I mentioned in a post not long ago that I was going to start having some “yard sales” at the shelter where my daughters work. In that town this past weekend there was a Fall event known as The Encampment. A park in that town is the site of a long ago Fort. The Encampment is a two-day event at that Fort which includes battle re-enactments, true-to-the-time-period camps, a selection of foods from the time period and made the way they would have been then, and tent after tent of handmade jewelry, clothing, soap, toys, etc. – all true to the time. This event brings thousands and thousands of people to the area. And the little town that hosts this event has become known for its yard sales over this weekend. So, since I’m doing yard sales for the shelter anyway . . . I decided to have an extra-large, two-day sale to try to take advantage of all the folks who would be yard sale hunting.
I can’t remember working this hard for this many days in a row for a very long time. The preparation went on for all of last week. We borrowed tables and ended up with over twenty. The set-up and break-down alone took two hours each, on both Friday and Saturday. Listen, Friends. I discovered this past weekend just how old I truly am. Friday – dragging tables (heavy tables) out and setting them up, lugging boxes all over the place, setting each and every item out on a table, loading it all back into boxes and then into storage, folding up the very heavy tables and storing them. Saturday – repeat.
The sad part was that the shelter is on the other end of town from The Encampment. I was told that the yard sales on the end of town near the park were loaded with folks. We had a lot of shoppers, but not nearly enough to make it worth all of that extra work! Made a few hundred dollars for the shelter, much less than that for Winnie’s Wish and Wild Angels. However, these are dollars that none of the three organizations had before. I am happy about that. I may never fully recover physically (weak smile), but now that the big event is over I'll be going back to my one-day, five-or-six-table yard sale next weekend. You know how you hear that age is just a number and you're as young as you feel? I adhere to those sayings. But my body tried really hard this past week to convince me otherwise.
I plan to continue to do these yard sales through the rest of the Fall and into the holidays. It’s really difficult to balance all the animal work here (in my world) with being at the shelter – organizing, pricing, setting up, and selling. Sure wish these yard sales could be right here at my place. But living way out in the country doesn't lend itself to having yard sales. However, there are wonderful things happening for Winnie’s Wish that do NOT require me to be away from all of the animals here. Sometimes, gifts arrive that require nothing on my part at all – just open the box and feel that rush of excitement and gratitude.
Lori – THANK YOU.
Maria - THANK YOU.
And here’s another way Winnie’s Wish receives help without me ever having to leave home.
Even if you don’t bid on any of the items, you simply MUST go and see Andrea’s cats (all Winnie’s Wishers) modeling hats! Click here.
Have a great Monday. See you tomorrow.