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?