Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Yard Sale Postlogue

We successfully (we think!) pulled off our first yard sale.  Indulge me for a few minutes with the details...

Wednesday Night - we hung up signs around the neighborhood in key locations (see this post) and began to price our items, using a color-coding system because three different families were selling their items at our yard sale.

Thursday After Work - We priced, and priced and priced some more... organizing our items into "like" piles.  You know, kids stuff, clothes, home decor, kitchen stuff, furniture.  Rob's mom brought over a van load of stuff to sell, too, so we had fun chit-chatting while pricing & organizing.

Friday Morning - Yes, people actually come to yard sales on Fridays. Rob and I woke up at 6 AM (unheard of for us, even on a normal work day!) to make sure everything was completely set up, so that we weren't still organizing when treasure-hunters were coming to browse.  By 7, we had a place for everything on the driveway and in our garage and were ready to go.  Here are a few photos:

Friday Afternoon - By about 2:30, the traffic had tapered off.  We were pretty surprised that throughout the day there was steady traffic. One person would come, look around, maybe buy something (if we were lucky!) and leave.. then another would come.  Our grand total for Day One was $66. Not a bad start.

Saturday Morning - Remember that movie Groundhog's Day?  Saturday morning felt like a scary, strange repeat of Friday morning, except that we slept in (HA!) until 6:30 AM.  We decided that we could squeeze in an extra half hour of sleep since we knew where everything was going to go on the driveway and all we had to do was quickly move things out of the garage.  More people came first thing on Saturday morning than Friday morning, and we had quite a good turnout.  And the weather both days was gorgeous, which made it all the more worthwhile.

Saturday Afternoon - Around lunchtime, Rob fired up the grill and we sold attempted to sell hot dogs, Nathan's hot dogs actually, but no one really bought them, although a few bought some water bottles and cans of soda that we had on ice.  Also, our new washer and dryer got conveniently delivered, and for no extra charge, the delivery guys offered to bring the old ones up out of the basement, so we decided to sell those, too - and we actually did!

Around 2:30 PM, dark clouds were rolling in, so we decided it was time to wrap it up. And we got everything back into the garage just as the first drops were starting to fall from the sky! Everything that we didn't sell went to Goodwill, with some of the larger items placed out by the curb for a good old Craig's List Curb Alert! We still have a few trips to make to Goodwill, but are mostly finished.

The grand total we brought in (all three families) was just $333 and some change. And we made about $200 of that, which will get put back in the "house projects fund." Plus, there's a little less clutter in the basement. What a great feeling!  And another big PLUS for us was being able to meet some of our neighbors - some who came and bought stuff, others who just browsed and chatted.  It was great being able to meet people who live around us and get to know them a little better, and we're sure we'll see lots of them out and about this summer. 

Have any great yard sale finds lately?

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