Garage Sale stories



With my mom


Our garage sale last weekend was a huge success — Not only because we were able to sell our pre-loved things but also because I got to meet so many of you, my dear readers. Thank you for coming by to say Hi and talk a bit. It was my first time to have a public event inviting you all. And I must say, I love it. I can’t want to have another “event” with you all.

I had been preparing for a garage sale for months, and it was a blessing to find out that my friend had been planning a big one. So grateful that I got to join their group. It was a really good exercise in letting go. Cue “Let It Go“. There were some dresses, that I have to admit, were sold accidentally. I was like, “How did that get in to the bin?” But I let them all go. It was very good for my psyche.

Now a week has passed and my closet actually has some white space. The same can’t be said for my daughters’ though. That’s a different story. So, there are still a lot of things in our home… stuff we don’t really need.

I stumbled on Design Sponge’s 30 day Minimalist Challenge inspired by The Minimalists. And I am inspired to keep unloading my excess stuff. This one is easy. You can start today since it’s the first day of February. On the first day, you must get rid of one thing. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. They have a hashtag in instagram #minimalistchallenge.

Are you game? Should we do this Minimalist Challenge together? Let me know…

Meanwhile here are some highlights from last week’s Garage Sale @ Tangile.


It was so nice to be out all day… during the cold spell! The night before we opened, we were at the yard and it was 19°C .


The shoe section was a huge hit. About 12 friends consolidated their pre-loved shoes on a long table. Imagine the gazillion choices!


The morning of Day 1 there was a long line at the exit.


We were surrounded by happy smiles! So nice! Bargain basement prices!


At one point we had to control the crowd. We stopped counting at 450 that morning. I am so sorry if anyone was inconvenienced by the lineup outside. Though there were no complaints.


My booth. Fun!


The fashion booth. I had to stop myself from buying from my friends. Internal mantra: “The goal is to unload…”


My friends organized a really efficient way of paying. The line was long but it moved fast.


Ok, I have the sweetest mom. She helped some of the shoppers. Oh it was hard to let this dress go. I loved this so much. But my backless days are over. And it’s made me happy to see my loved clothing go to people who loved them too.


EDIT: Adding the next four photos. My kids “sold” their Rainbow Loom creations for P20 each. Sophia was the creator, Lily was the accountant and Stella was the talker. Haha.


Sophia’s little fundraising project.


The girl upped her service. She now takes custom orders for rainbow loom bracelets. Haha. 10 minute waiting time. Garage Sale at Tangile. #tangilegaragesale
On Day 2, Sophia added a custom service. Haha.


Our team!


My friend Eliza’s baskets were a big hit! Each one was a beauty. And sold for a song!


Thank you, everyone who came to say hi. It was really nice to meet you. Can’t wait ’til the next one!!



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