It ran an hour over due to a handful of late comers, but the yard sale was, we think, a small success. Josh works weekends, so Tarah managed the sale with extensive set-up and breakdown help from her dad and Tammy, her parent's neighbor and a good friend of the family. Our site gained exposure, we got to meet some nice people, we were given donations from our wish list (woohoo!) and we walked away with over $80 for Lawrence (our new "wedding piggy bank"; a.k.a. "the pig")! Her favorite part was talking to people who not only found out about the sale from one of our online ads (Craigslist.org, Gsalr.com and Good Day Sacramento's online garage sale listings), but also followed the link to our website. Each person was enthusiastic about our special game plan and gave us kudos for the wish list idea.

Because we gave short notice to family and friends, hardly mentioned the sale at work and have more than half of the items remaining, my parents suggested that we keep everything in their storage shed and try another sale in one month. It was also suggested by a few friends that we try having the sale on Sunday only, or throughout the weekend. Although we haven't decided what day, or days, we're going to hold the next sale, we already have some ideas on how to make it bigger, better and more noticeable. No-brainers such as posting online ads starting 2 weeks out, putting up street signs 5-7 days prior and notifying friends/family/co-workers 2 weeks out. However, we've also considered adding a small bake sale (with coffee/hot chocolate in the morning) and including some kind of grabbing image on the posters (our photo, hearts, wedding bells or the like).

So, maybe $80 isn't much of a reason to celebrate for some people, but for us, this was definitely a success. The pig is growing fat.
 


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    Tarah works for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services and has been living in Sacramento for nearly all of her earthly years. She lead a mostly uneventful life, though she always had a love of written, visual and performance art, holds an interest in politics and still can't resist animals.  Josh is a former punk rock musician who is back in college, volunteers with the Sacramento SPCA and blogs about the video gaming industry at 1Up.Com(Electronic Gaming Monthly). He was born in California and traveled around, mostly growing up in  Reno, NV and Southern Oregon.  With his band, he toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe. After the disolvement of his band and a couple years of contemplation, the groom moved from Portland, OR, down to sunny Sacramento.  A month later, the bride found his platonic ad on Craigslist. He was looking for locals who could show him around town, and Tarah knew just the right places to go. The two started a wonderful friendship that blossomed into the unbreakable relationship they enjoy today.  They share strong values for equality amongst people, humane treatment for animals, using diplomacy before voilence, and respectful care of the environment through personal responsibilty and accountability.

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