I’ve decided that real work, I mean hot, backbreaking, sweaty work, just isn’t for me! Sweat makes me feel disgusting. Picking up things that are heavy makes me feel achy. And excessive moving around leaves me feeling rather tired. Why would anyone purposefully do that to themselves?! I’d much rather (or as my BFF Lajuana once said “I’d ruch muther….” Because, here in the South, rather sounds usually sounds more like ruther) relax in a climate controlled environment, preferably while not over exerting myself. Anyone else feel the same way?!
In case you don’t know, we had a huge yard sale this weekend! Or, as I once saw on a giant sign, smack-dab in the middle of a very busy intersection, “Hugh yard sale!” If you live in, or near Springville Al. I don’t see how you could’ve missed it! It’s been said that my complaining could be heard ’round the county! 🙂 Y’all, having a yard sale is definitely not for the faint at heart! However, although it is very hard work, it has it’s perks as well. Not all that many, but there are perks. Here’s five things I’ve learned from having a yard sale.
1. Call it a yard sale, and people only want to pay $.25. Call it an estate sale, and people will pay $25.00! Next time around, our sign will read “HUGH Estate Sale!” 🙂
2. If you really want to keep a certain item, that’s been nonchalantly placed in your yard sale by a sneaky husband, price it more than $1.
3. People tell you really personal things. “My husband will be one happy man tonight!” Said the woman who just bought a handful of bunjee straps.
4. Seeing a person tear up over a free bible is worth all the sweat, and backbreaking work. And last but not least.
5. You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run. You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table because someone might see you and ask “Would you take $.10 for this?”
All in all it was a good weekend. I got to talk with some awesome people. There was a couple of times we dang near had church! All kidding aside, it’s really awesome, even if I do get disgustingly sweaty, to be able to sell things so cheap. They get a bargain, and we make money! However, I do wish there was an easier way, like maybe all of the sudden it would start raining $100 bills! Then I could just put out a sign that said “Hugh Yard Freebies!” Yeah, that’s the ticket!
Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. (If selling things you got from an auctioned off storage unit at a yard sale, let it be God’s yard sale) That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! 1 Peter 4:10-11c