I remember the first time I had heard about the Settlement Home for Children’s annual garage and estate sale. I didn’t know much about it but the fact that it was being held in the Palmer Events Center meant it was huge. I’ve always loved garage sales, they hold a sentimental value to me. My grandmother would take me most Saturday mornings to find treasures. She’d give me $5 or so to spend and I always made the most of it. I don’t really do that anymore but I have taken my daughter to one randomly in the past couple of years. She loved it as she ended up with several princess costumes to play dress up with. While I rarely have time (or cash) to do this regularly, there’s one garage sale in town I refuse to miss.
The first time I found myself at the Settlement Home for Children’s garage sale I was shocked. I arrived around an hour early because I was helping work the event. I saw huge lines of people waiting to get in. The moment I discovered this, I realized this was bigger than I had ever imagined. I had always wanted to go to a large scale sale like this but had never had the chance. As the doors opened, people speed walked inside to various departments of their choice. I just stood to take it all in. There was a purse section, a jewelry section, antiques, electronics, the list goes on. I decided to check out the shoes first and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Designer brands like Stuart Weitzman were only $15! I went crazy! I bought shoes, books, children’s clothes and so much more. I left with bags full and barely spent anything for it. After that day, I knew I would be coming back every year.
This year I am pregnant with our first little baby boy. We have an older daughter that is 3-years-old which means everything in our house is currently pink! I plan to use this year to my advantage. I’ll be getting baby clothes, burp cloths and more for so much less. I can’t wait.
The fun starts this Thursday, November 2nd with their preview party. That basically means first dibs and yummy dinner to help you recover from all the shopping.
Thurs., Nov. 2: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Preview Party – ($75 tickets, please purchase in advance.)
Fri., November 3: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – $10 admission (available at the door, pre-purchased tickets available for $8 at Austin-area Randalls stores beginning Oct. 12)
Sat., November 4: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Free admission
Sun., November 5: 10 a.m. – 2p.m. – Free admission; 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Box Sale (boxes cost $5 and $10)