
to start when you have less than a week to gather items you no longer want or
I must confess to never having been a
Vendor in the past. Questions ran through my mind. Here are examples:
would I get the items into the building and where was the room?
other Vendors help?
I be able to place everything on the table?
much and in what denominations of coins and paper money, should I bring?
It turned out that my husband was available
and took a lot of time helping me. He also selected items to sell, organized
and placed the objects. He came up with great ways to carry the items into the
Rec.Center and to take them home again.
We had one very unusual item, a large
box of greeting cards. These had been given to us by a friend who knew they could
be used to make holiday cards. The card backs had been removed but the box was
filled. I wanted to know if anyone would take cards for future use. I was
hoping they would offer some of these for art projects.
I had opportunities to meet with other
Vendors before and during the garage sale. Several had never tried selling at
this type of sale. Others, more confident, were helpful with information. All
were very receptive.
shoppers looked at my display,
met and spoke with me.
asked the price.
wanted a lower price.
wanted to take a portion of an item.
sell a small number of things. These included:
large coffee holder
Unfortunately, no one wanted any of
Thinking they could be recycled, I offered
them freely to everyone at my table. They could be used by children making art
projects, but no one would take them.
do this again? I’m not sure. It was a good experience and I learned a lot. Ask
me next year.
Best wishes to all of you who
participate in yard, garage, and estate sales. You are helping the recycling
Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, grandmother,
writer, thrift advocate, cable television producer, and retired nurse. She
knows that use of Thrift can help people because she has experienced the