This is what a fair-to-middling yard sale day looks like for me. I went to 2 community yard sales and spent $48. A decent stack of books (the easiest thing to list), some great clothing including a few pieces new with tags, a brand new pair of Sanuks that I’m keeping along with the Swiffer refills, a new in the box pair of Anne Klein loafers and some Jamberry nail decals, one of which have already sold for $5.99. (I paid $2 for all of them). If you are wondering how to know a good sale from a not so good one, here are a few things I look for:
- People who need space, not money. These people dragged it out of their house and they’re not bringing it back in. You have a better shot at bundling a stack of stuff for one price at these sales. If I ask about an item and they start giving me a back story on it, I move on, because they need money and are going to charge for sentimental value.
- One price for all items of one type. If I ask how much the clothes are, the answer should be a single price that applies to every item of clothing, not “well it depends on which ones you want”. A box of books should have a sign on it with one price, not a different price sticker on each individual book. If I have to pick up every piece of clothing and show it to them to get a price, I’m leaving.
- Items that look like they came out of a closet, not a shed. If items have caked on dust, rust, film or have a musty smell, they haven’t likely been touched in years. There are too many sales to waste time figuring out how to clean something without damaging it and losing money….unless, of course, there are genuine vintage or antique items in that mess, then I stifle the urge to cheer out loud and make a deal!
Ok, kids…time for me to make some money! 🙂