I love to streamline things. I’m that person who cleans her closet every 3-6 months and takes to Goodwill or Salvation Army what I haven’t worn in two years. (Although I usually pick up clothes at the local Salvation Army after I drop off. Whoops.) I’m sentimental about My Favorite Things, but not much else.
There is furniture in our home that we bought for our previous apartment. This furniture was the first (and last) time we’ve ever splurged on fine, quality home goods. We did this because I was becoming increasing sure we would have no children. (This was after IVF #2.) I was particularly in love with this beautiful, creamy velvet chaise lounge we bought for our bedroom. It was gorgeous: so neutral, so polished, so, well, luxe. It’s something that seemed to belong in a Four Seasons hotel room.
Then we bought our place, and it has a window seat in our bedroom, rendering the chaise lounge concept obsolete. I’ve held onto it, keeping it temporarily in my daughter’s room. But she’s becoming an artiste who needs her table space for projects and games, and that room is becoming rather cramped.
So we decided it might be a good idea to have a garage sale and try to purge our home of furniture that literally does not fit. Including our lovely entertainment center which is too big for any of our walls. This thing was not from IKEA. (Unlike almost all the other furniture we’ve had in our life.)
It turns out “Silk Stalking” DVDs are worth more than anything we were selling.
As befits my personality, I set up little tableaus here and there to make our furniture appealing. I set up a pretty beribboned clothesline and hung up some of the twins’ cutest clothes from Janie and Jack. I set up a little cozy scene involving our chaise and a wool Mongolian rug that we can’t use because of its size. Darcy wouldn’t let me unwrap the couch from its shrink plastic wrap. (“That makes it look new!”)
We advertised this garage sale multiple times online. I made signs I decorated the neighborhood with.
And then we waited. And people came. But not to buy what we wanted them to buy.
They wanted to buy a used TV that we were not planning to sell. They wanted to buy our printer. They wanted to buy our scanner.
We made $9!!!!!!
No one even wanted our nice stuff.
Honestly? It hurt my feelings.
Now our garage is fuller than it was yesterday.
So, does anyone (preferably in the Bay Area, but the US is OK) want curtains for a nursery? They were custom-made with the black out material in the back of the fabric to keep out light during naptime. They are 76″ long. I’m saving some clothes for Bodega and Emily.
Have you had luck with garage sales? Any secrets you care to share?