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More Yard Sale Madness!


This is a good representation of my mental state. No, not really… actually I’m doing well. But this picture was too funny. My mother is a saint… and we accomplished a lot yesterday. Annie is coming today so I’m hoping for another very productive day.

Have I mentioned this is going to be a “MULTIFAMILY” yard sale? There are several partcipants. It’s going to be a slam up good sale. Justin has informed me that he’s trying to get some “live music” {Josh Maddox}. Josh has to take a practice MCAT on Saturday so I’m not really counting on him… but it would be fun. There will also be free coffee. 🙂


I’ve polled 3 participants… Erika, Dona, & Marla… ok, and I’ll answer too!

1) What do you think will be the first item {from your selection} to sell?

E: Fabric! I also have a pair of really cute stretched canvases (24×24) grapefruits & limes

D: a chest of drawers, but I wish it was the entertainment center
M: I can’t even remember what is in this pile now! I am guessing the stuff from the store like the Thomas Paul pillows and frames will go pretty quickly.
me: wicker chairs

2) What item will you be okay bringing back home with you?

E: My husband and my dogs.
D: clothes
M: I am not bringing anything home, am I?? If it was anything, I would bring all the starfish back since I know they will sell in the store this summer.
me: I hope to have nothing left! 🙂

3) How do you intend to spend the money you make?

E: A guest bedroom make-over in my house, it is definitely a worthy cause!!
D: buying sod for our yard
M: Hmmmmmm. I would love to say that I will be putting it toward a new rug for the living room, but truthfully, it will probably get spent on groceries and boring stuff like that.
me: new camera

4) If you only had 4 words to describe what it is that you are bringing what would they be?

E: Decoratorish Designerly Quality Value
D: cheap, well taken care of- oops that’s five
M: Atypical, quality, eclectic, and valuable
me: various and assorted accoutrements

5) Do you know how to make correct change by counting forwards?

E: No. No. No. I’ll be bringing my calculator too.
D: no, but Ryan’s good with that
M: Yes, I am sure I have that skill.
me: YES! But it’s been awhile.


I can’t even begin to tell you how hard I have laughed these last few days! I walked into the garage yesterday to see JM suspended in the air in a walker that hasn’t been cleaned in 5 years. I said, “Mom, do you see his feet? They don’t even touch the ground.” She said, “I figured it was better that way; his feet won’t get dirty.” I also whipped out the camera and surprised Mom with an impromptu video session… you must see… this one is even more entertaining than the first {sorry it’s small, I filmed on a low resolution so it would fit on YouTube} & it is a mouse trap that she has tucked in the stroller:

Now some more details…
— we will start at 7 am on Saturday {this Saturday}
— we will accept cash only {sorry folks… but there’s an ATM right up the street and we’ll gladly hold your item while you secure some cash}
— if you are coming to Dothan from the NORTH headed SOUTH on 231… you will see a neon green yard sale sign on 231 {pass the Target, Ross, Kohls shopping center}. Go through the light at Murphy Mill and the sign will be just after you pass Aaron’s on the RIGHT. Follow the signs… you can’t miss us. If you get to the Westgate Pkwy intersection you missed the first green sign… but that’s OK, turn R on Westgate Pkwy. You will see another NEON green sign at the second street on your R {Briarcliff}. Follow Briarcliff until it ends… we’ll be there. Hopefully you’ll see droves and droves of people throwing money at us.
— I can’t wait to meet some of you crazies… especially the ones coming from B’ham and Auburn… and Troy. We’ll have some chairs out there so we can have a little social hour too! And I’ll gladly give directions to my favorite antique mall if you’re up for more shopping!

A special thanks to:
Everlie for the WONDERFUL signs!
Mom for all her help and for the sore muscles, not from lifting but from laughing!
And a special thanks to those of you who plan to come! We simply cannot wait.

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  • Blair P. Dubak
    March 4, 2009 at 8:37 am

    this sounds like the BEST yardsale ever! I wish I lived closer. Good luck gals!

  • erika
    March 4, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Mom is hilarious. And don’t be selling clothes I gave you and pocketing the money.
    Can’t wait!!!

  • Ashley
    March 4, 2009 at 8:51 am

    i recogize that blue jean skirt/top! are you sure you want to let that go?? 🙂 Y’ALL ARE FUNNY! I really wish I could come!

  • Love Being a Nonny
    March 4, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Wish I lived closer. I would come for the fun….and the dresser!!

  • Emilie Smith
    March 4, 2009 at 9:09 am

    I really like the limes and grapefruits. Could I buy those now and pay to have them mailed to Atlanta? Can’t quite make the trip with a 5 week old : ) If I can, please let me know (emilieannesmith@hotmail.com). THANKS!

  • Teale
    March 4, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Dang… too bad I don’t live close to you! Y’all are hilarious. I’d be all over Erika’s fabrics… and the wicker chairs. I’m sure you’ll make lots of moolah!

