On occasional Fridays I attend a “swap meet” of sorts at a local church. There’s a real cool local online network for selling and buying items, and it’s unlike craiglist in that you have to be accepted into the private group and it’s for women only. Really removes a lot of the uncertainty and sketchiness of craiglist. Plus, I’m a huge fan of scoring items we want or need at a fraction of the cost.
Since having children Saturday morning garage sales no longer make the cut, so when I found VarageSale I got that chance again. Garage sales straight from my living room couch. Rain or Shine. Morning or Night. Pajama pants or normal day wear. I’m sure you are catching my drift, it’s been a helpful find and resourceful tool. Making money off items that we no longer need is a win-win in this house.
There are different ways to buy and sell items. They have multiple group meets, such as the friday one I attend, or you can do private meets or porch pickups. I’ve scored a lot of great deals and actually sold enough stuff to go on a 4 day trip to Houston and pay for everything in cash, our hotel bill included. As a stay at home mom it’s helpful to find ways to make a little extra money here and there. It has a funny way of making me feel like I’m contributing, and not spending our day to day finances. Getting the girls & myself brand new or lightly used clothing for garage sale prices, or selling our own to cover all the costs is a great way to balance out my “salary”.
Over the past several months of attending the Friday meets I have finally found the easiest way to find and exchange/purchase items. The church has a fenced in playground, so of course the girls LOVE to come with me and meet friends there. If I’m lucky my friend Sara, sister Miriah or my mom will also be there so we can take turns making our meets while the others chat and the kiddos play. It’s a pre-arranged playdate where we can make a little money and/or leave with our newly acquired goods. Plus, it means mommy chat time, which is always appreciated.
Here are some pictures from our most recent meet up. Kids in their happy place.
Little Miss Evangeline
Mom in the Playhouse
Elanor has discovered she likes slides!
Online garage sales, you guys. It’s like ebay, but local, cheaper and if the clothes don’t fit I can resell them and instead of paying for and shipping them in manila envelopes I get to use up all my unused plastic target bags.
It takes a lot to impress me, internet, and virtual garage sales just won you a gold star.