It looks like everybody’s downsizing and simplifying these days.
This Spring, eager to keep up our downsizing efforts, hubs and I participated in our community garage sale. We rolled up our sleeves and jumped in with wild dreams of passing along gently loved goods to loving new homes and, in return, gleefully holding a big pile of cash at the end of the day.
We pulled out long forgotten treasures from deep, dark and dusty corners. Polished each item to a shiny perfection. Carefully researched, priced and tagged every precious piece. And had more than one hearty laugh. Hubs pulled out a big box of instant food items that he’d been saving for 30-odd years. Even in the event of a nuclear holocaust, I’m pretty sure I would not have eaten this stuff, but he was just as sure it was “still good” and somebody would be thrilled to have it. It wasn’t. They weren’t. This digging, sorting, and reminiscing process took weeks. Treasures were piled everywhere. Finally, the big day arrived. When the garage door rolled up at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, we were armed and ready to make our millions.
To put it mildly, our garage sale efforts were not handsomely rewarded. So much great stuff. So little money at the end of the day. “Will you take a Dollar for that?” was the question I heard most. “Um, No!” became my battle cry. I got more than a little testy. It was a very long day. And one that will not be repeated anytime soon.
Which leads me to why it is still so very good to be Oprah. Yes, Oprah recently had a garage sale. And, as you can see in the video, Oprah’s garage sale experience was world’s away from the Les and Nancy experience. Of course it was!
By the end of her garage sale day, Oprah had netted over $600,000. Which she donated to charity. Pretty much like us. We did keep the $350 we made in cash and then hubs (bless his heart) took four carloads of priceless possessions to the Goodwill. Our donation.
On another note, it’s good to hear that we’re not the only ones downsizing and simplifying our lives. Way to go Oprah.