Note: What follows is an email we sent out to friends and family.
Dear friends and family,
Hello! We’re writing now for two reasons:
- To give everyone a brief update on the status of our adoption
- More importantly, we need just 15 minutes of your day to help us get $12,000 for the adoption. Seriously, no joke.
The garage sale was a HUGE success! We were able to raise enough money to cover our home study fees and our I-600a fees. Amazing! We had tons of support from friends and family, and strangers as well. Two people showed up, one Saturday and one Sunday, and said they’d seen the Craigslist ad and wanted to donate goods to the sale! Lots of people donated money and many told us to keep the change.
On top of being a great success, we had a lot of fun. We had a lemonade stand run by the hostess’s twin girls on Saturday and by my nieces Sunday. Super cute. My folks bought us all pizza (thanks!) and lots of friends and family stopped by.
In the end we were really tired and really happy. A completely good adventure.
Thanks again to all of you who helped, donated, stopped by, and/or sent us good vibes.
[flv:/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/garage_sale_flyby.flv 320 240]Here is a “flyby” video of everything we had for sale on Saturday morning. As you can see, it was a biggie. (Soundtrack by The Beastie Boys)
We tried to get everything priced tonight, we barely got everything unpacked before it got dark! Crazy! Saturday is the big day, I can’t wait to see if we get lots of customers, and hopefully they’ll buy stuff! Ok, it’s bed time. More after the sale!
Oh my! The size and scale of this garage sale is, shall we say “daunting?” Yesterday was delivery day to Sharon’s house. Sharon is Kate’s amazing coworker that offered up her family’s home to host the garage sale. She is in a much more garage-sale-friendly neighborhood than ours, which should make a big difference. So far, we’ve delivered over 9 full pick-up trucks of stuff. I’ll say that again: over 9 pick-up trucks full!
Tonight is pricing night. It may not be possible to get everything priced tonight because there is just so much stuff. Kate and I really can’t believe the turn out. Everyone chipped in with stuff for the sale, friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, everyone. Setup tomorrow will be a challenge. We’re crossing our fingers that everything will fit in the space we have to display it. We’ll be spilling out onto the sidewalk, that’s for sure. It was even discussed to split the inventory into two spots: one in the front of the house and one back by the garage. We’ll see.
To those who want to stop by, here’s the craigslist ad with all of the details, including a nice Google Map.
More on the garage sale as it develops
We are having a garage sale to help raise funds for the adoption. It was supposed to be a medium sized sale where we raised a few bucks. It has become a huge community effort with TONS of stuff and lots of people helping out. My friends at work and our families have been amazing and I can’t believe how much support we are getting. I am utterly overwhelmed. The big event is on Saturday. Should be crazy and fun.