  • Hillary @ The Dunham Diaries
    March 4, 2009 at 9:23 am

    I wish I could be there! Y’all are going to have so much fun!
    Your mom cracks me up. And Justin fell through the ceiling?? Jason fell through our ceiling the FIRST night we were in our FIRST house. Oh. Good times.
    And I love your multi-faceted marketing plans! You’re going to have a great turnout!! Fun times.

  • Kellie
    March 4, 2009 at 9:25 am

    OOOOOOOOHH!!!! You live very close to where I used to live – same neighborhood! I wish I still lived there (or at least my parents did) so I could come spend some cash! Good luck and have FUN!!!!!!

  • Ashley
    March 4, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Darby, this is hilarious! I mean, I would not be surprised if you have 500 people show up at your shindig! Oh my soul please take pictures! And, for the record, I am participating in a HUGE yard sale in Homewood this month. I cannot wait – proceeds go towards the BABY! AH! Good luck and keep us updated…how bout live blogging from the sale floor 🙂

  • Lauren
    March 4, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I’m moving soon and need things for my new apt. so I’m very interested in coming. What city will this be in?

  • Darby
    March 4, 2009 at 9:41 am


  • christy
    March 4, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Cute video!

    I so wish I could be there. I would buy the chairs in a skinny minute.

  • Household6
    March 4, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I stood and stared at those pics that Erika has at the Ballard Designs Outlet for probably 20 minutes before passing on them. They are so cute, but they wanted so much for them. Hope your sale goes well.


  • the brown's
    March 4, 2009 at 11:23 am

    wish i lived closer–i’d be there at 7am!!

    i have a HUGe pot of your southwest chix soup simmering on the stove. smells divine, and couldn’t be easier.

    good luck saturday! i’ll be pulling for big sales so you can get a rockin’ camera!!

  • Mandy
    March 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    GOOD LUCK..Can’t wait to see the fruits of your labor with precious pictures….HAVE FUN! Mandy

  • Lindsey
    March 4, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    hope it is VERY successful. since i can’t be there, maybe i’ll send over my dad and step-mom for a little business! (well, maybe just my step-mom–my dad probably wouldn’t buy anything!)

  • Anonymous
    March 4, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I am having trouble seeing the video. Can you post it again?

  • Susannah
    March 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog since Oct. through Becky. We’re gonna be in Dothan at my parent’s house on Sat. We’ll see you at 7a.m. although…I have to warn you, folks in Dothan will be camped outside your house at 5!!

  • Allyson
    March 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Hey! Is the kids flotation device a baby lifejacket? If so, I’m interested :).

  • The Stringers
    March 4, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    looks like fun! am i crazy enough to consider driving from MS???

    ps…my 7 month old has the same little singing caterpillar as JM!!! imy favorite is “oh-range, oh-range!”

  • paula
    March 4, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    So it has crossed my mind to drive down, it’s my sons big 2 so I won’t. I am curious on how many people do and how far they came! Maybe even a line before 7, hmmm. Hope you all sell it all and you can buy your camera:) Have fun!

  • Anonymous
    March 4, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    I have half a nerve to drive up from Tally for this but Will might just kill me if I show up with stuff when I need to be purging like you. Miss you so!
    Caroline F

  • lindsay
    March 4, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    so wish I could be there to buy the great “junk”. Sweet momma– her giggle box got turned over as my grandmother would say!

  • kdurec
    March 4, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Oh I wish I lived closer! I would love that cute little pink chair for my daughter! Have fun on Saturday!

  • No.35style
    March 4, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    oh how i wish i were close enough to come to this sale!! it looks like you and your mom are having the best time together and i know saturday will be fun!

  • Kate@ Kids and Cocktails
    March 5, 2009 at 8:11 am

    How far is Dothan from the ‘Ham? I need some fabric! We’re also having our own Multi-Family sale in Birmingham in a couple of weeks. SO MUCH STUFF. It’s taking over our basement and driving me crazy!

  • Erin
    March 5, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Connie cracks me up! Her and mom are so alike it’s scary;) Good luck at the garage sale!! I hope you make big bucks!! Say “hi” to Con and Brookie for me! And to all your children and Justin,too;) Love you!!

  • megan
    March 5, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Beware the early birds! 🙂
    I am sure you will have a crowd of people ready to go. If we weren’t traveling, I would have tried to make it. I can’t wait to hear of all your success!

  • Lauren
    March 5, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Dothan is too far away for me to make that trip! But I hope you’re able to sell it all and get your new camera!

  • The Harris Family
    March 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Oh how i wish Megan and I could be there but if you’ve checked my blog lately you’ll see that we finally are moving to Daphne AL and we are in the middle of trying to get rid of stuff now. If I’d had the forethought I’d of seen if I could be a part of this but who has the time. MUCH LUCK GIRLS!