Yard Sale Day

Every year our neighborhood has an annual yard sale on the Saturday before Mother's Day (I'd personally like to smack the person who picked this date, it doesn't make for a laid back weekend for us moms!) The weather can be fickle this time of year but this year we were blessed with perfect weather!

The kids and I were up at 5am. Ok, I was actually awake at 4 but who's counting. We did a lot of our prep work last night so it was just a matter of dragging out the tables from the garage and arranging things in the driveway. Whoever posts the sign for our sale has the start time as 8am, HA! A little before 6 am I had people waltzing through my garage picking through things already. In fact, last night as we finished prepping things, I had people rummaging through the tables IN my garage! I didn't care because they actually bought stuff, crazy!

In addition to selling our  junk   treasures, we also do a food stand. We borrow one of those nifty hot dog rollers from my husbands work (picture the kind of plump, juicy dogs you can get at a ball game, yeah THOSE yummy kinds!) We also sell drinks. This year, we went through 35lbs of Kunzler Grill Franks, and at the very end, ran out of drinks.....5 1/2 cases of soda and 2 cases of bottled water! We were B U S Y!!!!

Our kiddos were a HUGE help! There is no way we could've pulled this off if they hadn't pitched in.

The girls had their own table where they were selling handmade jewelry that consisted of bracelets and earrings. Susan gets these neat kits and makes some pretty cool earrings. Sarah also crocheted some baby hats. The girls did really well!

Here is a pic of their table at the end of the day. I was too busy to get more pictures earlier on so this only shows a little bit of what they had. They sold about 2/3 of what they made.

Your children need your presence more than your presents.
~Jesse Jackson


  1. OH wow how awesome, I can not believe your girls made the jewelry and hats. It sounds like you guys did great what a blessing! Saying a prayer for you I hope tomorrow you are really blessed :)

  2. Hope you are having a wonderful Mother's Day!

  3. Wonderful memories you are creating even if it isn't the most relaxing weekend. Just enjoy the clutter free feeling that glows after a garage sale.

  4. Jenn, I know this is backing up a bit, but I am so touched by your family and by your precious Noah. I just read your post about your hubs parents. What is it that gives people (family or not!) the right to tell us how to live our lives, or the fact that we are not living our lives the way THEY think we should? We have been going through this for some time with my mother and it is so disheartening. I mean...as children we want to please our parents and then as adults, our parents feel free to point out all the ways in which we fall short of their expectations. I absolutely refuse to do this to my daughter in the future. I have carefully crafted journals on how NOT to treat your child as I did not have a very happy childhood. I was not abused...I just felt like a stranger in my own family. Just wanted y'all to know you aren't alone in that vein.


  5. Good job girls!
    Taking a picture was a good idea!

  6. What cute girls you have, the jewelry looks amazing!!

    LOVE that quote at the end, I need to remember that more often because I spoil my children rotten :)


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