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GTR Episode #103: A Girl’s Guide to Garage Sales

Posted by goodthingsradio in faith, Fr. Nathan Cromly, Garage Sales

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Happy Independence Day! In this episode: Fr. Nathan Cromly, CSJ shares an inspiring reminder about the responsibility of freedom. Garage Sale Guru Katherine Szerdy joins us to share the secrets of her garage sale success. You don't want to miss her story about the Taiwanese Square Dancers! New book recommendations, a happy update about Kisses from Karolina, and much more!

Some of Katherine's tips include:

Hosting a Garage Sale

  • Start planning weeks, if not months in advance. Designate a place in your basement or garage to start collecting items and organize as you go.  Also another good tip---Price as you go! 
  • Read Marie Kondo’s Book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, for inspiration on eliminating excess. 
  • Advertise in your local paper—ask any participating neighbors to kick in a little for the ad. The ad costs me $25 or so and is worth every penny!
  • Some towns require a sign permit. They’re usually free.  Also, don’t put signs in neighbor’s yards without asking permission!
  • Be sure to have a plan for parking. If you live on a busy street, you may want to designate parking in your front yard or around the corner.    
  • Create a sign with big bold colorful letters and anchor it well. Use balloons to attract attention.  Don’t waste a lot of money on signs—more important to advertise well.  Customers have GPS! 
  • Have plenty of tables! Customers don’t like groveling on the ground for stuff.  Ask neighbors or even your church if you can borrow tables or create tables using sawhorses and a door or planks of wood.  People don’t like buying stuff off the ground—it’s dirty!
  • Be extremely organized! Organization yields high $$$$$! 
  • Mark or hide things in the garage which are not for sale. My husband hangs a sheet in front of his tools.
  • Have plenty of price stickers and clearly mark EVERYTHING! Customers feel uncomfortable having to ask!  It’s OK to have some things grouped together with one sign---such as paperbacks 50c and hardbound books $1.  Also make certain clothing sizes are clearly marked. .
  • The best days to host a sale are Friday and Saturday. I have a garage sale about every three years and always have my sales all day Friday from 8-4 and Saturday from 8-1.  If a sale runs from Thursday to Saturday, don’t expect to see many customers on Saturday other than those seeking donations.
  • I always open my doors ½ hour early when I have sales—I advertise 8 AM, but open my doors at 7:30. That’s kind of an expectation with veteran garage salers….If you don’t, you will lose sales.

by Katherine Szerdy

 

 Thank you, Katherine. Look for more tips in our next newsletter!

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Good Things Radio Episode #064: Celebrating Wrinkles and Silencing Profanity

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In this episode, Fr. Nathan Cromly is back with a "Padre in Your Pocket"  about profanity. Brooke also talks about wrinkles and embracing aging. Special feast days in the month of July, and more! 

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GTR #041 Faith, Gun Ownership, and the Morality of Self Defense

In this episode, Brooke welcomes guest George Singarella, founder of Lanista-International,  to discuss the morality of self-defense. Fr. Nathan Cromly also adds a faith perspective on the 2nd Amendment and the importance of prudence. Also, GTR listener Ruthie shares her thoughts on how to creatively deal with kids listening to inappropriate music. An update on the "Arise" Good Things Radio retreat, and more! 

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GTR #039 Padre in Your Pocket: Forming Holy Habits with Fr. Nathan Cromly

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GTR #037 A Good Friday Christmas

Posted by goodthingsradio in prayer, faith, Loss, Advent, Church, Christmas, Grief, Pain, Hope

GTR #037 A Good Friday Christmas 

In this episode, Brooke talks about Christmas falling on a Friday this year and the connection to Good Friday and the joy of Resurrection Sunday. A special message for those experiencing a painful Christmas. Listener feedback, and much more!


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GTR #036 A Cloistered Home

GTR #036 A Cloistered Home

In this episode, Brooke talks about going on a Christmas family retreat and the process of making a "family resolution." Also the idea of creating a cloistered home and little ways to bring more peace into a hectic household. A movie review of the film "Ragamuffin" about the life of Rich Mullins, a clip of the preaching of Brendan Manning, and much more! 


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GTR #028 A Call to Order

Posted by goodthingsradio in Women, priorities, prayer, faith, motherhood, retreat

In this episode, Brooke talks about setting priorities putting things back in order. Brooke's mom also suggests a new way of greeting friends by using a technique she learned in the convent. An update on the "Arise" retreat, and much more!

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