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2009 March 9 » Philoxenos

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thoughts on our garage sale

9th March 2009

thoughts on our garage sale

We had a multi-family garage sale at our church on Saturday. As part of the Financial Peace University class that we’re leading, garage sales are recommended as ways to make some quick money to pay off small debts. Get it done quick, be encouraged and get working on the debt snowball. So, we had planned to have one early on in our class.

It was a great success for everyone, a beautiful day, and we got rid of some stuff. Not much of it was ours because we’ve only been here 18 months and we work really hard not to accumulate stuff. But my grandma had given us a treadmill that she couldn’t use anymore and we had a desk that my parents gave us when we first moved here and we didn’t need because we now have a built in desk in the school room. Plus, my great-uncle had given me about 200 hardback fiction books, excellent condition, about 9 months ago. I had been trading them on paperbackswap.com and had successfully traded about 50 of them but I still had a lot left and they take up a lot of space!! I sold about 20 of them and then a lady came along that sells used on Amazon, so she bought what was left (about 80 books) for $50. I was happy, she was happy, and I didn’t have to take them home.

Lessons learned: schedule garage sales the first weekend of the month because that’s when most people have just been paid. Don’t pay to advertise in the local paper - expensive and I don’t think it really paid off. Wear sunscreen because you will get sunburned.

Things to note: I had read about people selling thei cheap/free health and beauty items (remember how I get lots of stuff free or really cheap?) at garage sales and I wanted to try it. I had quite a stock of things like toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, soap. I had read about how to price it, so I gave it a try. And guess what? I sold out in the first hour. No one blinked an eye about buying that stuff at a garage sale. I priced the toothpaste at 75 cents and one guy bought three tubes. One lady bought all the soap (which I had been paid 25 cents a box to buy) for 50 cents a box, then bought all the deodorant I had left, as well as the toothbrushes. So now that I know that people will buy this stuff, I’m willing to make the effort to buy it when I can. I normally do anyway, but there are lots of deals that I pass up because I just can’t be bothered. But if I’m able to make $20 or more on just a bag full of things in less than an hour, it’s worth a little effort each week or month to get these things and save them for our next garage sale.

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9th March 2009

the abortion president

I heard on the news this morning (at the gym) that Obama is signing an executive order to release the hold on federal funds to support embryonic stell-cem research. One representative from NJ called him the abortion president, meaning that would be how he will be remembered. He is also supposed to lift the ruling allowing health care professionals to not do abortions for the reason of conscience.

Please pray for our leaders. That’s all I can think to say.

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