While I love going to garage sales, I not a fan of HAVING a garage sale. Usually, if I have one, I will just give everything away for free. People love to come “shopping” in my garage, only to find out that everything is free. As I mentioned in my post about teaching boys to serve others, free garage sales are a great way to show Christ’s love! But, my little entrepeneurs got frustrated with me for always making everything free. They wanted to make money!
While I was contemplating our options, I checked the mail and found a Samaritan’s Purse gift catalog. If you are unfamiliar with Samaritan’s Purse, it is a non-profit organization founded by Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham. Samaritan’s Purse provides food, shelter, education, and healthcare to needy families all over the world. While we have always donated shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, we haven’t ever given a gift through the gift catalog. Because it is so close to Christmas, I haven’t ever been able to find that much extra money. Until this year. The boys wanted to sell things, but, we can use that money to bless others!
So, I pulled out the Samaritan’s Purse gift catalog and sat down with my boys. I pitched my new plan: sell our garage sale items, but we will use to money to buy presents for kids in third-world countries. They loved it! Honestly, I haven’t seen them so excited in quite awhile! It was so cute hearing their conversations as they tried to decide what to purchase.
“No….we can’t buy that. We need to give them the things they need….like food, not a soccer ball.”
“But, can you imagine not having ANY toys?”
“Yeah….maybe we should make enough to buy them food AND a soccer ball.”
While cleaning our house, we all kept asking ourselves, “Should I keep this or should a child get to eat?” It really helped put our unneccessay items in their place! The process helped my kids identify the difference between needs and wants, while understanding that it is fine to keep items that we truly love and/or use. It forced me to go through my overflowing closet with an open mind. If I haven’t worn that shirt in two years…..will I ever wear it again? Probably not!
Yet…..a few things did not get the boot, as I would have liked. Apparently, my youngest decided that he needed his Winnie-the-Pooh chair more than a child needed to learn to read. Well….it’s a process, my friend.
Truly, this event was a blessing in so many ways! It helped me get motivated to purge our excessive junk/treasures. (You should see my closet now!!) Because we sold everything in our sale for very cheap ($1 or 50 cents), the shoppers at our sale were blessed. Since we were able to make some money, we were able to purchase $153 of gifts out of the Samaritan’s Purse gift catalog!