Oh wow… garage sales are no joke! They are lots of work! ? We had our very first garage sale (all proceeds go toward baby-to-be’s adoption fund) and it went really well! I even had a few people compliment on how organized it was which was really nice. ☺️ We spent so much time prepping, cleaning, pricing every single item, categorizing, creating pricing signs and garage sale signs, setting up and breaking down both days, and more.
A special thank you to our amazing sister, Vanessa, who helped a lot for a few hours on that first day. We didn’t realize we would need it so much and we are so grateful. I think my favorite part was when someone would try to haggle and she’d be in the background saying, “It’s for a good cause! It’s for a BABY!” ? She’s going to be the best auntie. My brother, Hari, came out too which was great! And thank you to our new friend, Cori, for coming by to bring gluten-free donuts (I love this girl already), a sweet gift, and our first adoption baby book. We’re both adoptive mama-to-be’s and we connected through Instagram and it was our first time meeting! Cori, that was the best! Such a special surprise. And a big thank you to everyone who donated items and shopped… this wouldn’t be possible without your generosity.
I have to say, the most amazing part of our garage sale fundraiser was the outpouring of love we received, and our family, friends, and community coming out to support us. That’s what touched our hearts the most and brought me to tears many times. Special moments included hugs from strangers, donations without buying anything (an adoptive family who we’ve never met literally just came to tell us they support adoption and us–cue first cry fest!), giving more than the purchase price to help out, a request to add us to their prayer group, many saying they’re praying for us, sharing stories of adoption in their lives, and others just crying with happiness with me. So many wanted to connect and share stories whether they had adopted, were adopted, or adoption was part of their family. We experienced numerous acts of kindness over those two days. One family came all the way back just to give us diapers! How sweet and thoughtful is that? We are full of gratitude and it was wonderful to see and experience the good and love that we all have to offer! Strangers didn’t feel like strangers anymore and we all bonded over the beauty of adoption. Adoption is SO amazing. It’s rooted in love, starting with a beautiful expectant mother and family, and we can’t wait to continue and honor that story of love. ❤️
It was a weekend we will never forget! Our garage sale raised nearly $1500 for Baby Schaefer’s Adoption Fund which is incredible! Thank you everyone for your love and support. We’re now only $5204 away from our goal! We’re getting so close! ?
You can still participate in Our Missing Piece puzzle fundraiser by sponsoring a puzzle piece for $20 each. We’ll be running it till we reach our goal. That’s only 260 pieces to go! For more information or to donate, please visit gofundme.com/SchaeferAdoption.