That’s right. No shipping things home. I’m about reducing and recycling when it comes to packing up a house—and what a wonderful way for us to bless the many friends we had made in Kenya.
Kenyan’s have surely missed out on the wonderful concept of garage sales. Or at least it is wonderful in my eyes. I know there are those of you out there who cringe at the thought of used clothing, or half colored coloring books, or shoes with other people’s foot sweat.
That’s not me.
Kenyans are the MOST fantastical people when it comes to cleaning something up so that it can look spick and span new. So I just knew that they would adore my garage sale, or as Ian termed it: Duka Ya Mama Eli’s (Eli’s mom’s shop).
Soooo, in preparation for our move home I began to sort through our house in Kenya with the help of some ladies from the community (which was a score for them because they carted off bag after bag of miscellaneous goodies for themselves). Separate from the furnishings in our house that were owned by OO and would remain, we had amassed a ridiculous amount of items ranging from kid and adult DVD’s, to nail polish remover, to the ax and kerosene lantern.
Ian and I converted the pregnant girls’ classroom space into my shop, pulled in a few tables, and set things up by category.
A few days before the party I let all of the staff in to preview the items. Some staff took up to an hour carefully looking over each and every item.
Now, I decided that in order to make it a true shopping experience the staff would need money. So Ian, being the handy and fun husband that he is, printed out play $10 bills so that each staff was given $100 to “spend”.
After our going away party, we had the 27 staff draw numbers and line up from the #1 shopper on back.
They each got to go in individually to shop. They could buy one item (no matter how expensive) during each round. We did this for 3 rounds, and then I let them all in at once to spend their remaining money.
They went crazy. The laughter and excitement was contagious! I LOVED it! And so did they. I loved watching them scheme and work together to get all of the things they had their hearts set on.
In this next picture, you can see Tito happily sitting on his 3 piece outdoor furniture set that he bought for $120! That’s right, Tito was the one and only employee who managed to convince another employee to give him some money so he could afford it!
It was a fabulous way to wrap up such a serious day of thank you’s and good byes. I was thrilled to share my love of g-sales with my Kenyan friends. Even better was a staff member telling Ian that “we had taught them something fun they could do together in the future.” I’m just sitting here in my American home imagining future Kenyan garage sales among the staff and loving it!