We had a garage sale yesterday. It was a little iffy, as we weren’t sure the weather was going to cooperate. (Where did that phrase come from – it makes it sound like the weather is a conscious entity. “Hey honey, the weather’s at the door – he wants to know what it’s worth to you to stay sunny today. Something about nude sunbathing?” Well, that could get a little kinky – so we’ll just move away from that topic…)
I find it amazing that other people want to buy stuff that we now consider worthless. All in all, we sold $400 worth of worthless junk. Of course, all that worthless junk probably cost us $4000 or more when WE bought it, but that’s not the point. We managed to make money on stuff we would otherwise have thrown out or given to Goodwill. I guess the old saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is worth keeping in mind.
Another lesson to keep in mind is that a lot of little things can add up to a big thing. Many of the items we sold were in the 25 cent to $1 range. That means a LOT of little things got sold. Sure, there were a couple of large items – an old computer or two, a dresser, etc. But the bulk was small stuff. Scrapbooking stuff like stickers, punches, stamps, etc. as well as old cell phones, magazines, books, and computer parts. Kind of amazing when you think about it.
Just a little side rant here – if you’re going to a garage sale BRING SOME CHANGE. I actually had someone try to buy $3 worth of stuff with a $100 bill! Get REAL people!!!
Oh, and one more very profound thought – If you want to keep YOUR stuff, make sure you stay around. On at least two separate occasions I came out from the house and found Polly (my wife) offering my new motorcycle to some perfect stranger for a mere pittance! I warned her that if I caught her doing it again, I would have to put up a sign that said “More scrapbooking stuff inside – make an offer and it’s all yours!” Needless to say, I still have my motorcycle…
It was so much fun, we’re going to do it again next week. And this time I’ll be moving the motorcycles OUT of view. No sense tempting fate!