Friday, June 10, 2011
On... Blogging in the Rain
Might even be that you could find the top at one of my neighbor's garage sale...maybe I left it at the last potluck...there is the umbrella that needs a handyman and a milder climate so it won't spend half of its life falling over and hitting the fence or the window - it just needs love. How about the pet igloo which has not been used until today by my Scottie Dog - practically brand new. The free-standing basketball hoop is perfect if you are 5'2" tall or shorter, and if you are handy and taller, you could fix the height adjuster. Antiques?....got em! Will even include the wood glue and the new hardware.
Two more visitors came around 10:00. One actually bought something - a computer desk that had a tag of $15 on it, and of course, yes...it ended up going for $7 - it was a one of kind, too...no other desk had been marked up and dented exactly like this one. Another lady took my phone number to give to her friend who needed a dining table. Someone came by later, but I realized it was just the people picking up the computer desk so I don't think that counts.
Three hours to go, I wish I could add "I quilted" to my list...but, it is really cold and I don't want to quilt with gloves on....plus, my garage is not a real quilt friendly environment (unlike every other room in the house, including the front porch). Starting that blog that I've been meaning to do just might work!
As I sit shivering and watching the rain drop like bullets into the soft ground below, I begin to think about the merchandising of the garage sale. I've got nice stuff and good prices, but without customers no amount of clever merchandising is going to sell....you just can't sell to nobody. So, I need customers. I can't put the items in the driveway to attract because it is way too rainy out there, so maybe some plastic kids toys in the driveway...they would withstand the rain, and maybe bring in the younger crowd. I could go buy some up at some of the other garage sales, and mark them "not for sale"....or, more honestly, "bait". Or, better yet, maybe I could keystone my cost and actually make some money at this garage sale thing. But I am more for just getting this over....toooo cold for April!!!! .... then it hits me.
New sign wrapped in plastic: Hot fresh-baked banana bread!
Smiles, and a warm sunny day to you!
Here is the recipe from my mom....just in case you need a banana bread lift in your day!
Cream 1/2 cup of margarine (or butter) and 1 cup sugar.
Add 2 eggs, 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 3 ripe mashed bananas.
Bake at 350 degrees for 55 min. (large loaf pan)
I have found that muffins or a smaller pan, like an "8 x 8" takes about 25 min.
Tip: Muffins are easier to disperse at a garage sale! Enjoy!