1) Decide to have a garage sale.
2) Spend a week answering children: “Yes, you can sell that. Ten cents.” My daughter spent a lot of time pricing her items all by herself, including pretty much every coloring book she’s ever owned. She’s not much for coloring.
3) Spend every spare moment for a whole week sorting through cupboards and drawers. Face the storage room. Move all items to the front living room. Trip over boxes for a week.
4) Borrow tables. Set up items. Place ad on Craigslist. Make signs. Load Mother’s items into van and transport to my house.
5) Wake up early on Saturday morning. Price items. Set out signs. Sit in driveway for whole glorious summer Saturday morning.
8) Greet sporadic shoppers.
9) Box up remaining items.
10) Drive to thrift store. Unload back of van.
11) Spent $20 at Dairy Queen.
(The kids each made a few bucks. Zachary earned himself $20 or so. Grace ended up with five bucks–and handfuls of jewelry picked out from Grandma’s stash. My mother made $70. It was actually kind of fun, but that’s the last garage sale EVER.)