As it’s starting to feel like spring might be just around the corner … well, maybe not this week, but soon … I have been thinking about yard sales. Are we going to be able to have any this year? How long before people feel like they can be out and about, mingling with other shoppers again? I suffer through garage sale withdrawal every winter, but usually about now I’m planning which spring neighborhood sales I’m going to make it to this year.
I guess we just have to accept the uncertainty for now, not knowing when we’ll be able to get our yard sale fix.
In the meantime, I thought we could all take a walk down memory lane and visit some of my previous Carriage House sales.
If you’re a little bit new to my blog, you may not be familiar with my former sales. Up until 2016 my friend/co-worker/picker/garage sale mentor Sue and I used to hold occasional sales out of my carriage house.
I started keeping records in 2002, but we started the sales even earlier than that. Originally it was nothing more than a slightly upscale garage sale. But over time it grew bigger and better.
Usually we did a spring sale and a fall sale, but some years we just had one sale.
One thing I did find with this style of sale is that the furniture didn’t sell terribly well. Furniture doesn’t tend to be an impulse buy, something you can purchase on a whim and know you’ll find a spot for.
We had much better luck selling the smaller items.
Genuine vintage items were always a hit …
including vintage linens.
Plus, the linens were always fun to display …
We even sold the occasional vintage handbag or dress.
Our final sale was chock full of amazing stuff.
We often had a table of baked goods at the sale.
In case you’re wondering, no, I was never the baker. We had various bakers over the years.
At the fall sale we always had a section of vintage Christmas items. They were rather hit or miss. People aren’t usually thinking ahead to Christmas quite yet in late September.
One of the biggest problems with the sale was that we had really outgrown the carriage house. As a result, a lot of our merchandise had to be displayed out in the driveway. That tended to be a problem when it rained.
The weather was always unpredictable. Sometimes it was ridiculously hot and humid for our June sale, and then freezing cold for our fall sale. One year the severe weather sirens sounded just after we opened our doors. You might think that no one would show up in that kind of weather, but on the contrary, it was one of our best years in terms of gross sales. We just tried our best to stay dry under some tents and hoped nothing would get ruined.
As much fun as it was hosting the Carriage House Sale, it was also quite a lot of work. The space where the sale was held is also my workshop. In order to hold the sale I would have to completely empty out my workshop, set up the sale, hold the sale, dismantle the sale, then re-set up my workshop. In the end, I just felt it wasn’t the most efficient way to handle things. So I shopped around to find a place to sell my items on consignment and that’s when I ended up at Reclaiming Beautiful.
So the Carriage House sale became a thing of the past. I’m still grateful for all of the people who came to our sales though!
You never know, some day I may bring the sales back again. But probably not while I’m still working full time at the day job.
How about you? Are you a garage sale fan, wondering when we’re going to be able to get out there and hit the sales without having to wear masks or worry about staying 6′ away from each other?
P.S. Many thanks to those of you who left comments on my ‘social distancing glasses‘ post last week. I took the advice that many of you gave and went back to my eye doctor. Turns out the glasses were two degrees weaker than they were supposed to be. That sure explains why the whole world felt out of focus to me … well, that plus this whole pandemic thing. While I can’t do much about the pandemic, except stay home and try not to breath on people, I can get the glasses fixed. So they have gone back to the lab to be re-made and hopefully they’ll work better when I get them back 🙂