In wading through the aftermath of our garage sale yesterday, Patrick and I were re-counting some of the day’s highlights and lessons learned.
Throughout this entire process, we clearly saw God at work. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19
Our needs were entirely met. The weather was beautiful. We had awesome friends and family who came to help us all day. Our first volunteer (shout-out to Kevin Raye) arrived at 6 am. To be noted, Kevin was not only the first volunteer to arrive, but the last to leave. And of course, we had more donations than we could possibly sell – we ended up raising approximately $1500!!
Two important lessons we learned:
- This sign did not translate well cross-culturally. We had several confused shoppers wondering what happened to our child – perhaps he/she was kidnapped and we were raising ransom money?
- Patrick and I are quite possibly the most spineless negotiators you’ve ever met. Really. We eventually had to turn over all negotiations to our friends. If Patrick and I are ever selling anything again, just know that you can likely get a 90% discount by just asking. We were worthless.
On Sunday we rested. We all slept in, took naps, and watched movies. Our children, while they loved all of the “parties” last week and selling lemonade, are thrilled to have their parents back.
A few photos:
My sister was in charge of running the lemonade stand (and playing games with the children at the lemonade stand).