Well it was weekend two of the big garage sale and we held it at our house – our first time to do a garage sale in this neighborhood.
We set up around 6 on Friday morning and then set hubby out to put up signs in the neighborhood. We had pretty nice looking signs on stakes for the ground. Plus my dad had loaned us a few metal a-frame signs. We do it high class around here, I tell you.
Well about 9:30 one of our shoppers tells us that he saw the town police taking down our garage sale signs. I was afraid he’d get my dad’s good signs so I sent Mark out to figure out what was up. Well he found the cop (or the cop found him, not sure) and come to find out that our town does not allow ANY garage sale signage except for on your own personal property (like that does any good if you don’t live ON the main road). The cop told Mark, after he asked, where he had pitched his signs so he went dumpster diving and managed to retrieve them.
I called our town city hall to get some clarification and was told that we could not have them on town “right of ways” (meaning all the main roads) but that if our HOA allowed it we could do them in our subdivision. Friday night a few of our signs still remained inside the neighborhood so we assumed she was correct.
So Saturday morning we put a few more up in the neighborhood but were careful to avoid the main road. Luckily some other people didn’t know about the rule either and put up signs which helped us for a bit until Mr. Macho Cop decided to make his rounds again.
So what did our creative husbands do? Mark and Gary decided to put themselves to good use and the stood out on the main road holding and waving our garage sale signs 🙂 They were probably out there a good 30 minutes.
But low and behold the police car pulls up to our very busy garage sale about 10:00 a.m. and tells us we can’t have any signs except for on our corner and that the people at city hall don’t know what they’re talking about and “he’ll set them straight”. So they guys left their posts to pull the rest of the signs (lest we get ticketed).
We had a trickle of people after that but started packing up stuff around noon. It’s all going to a friend’s house. We are garage sale’d out!!!!!
So for the two weekends (total of 4 days). The GRAND TOTAL IS…….
Woo Hoo and Praise God!
Jen’s house was definitely the best of our locations – we made $3800 that weekend, $1400 this weekend. We did have most of our big ticket item sales at her house but is still amazing how much you make a few bucks at a time.