You know the drill: You see it, you gotta have it, it’ll fit in your car (even if you need a crowbar to wedge it in), so you bring it home. Almost everything in my house came home that way, like an irresistible kitten in a pet store window or a tag sale find that screamed “TREASURE” so loud I nearly lost my balance.
It’s what we do: we haul. Well, we shop, then we haul; for us, for our homes, for our kids, for our families.
When my children were babies I decorated their rooms one piece at a time, scouring boutiques and decorator sample sales looking for just-right designs to create the perfect feeling in their rooms. So when my daughters began to complain that the ‘little girl’ dollhouse book cases and pink peony rugs had outlasted their usefulness—they were teens, after all—I had to admit, it was time to rethink their decor.
But I was so proud of the look I’d scoured the globe for; the perfect mix of cute and elegant, with a touch of whimsy. But they wanted nothing more to do with it.
Getting rid of these things was a challenge; they were too valuable to simply donate to Goodwill; I could try to consign them or sell them on eBay. Or, I could hold a tag sale.
The girls liked this idea, too; they could look around and find things to sell; they loved the idea of making posters and hanging them around town, and of selling strangers on the value of their old things. Looking around I realized that all our decor could use some updating, and soon our tag sale pile was not just a few things, but a lot of things. A whole lot.
Thus began the tale of two tag sales: One we did on our own—and with our neighbors—and one we held with the help of an organizing professional. Guess which one was more successful?
But the real value was what we learned: how to throw a tag sale like a pro. Angelica, the organizer we hired, had some great tips and tricks to pulling off a great tag sale, which I summed up in a recent article in the New York Post. Lucky you, I’ve shared it all here.
I hope that when your precious babies decide it’s time to rebel against your nurturing, caring decor, you, too, will use these tips to extract much of your original investment and pour it into something more modern and updated comforts. Like a home spa.