Monday, November 9, 2015

Adoption Garage Sale: A Story of Blessings and Surprises

We have been so lucky and blessed to be encouraged to raise the money to adopt instead of going into debt.  We decided to start this process with a garage sale.

Really it started when Alana read two books. You Can Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption by Julie Gumm and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. Originally, Alana just wanted to get the house cleaned up and get rid of the clutter, but then the idea came to her of having a garage sale and the money could all go towards adoption. From there Matt sorted through his stuff as well and Alana advertised on Facebook that we would take donations. The response was overwhelming! 

Ready for our customers!

We had donations from so many people. Our friends Nina, Dimitiri, Jen and Steve donated clothes and toys their kids didn't need anymore. Church members Kelly and Shanin also donated tons of stuff. Our family support was also out of this world! Alana's cousins Shannon, Dave and Haley brought clothing and toys, while future grandparents (Matt's Mom and Dad) let us borrow tables as well as sent items to donate.  Alana's sister Daniele and her boyfriend Rino brought clothing and her Etsy crafts to sell.  Matt's siblings Jackie and John, and John's girlfriend Shannon, donated clothing and purses.
Alana's former student and mommy of two came to shop till she dropped!
Everyone stuck around to help out and keep us company.  We had a few rain drops several times but it was helpful at cooling off so we welcomed the rain, but boy did it get crowded in our garage when people still kept coming even with the bad weather.  We were so happy with the results.
Kids seriously love Matt!

We were so happy with the success of the first garage sale we had one more single day sale two weekends later and raised even more funds.  Everything else was then sold at the local resale shops or donated. When all was said and done we raised $2000 from the garage sale and some of that was just from people stopping by to donate and not buy anything. Many who came shared their own stories of adoption and gave both of us confidence that we could start our family.

We are well on our way to being able to fund our adoption without debt.  We are so incredibly thankful for all those who helped us start our adoption fund with our garage sale. Stay tuned for more updates on our adoption journey.

We were so beat, but the hard work was worth it!

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