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May 17, 2008

Garage Sales

My parents just finished with a 2 day garage sale. Every year in May, Richfield holds an event, a citywide garage sale. For $12 (I think?), people can register their yard sale with the city. In return, they get a sign and put on a map that Richfield sells for $2 to people visiting the sales. It's cheaper than advertising in the newspaper classified ads and probably more effective since the people who shop at these things can run around to a whole bunch in a fairly small area.

Halfway through cleaning the garage, my father looked up and said, "Why hold garage sales?" He's got a point. In 2 days, they made $110. After 16 hours of sitting in front of the garage, they made $6.87/hour. And that's not including cleaning out the garage (though that had to be done anyway) or setting the items outside/back inside. They did get rid of some stuff they didn't want though.

8 comments:

franscud said...

I think there's an online swap service where you list stuff you want to get rid of with the hopes the junk is someone else's treasure. I've been meaning to look it up, but haven't yet. It might be more efficient than the traditional garage sale.

FerdC ~ The Best Parts said...

Another idea is to donate the stuff to the Goodwill or Salvation Army and write the value off your taxes.

Book Calendar said...

I think people have a hard time throwing things away. I get attached to my junk. I prefer to donate it or sell it before giving it away. However, the value of the time donating the stuff and selling the stuff does not match my salary. It isn't really rational.

RoxiticusDH said...

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Roxy

MayYouSeeNothing said...

hmmm...

Berryvox said...

I think they're just going to donate or throw away the rest of the stuff. Or keep it in storage because they're terrible pack rats. :-p

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

I am a garage sale masochist! I have them over and over-never make money and then go spend the money I took out for change at other peoples garage sales. I love to go to garage sales though.

Deb DiSalvo said...

I know EXACTLY what you mean! The preparations for getting ready for a sale is more hard work (at least for me) that getting ready for an art show. I finally just gave up after doing a few garage sales myself......my stuff all goes to goodwill now. I don't even think twice!
Cheers!