Wednesday, April 13, 2016

An Update On Our Bodacious Yard And Bake Sales

With summer right around the corner, we've had some people reach out asking if we needed items for our 2 annual Bodacious Yard and Bake Sales. While we are extremely grateful for the offers, we declined. After our last yard and bake sale in October, and much deliberation, we made the decision we won't be hosting these events any longer. There are a few reasons why.

If you've ever hosted a yard sale, you know how much work is involved. There's a lot of planning, advertising and everything between to contend with. Planning starts about 2 months prior to the event.

Add biscuit love and fresh, homemade baked goods for the "hoomans" and that workload increases. In addition, as donations are dropped off, we have to tag and store the items in various rooms or in the basement. Then, a few days before the event, our living room, home office and biscuit room are packed solid with yard sale items. We try to bring as much upstairs as we can.

While we didn't mind the work involved, it took a toll on our fur-kids, stressed them out and disrupted our daily routine.

Over the past 2 years, since our first Bodacious Yard and Bake Sale, our family has increased. 

All 3 of our fur-kids are sensitive to change. In the past when we've moved rooms around or rearranged the furniture, it has stressed them out. Last year, before and during our July yard and bake sale, we noticed their stress level had increased quite a bit. It started a couple of weeks before the event when we started filling the above mentioned rooms with yard sale stuff.

During the day of the event, our fur-kids stay in the house confined to the bedroom, with the A/C on and their favorite toys and blankets on the bed, for safety reasons. With people going in and out of our home and doors being frequently opened and closed, we want to make sure they don't sneak out.

And, we have heard too many horror stories about pets being stolen at yard sales. 

We take them outside periodically and visit with them for snuggles and snacks, however, they weren't able to settle down and they were stressed.

The same happened prior and during our October yard and bake sale except it was much worse. I spent quite a bit of time in the bedroom with them. They didn't relax even with me there.

That night, after everything was put away and cleaned up, Lisa and talked in length about it. We were sitting on the sofa. Our fur-kids were on our laps, sleeping soundly and finally relaxed. That's when we made the decision.

That was the last Bodacious Yard & Bake Sale. 

I'm not going to lie. We'll miss hosting our 2 Bodacious Yard and Bake Sales. It was a ton of work and every muscle in our bodies were screaming by the end of the day, but we always had so much fun. From seeing people in our Bodacious Community to meeting the pups and new faces, it was all incredible. However, our fur-kids are our priority. We're not going to put them through the stress and fear.

In the meantime, we are brainstorming other fun stuff we can do in place of our Bodacious Yard and Bake Sale. Maybe an online auction or bake sale or special one-time-only biscuit packages.

Stay tuned...

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