Have you ever had a garage sale? I know we've talked about what we do w/children's outgrown clothes, but what do you do with other "junk" you no longer need? Do you like to go to garage sales?
No, I have never had a garage sale. We try to donate as much of our stuff as possible. There are so many people that need things more than we do, so I try to give to people where I can. Right now, we have a ton of things to donate, but have not had the time to get it over to Goodwill. I hope to do it soon.
I also do not really like to go to garage sales. I have bought a few things, but to drive around hitting garage sales to find things just is not my cup of tea.
We have had several but have come to realize its more hassle than it's worth. I hate everyone wanting stuff for free and the set up and tear down and the early morning start. So now we just load up my car and take it all to a new goodwill that opened up next to our house.
With sell larger items, like furniture on Craigslist. If we want to get rid of something fast and have no one to give or donate it to, we just put it on the curb with a free sign on it and it's generally gone that day. I feel better about that, since it's not ending up in a landfill somewhere by just tossing it in the trash.
I've never boughten anything from a garage sale either. I know people find some great things, but I feel like I'm just sifting through someone elses junk.
It's 1800 sq ft. It was built in the 70's so it's not very open. I really like our house and it's plenty of space, excpecially since it's just the 3 of us 95% of the time. But All of our friends have 3500+ houses, so ours feels itty bitty in comparison. I feel like I just have to be smart about scale of the furniture and not allow any unused items to just hang around or it gets cluttered really quickly.
We've only participated in two garage sales in our 9 years of marriage. One was probably 7 years ago and we combined our stuff with my sisters and a neighbor. The second one was just a couple of months ago. It was a benefit garage sale and we combined our stuff with a lot of family and some friends. Instead of garage sales, we usually sell big items on Craigslist and then donate smaller things to Goodwill.
I'm not big on going to garage sales. It really has more to do with the fact that I do not want to get up at the crack of dawn to sift through peoples things in the hopes that I might find something I can use. I'm lazy like that.
Never have had a garage sale. I will go to garage sales if there's a big organized one for a community, so that I can walk from house to house. I'm not big on driving every where to rummage through junk in hopes of finding one gem.
Big ticket items (like furniture) we sell - usually through word of mouth or though an online place that's like craigslist only for military. Everything else we give away to people we know who could use it or donate.
We're currently in a 700 sq ft apartment. Our last base house was the biggest house that we've ever been in and it had 1,400 sq ft. I hate useless junk hanging around and purge stuff every time we move.