Our First Garage Give
We did our first Garage Give on October 24, 2009. Here is a
brief summary of our experience and some pictures of the
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We spend several weeks ahead of our scheduled Garage Give
going through all our stuff. I got the whole family involved.
We went through all our stuff, bit by bit- tackling a room or a
closet at a time and assembling all the stuff for the Garage
Give in a spare bedroom and in the garage. Our decision
criteria was that if something no longer served a meaningful
purpose to us now, it was to be given away- regardless of how
much it may have cost originally or how attached we were to the
memory of acquiring it in the first place. This was a very
useful process to go through by itself. See 9 Ways a Garage Give Can Help
You Grow Personally for more detail on this and other
ways doing a Garage Give can really make a difference in your
The Day of the Garage
The day of the Garage Give I got up at 5 AM and started
setting up- hauling everything we had collected out on our
driveway and organizing it as best I could. There was
furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, toys, stuffed
animals, clothes of all sizes, tons of shoes, lots of books,
and lots of other misc. stuff.
I was expecting people to start showing up at 7 AM- but they
started showing up at 6 AM. I threw my "Everything Free" sign
out front and then just watched what happened with curiosity. I
wasn't sure if people would believe it, or if when they
understood that everything was really free that they would
horde stuff. I didn't know what to expect, I just knew it was
going to be fun.
People's reactions were of genuine surprise. Some just
couldn't believe it- asking over and over- "Really?
Everything?". Some of my favorite reactions were from some of
the kids who were just so excited that they could have a toy or
stuffed animal for free. Nobody hoarded stuff- they only took
things they wanted and needed and there was no fighting over
who got what first.
There was a fairly steady stream of people through about 10
AM and by then, pretty much all our stuff was gone. We started
out with what literally filled our garage and by 10 AM we were
left with so few items that they all fit inside one small book
Because this was a neighborhood garage sale- there were
probably 50 other garage sales happening in an area of about 1
square mile. I heard from others that they didn't sell that
much stuff and ended up with most of there stuff at the end of
the day that they started with.
Here are some pictures of our first Garage Give.
My 9 year old son infront of our homemade "Everything Free"
A line up of cars.
Visitors to our Garage Give putting a large artificial
potted tree in their truck. I remember paying about $200
for that tree when we first bought it about 5 years ago.
People sorting through stuff to take what they wanted for
Two young children choose their favorite stuffed
Everything not taken at the end we fit in one small book