Our quickly thrown together garage sale was a great success! We still have a few things left to sell, but our house is pretty empty! Truly, I thought it was going to be a lot harder to let go of things that I cared about at some level, but it wasn’t! Thanks to a few friends coming to help, our long weekend was full of Starbucks cinnamon dolce coffee and selling most of what we have left! That being said, we still have a sectional couch, large 2 tray storage ottoman, crib with dresser and hutch, and an oak TV dresser to sell! I think it was just all so crazy busy and overwhelming to think about any individual item too long.
One amazing blessing was having friends lighten the load, support, and make everything SO much better. You know who you are, and I couldn’t say thank you enough and how greatly loved I felt by your being here! On Friday we also cleaned the inside of the house so it was ready for an unofficial showing on Sunday! You can imagine how crazy it gets inside when everything is moving outside for a sale! I hope that our last bundle of “stuff” brings joy and solves problems for others setting up their home! It was so much fun watching little kids get so excited about the things that their parents said they could have! The rest of our household items, including all kitchen, bedding, bathroom, and clothes, other than those above went to the Lydia House! Have your heard of it? Check it out here!
It was also really fun to talk with many people about our journey and plans! I had all kinds of responses from, “You’re crazy,” to “Wow, I’m not sure I could do that,” to “You’re doing WHAT,” to “I really love that idea,” to “We want to do that too!” I even met someone who is turning an old ambulance into a house! I did not meet anyone with 4 kids and a dog who is doing this though! Some people think we’re insane. I just tell them that this journey is not for everyone, but it is for us! 🙂 We are excited to move forward and hope to build our tiny house dream this summer!
– Reflections from Melody
This is the first time I’ve been involved in a garage sale in my entire adult life – unless of course you count making purchases from other peoples’ sales. I never realized how much work was involved in throwing one of these together! I also now have a new appreciation for those folks who are sitting in their garage waiting for someone to come buy their stuff! <–Note to those folks, run an ad in the Omaha World-Herald – we had multiple moments with over 30 people in our driveway!
For me, there was a fair amount of anxiety involved with selling my things. These were things I still enjoyed and still desired to own. I was selling the tools I searched for and saved for in hopes of one day building guitars out of my basement. There were a lot more than belongings on tables in our driveway – there were hopes and dreams. We were only selling the majority of the items out there because they aren’t going fit into our new lifestyle.
There was also a fair amount of relief. When we moved into our current home, we had very little help available. I ended up doing almost 100% of the move with just one helper – Melody was even out of pocket as she was on bed rest during the pregnancy with Trinity. Getting rid of all that “stuff” means I will never have to relive that move again!
I also appreciated the folks who were excited to get the deal we wrote down on the items we sold. Those folks were the ones I enjoyed sharing our story and journey with. Those folks stood in stark contrast to the garage sale “vultures” circling in to feast on what they obviously thought was our junk. These were the one who started lowballing our precious belongings with little care that some items were actually a little painful to sell. At least I was only offended by one of them.
I am so grateful to all of the amazing friends that helped us with the kids, with the sale, with tables, with company, with cleaning our house for an unofficial showing, and so much more – you guys made our sale successful in ways I had never anticipated. I’m also thankful for all of you that came by just to chat and learn more about our adventure. It was sure fun to visit with you!
Overall, seeing our belongings out in our driveway brought a rush of different emotions. Seeing them disappear from our driveway brought another, different kind of rush. I’m glad it is over. Our house is close to empty. I feel so much better prepared for what is to come.
– Reflections from Darren
Melody is a full time mother, CEO of the Mike household, NASM certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Beach Body Coach, Norwex Representative, Singer/Songwriter, Organizer, Jesus Lover, Wife, and well, you get the idea, a woman of many hats. Adventurous and creative, she loves spending time outdoors and encouraging others to be Lean, Clean, & Green.
In addition to working a full-time job as a project manager, Darren is a researcher, an experimenter, a builder, a general jack of all trades. He loves his wife and his children immensely and could not be more excited for this adventure for SO MANY reasons, but chiefly how it will bring our family closer together.