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Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday High Five -- why I hate having a yard sale

It's time for Friday High Five over at Angela's blog and you should be playing along. Why aren't you? It's fun?

Today I had a yard sale.


I hate having yard sales and I'm not sure why I waste my time with them. Every time I do, I always say "I'm not doing that again."

  1. I need a small army to get ready for a yard sale. Small armies are not easy to come by so I always end up doing everything myself.
  2. People will try to barter over $1.00. I had two bar stools in my garage forever. I put them in the sale for $1.00 a piece and someone actually asked if she could have them both for $1.50. I realize that getting a deal has some bragging rights but really...seriously. Who you gonna brag that one to? After all of that she has the nerve to ask me if I can break a $10.
  3. A quarter here and a quarter there equals 50 cents. I mean seriously if you add up the hours it took me to get ready and the hours I wasted sitting there I made about $1.25 an hour.
  4. What you think will sell will not. Why did someone by my random miscellaneous box of string but not my daughters old bike? I have the bike listed for $5.00 frickin dollars and someone had the nerve to offer $3.00. Seriously? Do you want me to break a $50 for ya too?
  5. I can never sell enough. And by enough I mean every piece of crap I hauled out to the driveway.

What did you do today? I made $18.25 and I'm thinking about drinking it.

9 random thoughts:

Enfys said...

Oh dear! I came to the conclusion a long time ago that these things just ain't worth the hassle. Now I just dump the stuff - I know it's not very PC to do this, but hey, life is too short to sit in a garage all day
En x xx

Unknown said...

How did you make just ~$18? (And why on a Friday?)

Around here they are weekend affairs. Ours netted $XXX, but then again, we had a lot of junk to slough off. {*grin*}

Besides, in a small town it is really for the visiting rather than the sale.

Unknown said...

Yard sales are brutal. I don't know when it became acceptable to low ball the hell out of the seller. It's become insulting. I feel your pain. On Clean House they sell stuff for $20 and up and no one haggles. They just pay it! Where do they find those people?

Poolside with the Girls said...

I know, they are a huge pain in the butt.

This last time that I was thinking of having one I donated all the stuff and got it over with in about 10 minutes.

That alone made me feel better.

Have a great weekend!

septembermom said...

I can't believe someone haggled about $5.00! Geez. People are cheap. I always wonder if it is worth it to have a yard sale.

Raine said...

Yard sales are a total pain. I hear ya!

Angela said...

I hate having garage sales!! I suck at it and it is a huge pain in the butt plus I never make any money!

Becca said...

HA!! You are so funny. $18 is pretty sad though. I can't believe people actually tried to talk down $5 for a bike!!!!!

Jenners said...

I hear you! Here you are practically giving stuff away and people still try to barter you down. ACk!

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