Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Preparing for my first ever Flea Market!

I feel like I have just wasted two days of my life.

What a pile of junk!
I am preparing for my first-ever flea market.

  The little Bible Church up here in the Mountains has one every year and I signed up and sent them the $25 fee a long time ago.  During the spring months I took a alot of stuff to Goodwill, and then began putting things into boxes for a "someday" flea market.  Now is the someday.

 Monday I took it all out,  and cut up some old particle board to make "box cover tables"

My main impression was "What a pile of junk!"

Yesterday I did a lot of personal business that needed my attention, and went to the dentist.

 Today I spent all day pricing, organizing, packing and loading it all into my van.  Friday I will take it over to the church and partially set up.  We have had heavy fog overnight lately, so I'm prepared to throw a couple of tarps over it all.  They are having someone sleep with the junk on Friday night.

I get two parking spaces, and I could park my van there and sell in the other, but I have decided to park my van about a half mile away at the school, walk over Saturday morning and use both spaces for stuff.

I have never done this before.  Hundreds of art fairs, yes.  But a flea market with my stuff, never.

One thing I have promised myself is that none of this stuff is coming back into the garage.  What ever I don't sell is going to Goodwill on Monday!

Craig says he is going to come and buy it all  back!  I think he was just teasing.

Daily countdown:
461 days, or 1 year, 3 months, 3 days to go.

Exercise Goal:
 miles on the treadmill,  (I'm going to go walk now and will add it tomorrow)
Total walked = 183 miles
Someday I will be hiking 1000 miles in National Parks!


  1. Good luck with your flea market! We had a garage sale, and let me tell you, having people pick over our junky stuff was tough. We had lots of people look, and walk on by. It was kind of embarrassing. I know some people make decent money selling their stuff at garage sales and flea markets, but after half a day, we barely made enough to cover the BBQ we went out to eat afterwards :)

  2. Good luck with your flea market. It will be a success if you make a few bucks and someone takes it all away!

  3. You'll be successful. It's amazing how much money you'll make a nickel here and a nickel there. They will offer ridiculous prices for things that you feel are worth a lot more. Don't take your eyes off the prize - getting rid of your stuff!

  4. We had two garage sales when we were getting ready to full-time. I never worked so hard in my life for so little money. The good news is we did make some money and got rid of a bunch of junk. I'm like you what you don't sell take to Goodwill or the dump. We also sat a few things at the end of the driveway with a sign that said "free." Those items went fast!!

    Good luck!! It's just one more step.

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  5. I'm interested to hear how it turns out. Sounds like a bunch of work... Hope you make some cash. Best part is stuff will go bye bye!! One step closer

  6. Good Luck with the sale! As others have said, it's hard getting rid of stuff for pennies on the dollar. However, something is better than nothing; and don't forget to keep track of what you donate for a tax write-off.

    The main thing I learned from selling our stuff was we never should have bought all that "stuff" to begin with :)

  7. I sure hope Craig was teasing. Once the stuff leaves your house, don't let it back in! :)

  8. It is a lot of work, but it feels very liberating when you are driving home with an empty van and maybe a little money to boot. We did this recently too. Went together with a few friends and family and while our take was only about $300, we were only there for one morning and got rid of everything! The total take for the day was over $2K. Hopefully your sale goes very well also! Even without making money, it is still progress toward the goal!

    -Mike & Heidi
    97 Roadtrek 170P "Taj Ma Trek"


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