“We’ll just sell everything!”

06-26-2017 9:30 AM

Editor’s note: I was surprised to learn that Mary Kay Ash would go to the trouble of having a garage sale. I wish I could have been there to watch the fun though! This story was compiled from memories from Jennifer Cook, Nancy Thomason, Becky Brown and Liz Ledesma. Thanks ladies!

Garage sale at Mary Kay Ash’s pink mansion?

Well, yes!

Nancy Thomason, who was her Executive Protection Specialist at the time, remembers people flying and driving in from across the country to see what Mary Kay might sell.

“We saw cars lined up and down both sides of the street while it was still dark at 5:30 a.m.!” Nancy says.

Nancy remembers some of the bargains of the day. Purses. T-shirts. Eight-track tapes. And anything she wasn’t moving to the Lupton house. She just didn’t have the space to store a lot there. (Read more about the round house here.)

“I missed the wild rush to purchase her wire clothes hangers,” says Becky Brown, who remembers Mary Kay having at least two garage sales during her tenure.

Mary Kay Ash worked for about two weeks setting up and pricing the garage sale items.

And of course, none of it would have been successful without the yard signs!

Liz Ledesma remembers those signs well.

She had barely been on staff a week when Mary Kay Ash requested to meet with her.

“As I took the elevator to her office, my heart was beating out of my chest and my stomach was in knots,” Liz wrote in the Company’s 50th Anniversary Memories. “My nerves were somewhat calmed when Jennifer Cook met me with a smile and led me to Mary Kay’s office.”

There Liz saw Mary Kay sitting on the couch in her office.

“She reached out and took my hand and spoke to me as if she had known me for years,” Liz writes. “I felt like I was with a favorite aunt.”

Then, she told Liz, who worked in creative services, that she needed help making some signs for her garage sale!

“Garage sale! I wondered why Mary Kay would want to have a garage sale! Then she told me about all the things she wanted to sell,” Liz writes. “She was sure the neighbors would be surprised to see her having a garage sale.”

Just another reason why people loved Mary Kay Ash. She didn’t get caught up in fame. She lived like an average person.