Garage Sale

Willie Nelson is all smiles

Willie Nelson is all smiles

Everyone loves a good garage sale!!

I set up a little booth at my parent’s house at our annual neighborhood garage sale that attracts hundreds of people from all over during a 2-3 day period. I didn’t have much to sell – a few racks of old clothes and shoes – but all the profits I made are going to The Seattle Humane Society.

I had a lot of fun setting up the booth, making little tags for it, and talking with people about the SHS. I actually met a wonderful selfless human who is a rescue dog foster mom as well as a entrepreneur. She bakes healthy pet treats from her own kitchen and sells them online. Her company is called Stubs and Tails- check it out here!

Willie Nelson became a mascot for my little booth and everyone loved to give him lots of pets, love and attention. I made a sign for Nana too (although some of the kids didn’t know it was a joke…I let them pet her for free (: ).

I reached my personal fundraising goal and then some and found that there are a lot of generous and kind people in our community. It was a lot of fun conversing with people and it gave me hope that one day I can open a booth of my own selling secondhand items in the name of charities at flea markets. Hopefully one day soon!

It was a beautiful weekend so it made the work effortless and fun to sell secondhand clothes in order to raise money for the SHS. I didn’t raise a massive amount of money but the profits I did make came from people who genuinely want to help out the animals needing the shelter’s love and care. All in all it was a small and successful act that was fun to put on and will help make at least one life better at the Seattle Humane Society.

Thank you to all the kind people and loving animals out there!

 

 

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Little Free Library

In my neighborhood on a quiet street in front of a beautiful home, there is the Little Free Library. I discovered this lending library one evening on a walk by myself. It is a big red cabinet filled with borrowed books from neighbors and friends and strangers.

This entire project was actually born the day I came across the library almost a year ago. I instantly wanted to gather up my most-loved books, write little notes in them and share them here for anyone who discovered this semi-secret place.

Instead, I waited until I developed this project further and now I’m so excited to finally contribute a part of my story to the lending library. I’m in the midst of a spring cleaning which is the perfect time to put dust-collected books to good use. I am an eclectic person and enjoy things that don’t quite match or are piled up in a organized heap but I need to cleanse my space and let go of some worldly possessions I’ve been clinging to for too long.

I’m contributing 5 books today. A blank Moleskine notebook, The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, The Wing Shop by Elvira Woodruff, and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Each book has a note about why I love it and wanted to share it. I won’t go into details on what I wrote  but each book came from my personal “library” (heap of books shoved into an Ikea shelving unit) and has affected me in some stage of my life. I encourage you to dust off your old books, share some love within the pages and donate them to your own lending library.

I really wanted to share my most-treasured book, The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer.I happened upon it by accident at a time in my life when I didn’t quite know who I was yet (college…) But I still feel I need to hold onto it for a bit longer. However, I found solace in this seemingly random book I didn’t know I was looking for. Secondhand books hold a sort of magic in them and you never know when the book you donated will find it’s way to a person who might really need it.

Related Reading:

Little Free Library

The Untethered Soul Amazon Link

A Really Sad Reading on The Disappearance of Secondhand Book Stores

– Support Local Secondhand  and Independent Book Stores!

Twice Sold Tales – Capitol Hill 

Queen Anne Book Company – Queen Anne 

Pegasus Book Exchange – West Seattle 

Magus Books – University District 

Yelp List of Seattle Secondhand and Independent Book Stores