Monday, February 28, 2011

Huge Moving Sale!

After  spending the past 4 months going through every inch of  the “My Cottage of Bliss” house, garage and backyard storage sheds weeding stuff out…

and weeks of cleaning, pricing and organizing items…

this past Friday and Saturday we held our

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And what a GREAT yard sale it was too!  

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It was extremely successful  and profitable.  Probably 85% of the items I was trying to get rid of sold and we made a little over $1300.00.

Yes, $1300.00!  And it’s not like that included a lot of big ticket items either.  There was one item that sold for $125.00 and there were a few $10,  $20 or $30 items but the rest of that total was reached by selling items that were marked $4.00 or less!   

I knew I had purged a lot of stuff but…really?!

Having a yard sale is an eye-opening experience on many different levels,  but particularly when it comes to human behavior.  Of course, we had  several of **those** people—the ones who make you want to pull your hair out when they insist you sell them a pile of stuff for $1.00 and then get indigent when you say no.  But we had a lot of really nice, friendly, polite  people too.  I can’t even count how many people said it was one of the nicest, cleanest, most organized and/or most reasonably priced yard sales they had ever been to.  That almost made all the hours of preparation I put into it worth it right there.

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I had put ads on Craigslist and in the local newspaper, listing  the start time of the yard sale as 9:00 a.m. Friday.  Knowing full well people would be showing up earlier than 9:00, we were outside setting up by 5:45 a.m.  I don’t think I’ve been up that early since I quit working.  It was still dark!  As soon as daylight started to break, passing cars began slowing down to look and  before 8:00 a.m., there was already a crowd of people in line to pay for stuff they wanted to buy.  It was crazy!

We used  8  large tables  and still didn’t have enough room so the overflow was displayed under the tables  and around the yard.  It was kind of interesting to see what was hot and what was not.

All of my daughter’s old toys--Teddy Ruxpin bear, Barbies, miscellaneous other dolls, dollhouse etc.--FLEW off the tables.  Completely gone within  the first 2 hours or so.   Her old crib,  rocking chair and table and chair set went fairly quickly too.


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Faux flowers and plants were definitely on the list of “hot,” in-demand items.  With the exception of one fall season arrangement, they were all gone in a blink of  an eye.   We’ve all heard how the  professional decorators have proclaimed using fake flowers and plants is a huge decorating no-no but it was clear to me this weekend  a lot of people either haven’t heard that, or they simply don’t care what the decorators think!  ;)

In the past, I’ve had pretty good luck selling clothes so I was a little surprised very few of my name brand career  jackets and tops sold, despite being priced in the $2.00 to $5.00 range. 

I also had a lot of cute Christmas decorations that didn’t generate much interest, including a 2 ft. tabletop white tree that I had only used once or twice.  Wrong time of year for people to be thinking about Christmas, I guess.

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There are still a few pieces of furniture I hope will sell on Craigslist but I am extremely pleased my life is a whole lot less cluttered and my bank account is $1300 richer.  A definite win-win in my book!


Kathy@ Gone North said...

I am "thinking" about doing my 1st ever garage sale this spring... just looks like a lot of work...
BUT I am most jealous that you live in a place where folks wear shorts in Feb.

Cindy said...

Good for you!!! You did amazingly well.
Sounds like it won't be long until you will be ready for the big move!
Hugs, Cindy

Willow said...

Congratulations on the yard sale.You did real good.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Looks great Shari! I'm surprised the Christmas stuff didn't sell. I would have taken that white tree! It would make a good Easter tree. A lot of people are doing that now.
Glad you wwere able to get tables. We used to use the ones from the firehouse. Can't do that now though, they got rid of them all. They are so heavy too! Okay I need to start cleaning out now too!


Lottie said...

You definitely were successful with your yard sale!!! Great job!

Marilyn said...

I'm thinking you feel so good! A lot of hard work and most likely ideas for the extra income. ♥♫