Cold Hard Cash, Baby!

I hate doing yard sales.  

I love to GO to them...I just hate having my own.  It seems like it takes weeks to sort through all the stuff in our house while trying to find things to sell.  It takes even longer to price every single blasted little plastic toy.  And upon joy...I get to sit outside all morning while my kids wail, "NOOOO you can't sell THAAATTT!", I sweat in the sun, and I barely make enough to cover the ad I put in the paper.

So we've decided to just drop our used and unwanted goods at our church thrift store.  They can sell it, the money goes to a good cause, and most importantly...I don't have to do a yard sale.

But then there are days like today.

I've been sorting and cleaning and organizing the past few weeks.  Not to prepare for a sale, just to get our home in order.  I piled the stuff we've outgrown into plastic totes and stacked them in our bedroom until I was done.  The plan was to drop everything at the thrift store again.

But BOY, did that stuff pile up fast!  And it was really NICE stuff.  Clean.  In great shape.  Still somebody.

I found myself thinking a thought that makes my husband cringe with agony....

Yard Sale

I was determined to keep it simple.  

I didn't place an ad in the paper ($15, I don't think so!).  Instead, I placed a free ad on Craig's List.  

I didn't have a sale in the middle of the summer when everyone else is having their sales...the amount of traffic I saw was unbelievable! (thank you Lord, for clear skies and a nice day)

I didn't buy balloons filled with helium.  Luke found the sale signs from a couple of years ago, and we stuck 'em on the corner sans balloons.

I didn't mark each item.  I put everything out on tables and blankets in the driveway and wrote general prices for the whole table or blanket instead.  It took me no longer than 20 minutes to display and price everything.

I didn't commit to a 2 day sale (Friday-Saturday sales are popular here).  Instead, my goal was to get rid of everything NOW.  It was made especially simple because my older two hoarders kids were in school.

And...drumroll please...I had the most profitable yard sale of my life!  (and the most fun yard sale thanks to good friends keeping me company and my wonderful man bringing me a Big Mac for lunch).  

It's a revolutionary thing....yard sales don't have to be painful!  And most importantly, we're a couple of hundred dollars closer to our goal of being debt free.  


(That's me, smiling)

Angela Williams Duea  – (10/16/2009 04:42:00 PM)  

Definitely sounds pain-free! I just had one myself, and it wasn't bad, except we had a mighty cold weekend.

Becky Avella  – (10/17/2009 08:29:00 AM)  

It makes it a little less painful to let go of those special baby things when you are looking at the cash, huh?

Happy Weekend!

: )

SoCalLynn –   – (10/17/2009 07:45:00 PM)  

My daughter(23) and I had a yard sale today. I also placed a free ad on Craigslist, and we tried to do things the simple way. We only made about $75, but sold all the bigger stuff we had. It was about 98 degrees outside and I am exhausted, but we took all the remaining items to Goodwill right away. My garage is cleaner and she doesn't have to move a bunch of stuff that she doesn't want anymore cross country next month. That's a good thing.

Ronnie  – (10/17/2009 09:22:00 PM)  

My mother-in-law introduced me to NOT marking stuff several years ago and it's wonderful. She also taught me that garage sales are about getting rid of stuff, NOT making money. Since I picked up those two philosophies I make a ton more money at every garage sale I have. And...I'm not nearly as stressed out! So glad you found this out as well...
Looking forward to reading more from you. Followed you here from Blessed with Grace!

Missie  – (10/19/2009 10:47:00 AM)  

Yay for money made and stuff gone! I love the look of cleaned out closets in the morning...

Welcome!  – (10/19/2009 11:19:00 AM)  

If I stop to think of all the money I could have made on all the stuff I have donated over the years, I get a little regretful. Oh well. I'll leave the garage sales to you professionals.

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