Saturday, August 18, 2012

Yard sale was a success!

The sale has come and gone and wow are we glad!!  Dozier and I are very thankful to our good friends the Hicks from CLC that helped us put it together and make it happen!  SO many of our friends and loved ones donated items and we are all so very thankful to each and every person that donated their items and time to helping us get to China!

The Wednesday before the sale, Dozier and I loaded up our things on the moving truck and unloaded at CLC by 9:30 that morning.  We left to go return the moving truck and finish a few things at our house and by the time we got back to CLC around 11:30, it may have been noon, there were so many boxes undone and set out on many tables.  The youth came over and helped sort and organize the items on the tables so when we walked back in seeing everything out for the first time, it took my breath away.  We were both in awe; I had tears in my eyes.  We just kept saying "wow, I cant believe this!"  There was so much stuff for our yard sale given by so many of our loved ones... I must have walked around for maybe 20 minutes, just up and down the aisles looking at everything.  Dozier said "it looks like a store in here!"

We undid box after box, opened bag after bag.... it took us all day and most of the night.  We finally finished around 1 am.  Well, we did not really finish but we just could not go any more.  So, we all left and Dozier and I slept on a pallet for the next days.  We were sooo tired, it was comfortable and we got such good sleep.  We were very thankful we kept a few blankets to sleep on while our whole life sat on tables at the   On Thursday, the day before the sale actually began, we sold about $200 from people just helping us, or from our friends that asked to come a day early.  Bless the L.RD.  What emotions we were going through those days as we packed up some of our items either to store or take with us, but the majority, maybe about 85% of what we owned, was put into the yard sale.

Here are some pictures after getting almost everything out, I think there are just a few boxes or bags left at this point.

This picture below:  we did not get out the clothes yet.  I can not believe we did not take a picture of the mountain of clothes that piled high on the tables that are empty on the right.  there were so man clothes that at the end of Friday we decided to make a make-shift clothes rack.  The black decorative walls in the back are portable; so Dozier and Adam shoved two through the openings.  Its plywood with with paper material for decoration.  We had both top and bottom poles full and the tables looked a tiny bit thinned out by Saturday.  

The traffic of people kept us all busy and on our toes.  We had such great time meeting so many different kinds of people and just talking with some!  We certainly met some diverse people in culture and behavior!  The whole week and the sale was a huge challenge but it finally ended!  A pile of about 10-15 boxes and maybe 10 bags, I think, were left.  The items were donated to the Love Lady center and their were about 10 windows left from about 35, that we donated to habitat for humanity.

What a joyful, exhausting, and faith filled experience this sale was.  We are very gad it took place and are even more glad it is over!!!  The final count of items sold, from stuff before the sale that we sold on our own, and from the yard sale itself was just under $2,900.   WOW we are overjoyed and so humbled at every one that contributed to making this happen!  We thank you all for your support and that went into making it possible!
We love you all <3
Dozier and Michaella Lee

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