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Old 10-20-2010, 11:21 PM  
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Garage Sale tips

I'm doing a garage sale this weekend to get some xtra money for my "junk". When you go to sale's what do you look for?

What stands out, draws your attention, or makes you confirm the choice on that $30 item?
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:38 AM   #46
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:11 AM   #47
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We had a yard sale a couple of weeks ago. It always amazes me what people buy and don't buy. We had a couple of old scratched up Teflon frying pans that my wife just wanted to throw away. I told her to put 50 cents each on them and we can toss them later if they don't sell. They were almost the first thing we sold. We had some really nice kitchen items that we priced cheap that didn't go, though they were frequently looked at.

Normally, I would just donate or toss stuff but we had a massive cleaning and ended up with a ton of our boys old toys as well as some pretty nice dishes and kitchen items (a lot of it was never used wedding presents). We also had a couple of bikes, an old table saw, some leftover building supplies and a composter ( the big one that turns), so we figured we would try the yard sale route to get rid of the stuff (I live way out in the sticks and Craigslist doesn't work well here).

We did fairly well but I'm not doing another one. From now on, if we can't donate it, it gets tossed.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:31 AM   #48
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As for tips:

Make your signs clear and readable without having to stop the car. It amazes me how many times someone will do a sign using a ballpoint pen on cardboard or some other unreadable method. I generally won't bother even trying to figure out where the sale is. I figure that if you are too stupid to make a decent sign, I probably don't want your stuff.

The flip side of good signage is to take down your signs as soon as your sale is done. Don't leave them up to molder away for next few months.

As someone said earlier, don't price your stuff like it's almost new. If it's an antique and worth something, a yard sale is a poor place to sell it. Also, just because someone paid 30 bucks for something ten years ago, doesn't make it worth $15 now. Personally, I won't pay more than 50 cents for a book, $1 for a CD or $3 for a DVD. I'm also not going to pay nearly retail price for a video game. I'm also not going to pay $10 for your old rusty wrench.

Make an effort to sort and price your stuff. I see sales all the time where people just put out boxes full of random stuff with no prices. I don't want to paw through your old dusty junk.

As an aside, since when is it okay to take a dog to yard sales? It's a trend I have seen more and more over the last couple of years, even big dogs off of their leashes. The dogs run amok, get into stuff, knock over stuff, crap in the yard where people are walking, etc. I don't get it at all.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:39 AM   #49
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If you're having a garage sale to make money you've already ****ed up.

I always put stuff out there I both didn't want and didn't need. If you'll pay me a nickel for every piece of $3it I don't have to pay to dispose of you're doing me a favor...
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:49 AM   #50
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If you're having a garage sale to make money you've already ****ed up.

I always put stuff out there I both didn't want and didn't need. If you'll pay me a nickel for every piece of $3it I don't have to pay to dispose of you're doing me a favor...
That was our attitude too. Almost everything was priced between $.25 - $1.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:50 AM   #51
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Not recently, but I do have a somewhat amusing story from one we had a number of years ago. We had an older stove after the Mrs decided to get one of those flat top ones. I put $50 on the tag and that afternoon a man and his Mrs look the stove over and ask me if the price is negotiable. I proceed to tell them that to me a garage sale is about getting rid of shit I no longer need or want and that I have no desire to haul the damn thing to the dump and it sure as hell isn't going back in my shed so ANY offer down to and including, I'll back the truck up and you help me load it would probably be accepted. The fellow smiles until Mrs brain surgeon opens her yap and says, Well, will you take $35 for it?"
I said, "Absolutely" and the husband looked at her and asked if she didn't understand what I was saying....She looked at him like he had been speaking Swahili and says, "Yes, he said it was negotiable and I just talked him down to $35."
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:05 AM   #52
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Yup. Never, ever again. I won't lose $400 a day and then give up my day off so you can make a couple bucks. It's not worth the headache at all.
My wife and I planned a garage sale a couple of years ago, and then when we got serious and it came time to move it all to the garage and begin the laborious price tagging process, we decided that we should just put it in the car and take it to Goodwill. We both ended up happy with that decision.

On the money, though, it's to your detriment if you don't itemize your taxes. You're better off having the garage sale, I think. The last time we had one (10+ years ago), we made something like $400, which is nothing to sneeze at.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:25 AM   #53
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Not recently, but I do have a somewhat amusing story from one we had a number of years ago. We had an older stove after the Mrs decided to get one of those flat top ones. I put $50 on the tag and that afternoon a man and his Mrs look the stove over and ask me if the price is negotiable. I proceed to tell them that to me a garage sale is about getting rid of shit I no longer need or want and that I have no desire to haul the damn thing to the dump and it sure as hell isn't going back in my shed so ANY offer down to and including, I'll back the truck up and you help me load it would probably be accepted. The fellow smiles until Mrs brain surgeon opens her yap and says, Well, will you take $35 for it?"
I said, "Absolutely" and the husband looked at her and asked if she didn't understand what I was saying....She looked at him like he had been speaking Swahili and says, "Yes, he said it was negotiable and I just talked him down to $35."
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:50 AM   #54
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I will say that the "negotiators" get irritating when they go too far with stuff that you feel that you have priced fairly. I have a small Snapper 2-cycle snow blower that is barely used. Kind of like this one:



Since a snowblower is a tough sell in June, I had it priced at $25. I had some dude pull up and look at it. He started bad-mouthing it and then finally offered me $10. I told him no way and he got all butthurt about it, muttering "winter is a long way away" as he left.

Actually, snow is only four months away, so I'll wait until then and put it on Party Line for $100.
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My wife doesn't mess around. She may go down a little, but usually she demands a good price. She's got good stuff and knows what it's worth.

We just made $800 this weekend. The last time we had a 2 day garage sale, we made $1000.
That good, huh?
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That good, huh?
MSNBC style editing?
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Hey, you tee'd it up.
That's exactly what MSNBC would say!
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My wife and I planned a garage sale a couple of years ago, and then when we got serious and it came time to move it all to the garage and begin the laborious price tagging process, we decided that we should just put it in the car and take it to Goodwill. We both ended up happy with that decision.

On the money, though, it's to your detriment if you don't itemize your taxes. You're better off having the garage sale, I think. The last time we had one (10+ years ago), we made something like $400, which is nothing to sneeze at.
$400 for 2 people to sit there for 2-3 days plus however much time you spent prepping? That's horrific. I won't do it. Honestly, I won't ever do another garage sale unless I move to a corner lot on a busy street and even then I'm only doing it on Saturday.
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$400 for 2 people to sit there for 2-3 days plus however much time you spent prepping? That's horrific. I won't do it. Honestly, I won't ever do another garage sale unless I move to a corner lot on a busy street and even then I'm only doing it on Saturday.
Yeah, no way I ever do a two day yard sale. We did both of ours on Saturday only and 95% of the sales were from 8am 'til noon. After that, people that did show mostly just picked through stuff and didn't end up buying anything. I can't imagine that a second day would result in many sales (I never go to the second day of a two day yard sale).
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