Poor Sergio had to do so much work when he came back to visit. We made a huge dent in the amount of stuff we need to get done in the next three weeks. We leased an apartment in Abq, scheduled our utility start dates, accomplished an amount of paperwork on both of our professional licensures that could make your head spin, packed several boxes to the point of taping and labeling, bought additional boxes that we are currently filling up as we can stop using items, got the oil changed in the car, and perhaps most importantly, we had a garage sale!
I’ve only had three garage sales in my life and the results are always mixed. A lot of the things I thought I knew about garage sales from my past experiences proved untrue here. In the past, people were much likelier to buy my weird junk than my actual items of value. The first yard sale I was ever involved with was when I was ten years old and a woman bought a box of broken trophies. Why? What would you do with those?
However, here in Fairbanks we have three nearby military bases. This means there is a constant stream of people moving in and out. Garage sales are a huge part of the way people get settled while they wait on their stuff, and most people that leave Alaska tend to leave a lot behind. It’s a pristine model of supply and demand.
I did have to work hard to stay focused on my goal though. Remember, when you are having a moving sale, the goal is to rid yourself of stuff. It is NOT to make a profit! It is NOT to get out of your quality items the value that they are actually worth. It is just to watch your stuff walk conveniently away from your home. It’s hard to get into that frame of mind at first, but I settled in pretty fast. When someone asked me what I was charging for x, I would think of what I wanted to say, then I would go down a level of price. If I thought $15, I would say $10. In reality, if I had taken time online and waited, I could have gotten $25, but that’s not convenient, ya know?
Speaking of things I thought I knew about yard sales being wrong, our hottest item turned out to be the twin bed platform frame and mattress. The frame was not a surprise, but the mattress floored me. First of all, it squicks me out to buy a used mattress from strangers. Second of all, it was a thin Wal-Mart mattress. I didn’t know how to turn off the Facebook Marketplace comments and so had to delete my Facebook for two days to avoid the total onslaught of people wanting the bed. It was crazy.
The biggest inconvenience of the sale turned out to be that people did not bother reading the post that clearly stated a date and time and physical location. I’m not online selling! Stop messaging me! Just show up! Two and three hours after the sale was over (Craigslist and Facebook posts were deleted, and signs were down) people were still pulling up and seeing the closed garage and then KNOCKING ON OUR DOOR! Nope.
Except not nope because at first we just reopened the garage. We finally realized we could just say that we were sold out without seeming like we were being jerks.
Anyway, I am now a few decent donations to a thrift store away from being done with all of our excess items and $360 wealthier than I was on Friday night. I can live with that.
Later Saturday afternoon we went to Hoodoo Brewing to have a couple of beers outside on the patio with Sergio’s friends, and then we had wood fired pizza at East Ramp Pizza. It is located right off of the runway of our airport for the puddle-jumper sized airplanes. It was a great Fairbanks day and a much better send-off for Sergio than we managed the last time.
Rosalind slept until 10 am this morning which is unheard of for our little Early Bird, and I definitely feel her. It was a busy ten day visit.
T-minus 29 days until we are on our way!