The Essence of the Garage Sale

I can sum up everything you need to know about garage sales in four lines:

(Scene: buyer picks up a beautiful child’s designer dress that still has original price tag of $30.00 on it)

Buyer: How much for this dress?

Seller: It’s $5.00. It’s still brand new, never worn.

Buyer: (thinking) I’ll give you a quarter.

Seller: *blink* (long pause, then sigh) Ok, fine.

And that just about covers it all. Yet somehow, we did manage to make a little bit of money, and clear some junk out of the house, so the day wasn’t a waste.

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  1. The Flip Flop Mamma! says:

    You should have sold it on Ebay!!!!!!!!
    Starting the bid at 4.99, you would have gotten at least $10.oo!!!

    But, I’m glad you made money and cleared out your house! I’ll be clearing out mine soon, too.

  2. Man…I would have given you at least a dollar for it!

    I’ve never held a garage sale, but have been intrigued by the possibility of having one sometime.

    I’m glad to hear you had some success.

    More Cordy pictures, please!

  3. Mommy off the Record says:

    This is SO true. You nailed it.

    And this is why I’m probably donating the stuff we just cleaned out of our garage. I’ve been burned in the “garage sale game” one too many times. LOL

  4. But if you had priced it at a quarter, then they’d want it for a dime…lol

  5. LOL….you should be my MIL who chases ‘THOSE’ types away.

    My husband too….

    I won’t do garage sales with them because I just want to get rid of stuff and the money is secondary…for them profit is all.


  6. Wow! That is a gutsy lady! Was it early in the yard sale..or late in the game??
    I don’t get that gutsy until I know they are shutting things down.

  7. Children’s consignment stores would have paid you $15 for that dress! I tend to bring things there to sell first and whatever is left over, I drop off at the Salvation Army.

  8. A quarter?!?! Eek. I know that people can be cheap at garage sales, but that’s ridiculous.

    I’m working on getting mine together. I’ve had tons of people telling me to eBay stuff, but I don’t know if I want to mess with it. Have you ever sold on there?

  9. I don’t care what people offer – as long as they aren’t the dreaded “early birds.”

  10. Now I am not feeling too great about the garage sale we are having soon.

  11. Wow, that buyer was pretty cheap.I mean, c’mon, a quarter? You are right though. It does feel good to get rid of stuff.

  12. Seriously, it is stuff like that that angers me. I had a rummage sale a few years back and every clothing item was 25 cents. One woman had this arm full of clothes and said, “I’ll give you a dollar for the whole thing.”

    I actually said no. I just wanted to see what she’d do. She set the items on the table and I tallied it up. Her total bill would have been $2.75. She says to me, “A dollar fifty, then.” Just to shut her up, I said “I’ll take $2.00.”

    She agreed. Honestly, there are rummage sale goers out there who are REALLY cheap!

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