Not Enough Clutter

We were asked about yard sales this week. I afraid that I do not have a lot to say on the subject. My children and I have moved a lot over the years and because we have moved so much we have never really accumulated a lot of stuff. When something is no longer used in our house it gets taken to the thrift store. There’s no point letting it sit here to gather dust when someone else could get some use out of it. My kids go through their toys on a regular basis and take out what they haven’t played with and we take them to the thrift store the next time we drive by it. My kids have never put together a yard sale.

We haven’t shopped a yard sale since Jessica and Quinlan were in the double stroller. That’s been about 14  years. I used to enjoy loading the kids into the stroller and walking around town. We didn’t really buy much of anything and looking back I think the only reason we went was so I would have an excuse to be out walking.


When I was a kid we held one yard sale every summer. I remember helping to put masking tape with prices on everything and sitting under the huge tree by the garage helping to read the tags. Mom would allow us to put our initial on the tape so we could each make some spending money. It was fun to see items with an A on the price tag come to the table because I knew I would have more money coming to me. Between the yard sale and my summer lemonade stand I had money whenever the ice cream truck came by.  But by the time I reached middle school the yard sales stopped. My older siblings had real jobs and I started cleaning the church with my grandparents to earn spending money.

Did you help with yard sales as a kid?


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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6 Responses to Not Enough Clutter

  1. jeff7salter says:

    I’m impressed with the practical and disciplined approach you and your kids have to the possessions which tend to grow (in many homes) into mounds of clutter.
    I don’t recall any “garage” or “yard” sales in my own family when I was growing up, but that may be because we lived in a fairly isolated neighborhood and the number of vehicles going by daily could be counted on two hands.
    But I guess you’ll hear more about my later experiences tomorrow on Hound Day.

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    • At one point we had a closest where the shelves were lined with over 200 dvds. As we were getting ready to move I decided to condense that but since the kids and I watch them frequently ( we don’t have cable) I purchased 2 trapper size DVD carriers. We recycled the cases and now those 200+ movies can fit in a backpack.
      We are guilty of hoarding books. When we moved last summer over half our boxes were filled with books.

      I had some cousins who wanted a yard sale but they lived in the country. There mom had it placed in the classifieds under the garage sales listings. I don’t recall there being a good turnout.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    We didn’t have garage sales when I was young. I don’t remember seeing them around our neighborhood, either. Maybe it wasn’t the thing to do back then – at least not around my folks’ house. I think your practice of clearing things out on a regular basis is great. My parents were both of the mindset that you don’t get rid of something if you MIGHT need it someday – so stuff piles up!

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  3. We never had garage sales at all when I was a kid. I don’t remember any in our neighborhoods, either,but by the time I was a teen,t hey were pretty popular and my sister and I used to go to them. More on Friday with my experiences.

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