Thanks, Jen, for hosting!
Before I get all philosophical about garage sales, I just want to remind you all that registration for the second annual Run for the Little Flowers has opened. So, register and spread the word. And, I am having an online fundraiser for our adoption and to offset some of the costs I will incur from managing the run, so please check it out here and consider buying something for a great cause.
1. 2nd yard sale this weekend!
This has been an amazing process and I am learning A LOT. Here are just some of the things I have learned.
2. The goodness and generosity of others.
It has not been about the items, or the money raised for the adoption. Those are the ends of this process, but what I am enjoying so much is being touched by the goodness of others.
Last week, I had a STRANGER (a friend of a friend) bring a truck of furniture to our house and then hand me $100 for "the cause", as he called it. He left my house, and I teared up. This man did not know me, our family. Yet, he took time out of his schedule to do something kind for us. He gave us his hard-earned money, so that we could add to our family and give an orphan an home.
But he is not the only one . . . I had another family spend HOURS bringing furniture to our house for us to sell. I have had other friends, slip me extra money and donate furniture that has been in their family for years. While, so many of them say, "It is nothing." or "We needed to get rid of it anyway.", they dismiss the GOOD they are doing. I am so grateful.
3. I love old furniture
This furniture has stood the test of time and still continues to serve. Things are just not built that way anymore. While I love modern furniture, I wonder how many people will still have their Ikea dressers 50 years from now. No, give me the good old furniture that was built in the good old days!
4. I could fund our entire adoption selling other people's stuff
So, if you are looking for a good side business, I have a great one!
5. Raising money takes WORK
6. We are such a consumeristic society
(Did I just make up that word??)As if I did not already know that, but when your house is full of other's items, and your own that you are preparing to sell, items that are excess, things not wanted, not needed, you come face to face with that reality. I have been hit, hard, with the fact that we live in such a society of excess. We spend so much money on things that we simply do not need . . . some we never even use. It has made me reevaluate what is important and truly where our money goes. Do I really need that nice new living room furniture that I so desperately want, or do I give it up and keep our old hand me downs so we can spend that money on something far more lasting and worthwhile? For me, the answer has become so clear . . .
7. To help give hope and a future
Happy weekend everyone!