I had a garage sale today. The last one I had was about 9 years ago and that one was before I had kids.
Here's what I learned today:
Sitting on a chair in your garage for half of the day, sipping coffee and chatting with strangers can be quite relaxing when you are used to taking care of 4 kids.
Listening to the lady that is telling you every last detail about the car trouble she has had for the last 5 years might be exhausting but also might be worth it (she spent $50!)
Putting a few guy things (such as car accessories, tools or old army gear) up close to the road, really works. It draws the husbands in, and then the ladies walk around and buy stuff.
Neglecting to clean your kitchen the night before the sale is not a good idea. No matter how helpful your spouse is (and mine was really helpful with the kids and the sale) the mess will most likely still be there (and be doubled) after the sale.
Getting pizza for dinner after a garage sale is pure genius.
Complimenting a man on his truck is a great way to start a conversation. Have your husband talk to him about his truck, too, and he will hang around until his wife arrives from the garage sale down the road. This is a great way to make your husband happy, learn about the community, and ensure a sale.
Meeting a neighbor for the first time and then watching him try on a shirt that is quite a bit too small leaves quite an impression.
Letting your kids sell lemonade at a lemonade stand is really cute. Letting them have a video game Saturday is really smart.
Having a garage sale a few days before you leave on a big trip is perfect because when the sale is done you can move on to your next To-Do list instead of relaxing. Or... not so perfect... but at least I have some money for those last minute trip purchases.