Saturday, May 12, 2007

Yard Sale Day

My neighborhood is currently having a neighborhood yard sale. I like the theory behind yard sales and will likely talk a walk soon and explore other people's yard sales, but I didn't do one of my own.

And I feel a bit guilty about it.

One, we could use the extra cash. I mean, who couldn't?

Two, I have stuff that I should probably get rid of.

But I can't bring myself to do it. I used to do yard sales, but each time I did them I'd get so mad by the end of them that I would be ranting to my husband that "I will never again do a yard sale!" I got so tired of dealing with "hagglers" who, even if a price was perfectly reasonable, still only wanted to pay a dollar for anything, and the "early birds" who shove their way into your garage and poke through your stuff wanting prices on your kid's outdoor equipment or your stash of canned food.

And we always seem to get a multitude of people who don't really speak English. It can be very frustrating at 7 am in the morning to try to communicate like that. I am SO not a morning person.

So I'm inside, feeling a bit guilty and am simply planning to take all the household stuff we don't want to GoodWill. At least it goes to a good cause, and then I don't have to deal with any hassles.

I also have discovered the wonders of consignment sales. We have a well-organized, well-advertised consignment sale twice a ayear around here where I can get rid of all the clothes and toys my kids have outgrown. It's so much easier.

So guilt or no guilt, I'm still not doing a yard sale!