I'm always taking my chances on the weather. I got away with it at my wedding. I've gotten away with it many times.
Today--I didn't. I know the forecast said "strong thunderstorms," but it looked like they weren't really going to move into the area until late afternoon, after prime yard sale time.
We woke up to rain. All the better. It would clear the air and be fine for the sale.
The downpour slowed to a drizzle and stopped just in time to start setting out the stuff. We hauled furniture and boxes and bags. Things still looked iffy, so I made a backup plan. Some stuff could be in the car. Some on the porch. Tarp on hand to cover the rest. We'd be ready for a quick, passing shower and then be back in business.
At 8:30 the early birds started showing up. We sold a few things. Recouped the cost of our signs.
At 9:00 the sky started darkening again.
And then, at 9:30, thunder crashed and the downpour begin. Our rain preparations quickly proved inadequate. Turned out we had an impromptu rain gauge, though.
At 10:00 we decided to give it a few more minutes.
At 10:15 we started loading up the books (which had been on the porch, fortunately) and made a run to Half-Price Books.
At 11:00 and still pouring we returned and met two guys looking for an end table and some stereo speakers. We recouped the cost of the babysitters. DOB helped them haul the stuff to their apartment on the way to take the first load to the thrift store.
Now it's 2:00, raining off and on, and most of the damp to soaking stuff is gone to the thrift store. A few of the nicer large items we'll try to sell on Craig's List and hopefully still get a few bucks out of. A few of the no longer so nice larger items are sitting by the curb hoping someone from Freecycle will take pity on them.
But hey, we got our costs out of it, we got rid of a ton (well, a few hundred pounds at least) of stuff we no longer have to move, and we got blog fodder.
Still, a couple of hundred extra bucks from actually selling some of this stuff would sure have come in handy.