Sheesh, I had every intention of getting this post up early today, but then my internet decided to go haywire for about 7 hours :( grrrr. Sorry for the delay!
Now that I'm FINALLY back online, I just wanted to pop in and say:
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone who showed up for our garage sale this past Saturday!!! It was a HIT!
I have to say that I was literally shaking with fear, nerves and excitement from about 6:45 (when the first few ladies arrived) all the way till 7:30, when we opened the back gate and garage door to let everyone in.
The prep work for this crazy garage sale started... well, months ago... but really didn't get moving until Thursday night. We could have used another week to get ready, but 2 days was gonna have to do.
I sorted and organized 7 years worth of home decor into piles for easier transferring, my brother-in-law was nice enough to come help us load up the big U-Haul that we rented, Cason categorized and hung all of our excess vinyl decals...and the girls were mostly entertained by the iPad. (I swear our kids use that thing more than we do...ack!)
Whew! You'd think that the "hard stuff" was out of the way, but nope!... it was just beginning. Once we unloaded everything at my parents house, we quickly realized how MUCH stuff we had to still sort through, dust, organize and price! Thank goodness for my cute friend Mandy from Hoop La earrings, she totally saved the day!
I provided the energy... (aka: Diet Dr. Pepper), Mandy brought poster board and markers, and we worked our tails off all day long on Friday, getting everything ready.
Between only about 3 hours of restless sleep and being so nervous about everyone coming, I totally forgot to take more pictures of the entire set up in the garage, BEFORE it was all swiped up... (dang it!) but from the above picture of Mandy and I, you get the idea. ha!
After quickly slipping out to take a few snapshots of the crazy line, that started at the back of my parents house, and wrapped all the way around the side... I said a quick hello, explained how things were going to work, and let those awesome garage sale-ers through!!!
I guess we caused quite a riot, because I noticed later in this picture below, a curious neighbor peeking out behind some blinds to see what all the hustle and bustle was about. haha!
Once people swiped up their goods, Cason, my Mom and I checked everyone out as quickly as possible, gave lots of hugs (which sounds weird at a garage sale, but I promise it wasn't. ha!) and wished everyone the best of luck with the rest of their garage sale hunting that day. Everything went by SO fast, and by 10:45 we had virtually sold almost everything! A couple of pillows, some Christmas decorations and an old TV were pretty much the only things left, out of an entire garage AND yard full of stuff!
Seriously, you guys ROCKED our world! I was so incredibly touched by how many of you showed up and supported us, or just even stopped by to wish us luck that day and in the future, with our blog. We had readers come from Idaho, Colorado and even Washington!!!
Cute Miss Annette from Washington, and her adorable sister Trena!
I know I've said it before, but it's SO exciting to be able to step out from behind the computer and get to know our readers face to face. Honestly, this is what I love the MOST! It was actually the first time that Cason was able to see and hear, first hand (through your stories) the impact that our blog has had on some of our readers lives. He was amazed and I believe his exact words (after the last person had left, and we were strewn all over the couch out of complete exhaustion) were, "Wow... your day job is SO MUCH cooler than mine." hahaha! I'd have to say that I agree :)
We feel beyond lucky that so many of you were able and willing to invest your time and money into our garage sale this past Saturday, and also into our blog EACH DAY! No amount of hugs, thanks or "decor on the cheap" can express our love and appreciation to each and every one of you.
Thanks for being the freakin'-awesomest fellow bloggers and readers that a girl and guy could ever ask for!