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July 22, 2013


 I was busy all last week preparing for a garage sale.  
I live off of a main county road that gets a fair amount of traffic and I've always done well with getting people to stop in.
I did advertise in my local paper and on Craigslist.
One way or another I was able to sell most of my goods and I'm grateful for that!

Step one, we decided to build some tables to set things on.  In the past I've used some saw horses with a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood or whatever I could find.  My logic was that we could reuse these again.  Boy the price of lumber is crazy.  We ended up buying floor decking material because standard plywood was ridiculous!

We cut the 4 x 8 sheets into 2 x 8's and we bought 7 ft. 2 x 4's and cut them to 3 ft. lengths.  We had a bunch of 12 inch pieces left over which we used to connect each table at the seems and it straightened them up.
Everything was screwed together so it could be taken apart easily. (Dig the sexy sox on my hubby)

Our garage is split with two doors and we used the left side for staging. 

Dan insisted on covering up our stuff that wasn't for sale by adding this visqueen which we happened to have on hand from some other projects.  (Staple staple staple...) Many years ago some nosy (older guys) went right around my tables at a garage sale and were nosing around in our tools.  I had to boot them out!  That's why we do the privacy plastic thing.

I bought a bunch of (cheap) vinyl tablecloths with the flannel backing to cover the wood because it's picky and this looks better.  I started bring my stuff to the tables.

I marked everything with little strips of masking tape and a marker which is a super inexpensive way to do it.  Those little round ones they well with prices on them already are nice but I had too much stuff and wasn't going to pay for them (cause I'm cheap!)

We have left over pieces of carpet from different times that we've had carpet laid.  We cut small strips and I staged pictures on them.

  I forgot I had this faux olive tree stored away so I sold it too! 

In the center of the room I created a space for some man stuff.  I was thrilled that hubby brought out a lot of stuff he was harboring.
He works on industrial electronics for machines at machine tool shops around a five county region.  That is our business. 

This is a crazy shot.  I used the panoramic mode on my iPhone.  You sweep from left to right as your taking it.  It made a crazy curve of the garage door but you get the drift.  Some of the things on the floor were taken outside the day of the sale.  It was in the upper 90's all last week while we prepared so we had fans going all the time.  

I popped into a party goods store the day before and spotted this garage sale balloon and I combined it with the polka dot ones for an eye catcher.   It had a weight at the bottom and we stuck it into the mail box and closed the door and it worked great!

By 4:00 it was pretty barren.  We brought in our signs and I condensed what was left into a couple of spots.  

Sunday we tore down the tables we made and the plastic was taken down.  
It's not a pretty garage, but it does the job.  

Now to put this away in the storage barn.  

We took anything left over to the Women's Resource Center and Goodwill.  The electronic/electrical stuff went to a recycling place for that kind of stuff and the rest we took to a recycling center where are garbage pickup company is located.

So that's what I've been up to for the last week and weekend.  Next week we move bedroom furniture down to our daughter's place.  She's moving into a new rental with more space so she's finally going to have her bedroom furniture from home.

  What have you been doing??


  1. Wow! You had a fancy garage sale, with table cloths and all! :) Wish I had a garage.We converted our single car garage to a family room. We just have a yard sale, instead. Great idea with the balloons. Tell you husband that I think my husband has some socks just like that. LOL

  2. Geez, Louise!!!!!! What an undertaking! That you had it so incredibly well-organized is enviable! There's nothing like going to a garage sale only to find stuff tossed here, there, and everywhere. It's much more inviting if it's more like a retail store experience! I'm sure that helps you to keep better track of everything sold, too!!!

    I wasn't going to say anything about the socks, but since you brought 'em up first....! ;-) Those homemade tables are terrific!!!!!!! Those will come in handy for a lot over time, I'm sure!!! If you ever have a big family picnic, those would make great buffet tables!!! Your husband is truly one of the hardest working men I have ever seen!!! He is just all over the place doing project after project. I love it!!!

    So glad you got so much weeded out! You guys did great!!!

  3. Gosh, you must feel good getting rid of all that stuff and making some cash. My husband wouldn't get that involved in a garage sale, so kudos to yours, white socks and all! Now you can put up your feet, until you move your daughter's furniture! :)

  4. I love your husband. The way he jumps the wagons you drive in :). You're blessed.
    Your garage sale is nothing what I expect garage sales to be... I went through the pics half expecting a servant to bring the champagne and canap├ęs ahahaha
    People were smart to gobble up all so quickly. I already had my mind in some pieces ahahah
    That barn of yours is full of riches too... oh those pieces will be useful for another occasion.
    Thank you for taking the time and take the pics to share with us.

  5. Wow, you had alot of stuff and it looks like your did quite well. It always feel good to get rid of stuff. making some money from it is great! It looked very organized. xo Linda

  6. Liz,
    Great Garage $ale, dear friend!!!
    Love the tables your hubby made!
    (My hubby has a pair of those matching socks...ha!)
    Good idea to "hide" your items NOT for $ale!!!
    Have a much cooler weekend!!!

  7. Wow this has to be the best organized garage sale I've ever seen. Glad you did well!!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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