Saturday, April 24, 2010

Yard Sales

I LOVE yard sales. I LOVE a good deal, a bargain and the search for a bargain but boy has that gotten me into trouble!
With the moving, comes the selling of our house(obviously) and with that comes the decluttering and cleaning of the house we have lived in for 5 years! I always thought I was good about decluttering and selling stuff every year at a yard sale. Until.....we decided to move and I was told we only get 1 truck and we will be moving ourselves! That put a whole different spin on the idea of decluttering and getting rid of the stuff that is not a necessity -aaarrrggghhh!!!
We had a yard sale this weekend - after I spent the past 2 weeks decluttering, shuffling things around and really taking stock of what we need and what we don't need but we have for some reason or another(couldn't possibly have anything to do with my addiction to thrift stores and yard sales)! We had a very good yard sale, got rid of alot of stuff and made some money but boy has God been working on me thru this process! I have been asking myself all day if having a 'good' yard sale is a good thing or a bad thing? Yes, it is a good thing to make money off of the stuff but why did we have that stuff to begin with?? Because of my sinful desires to get a good deal and letting my creativity control my actions! It has been so refreshing these past couple weeks to not have any desire to go into the thrift store or to be changing things up and creating more stuff to go on the walls or shelves or wherever I can put them! Don't get me wrong - I love being creative and I will never stop doing that stuff but I do need to learn to control it and not try to recreate everything I see that I like or try to redesign every piece of furniture that comes across my path! I have really enjoyed this whole cleaning out process and the simplifying of all that goes with it and I am really praying that God will help me to continue to feel this way and not let it take over our lives again!!
Here's to a successful yard sale!!!!


  1. Oh my goodness, I could have written this post, although we are not moving. I love yard sales, but the Lord has been convicting me lately too about all the 'stuff' we have! Last year, I bought so many things I wanted to re-purpose or make over just because all of the inspiration in blogland. I still have not touched those projects.

    I need to have a yard sale ASAP...all the "stuff" is driving me crazy. Oh, and I have not been to even 1 yard sale this year! My husband even noticed! If I do go, it will be with a different mind set now.

    Yay, for a simplier life style and less clutter!

  2. I can totally relate! We didn't have time for a yard it was Feb/winter. We ended up renting a storage unit. It drives me crazy knowing that we are paying $100 a month just to store "stuff".