Rummage sale. Garage sale. Yard sale….whatever you want to call them….I like ’em.
I’m not a professional rummage sale enthusiast by any means. I can’t tell you where the best sales are. I can’t give you a multitude of tips on how to bargain or how to spot that treasure that you can make millions on by listing it on eBay. (I wish I knew the answer to that!). I don’t go rummaging every weekend.
But I do like to hit the occasional rummage sale, in hopes that I might find something useful.
I had the opportunity to shop the Lincoln city-wide sales this weekend, and here are a few of my thoughts on the matter. 🙂
- Price to sell. If I’m at a rummage sale, I’m looking for a bargain. I’m feeling perhaps a little cheap. $1 kid jeans….Score! $2 almost brand new board games…yes! 50 cent puzzles….you betcha! $40 used winter boots….not so much. And ladies, I know your Coach purses are beautiful. They really are. And I know you paid a very pretty penny for them. But I just can’t justify paying $80 for a used purse that looks….used. Sorry!
- But don’t sell yourself short. I can’t believe that some still price items for 10 cents. At least mark it a quarter. Make it easy for you to give change. And I know I sound cheap in the previous paragraph….but your items don’t have to be dirt cheap. Make me feel like I am getting a good price, yet at the same time, make it worth something to you as well.
- Have good signage. Flags. Balloons. Neon poster board. Awesome items for sale in the driveway. Give me something to catch my eye. Sometimes there will be a sale in a garage, and the door is open, but as I drive by, I’m unsure as to whether there’s actually a sale going on or if your garage is just full. Or maybe you are setting up for a party with your tables. I’m likely to pass.
- Play some music. Have some background noise. Otherwise there is that awkward silence when I am the only one shopping. Here I am, perusing your belongings in your garage, and if I don’t find anything I’m interested in, I either have to give an awkward “Thanks” or try to make an exit without seeming rude. Music just makes the whole process better.
- My favorite items. I realize everyone is different. Like when I come home from a sale and my husband says, “Did they have any good tools?” Ummm….I really don’t know. When I go to sales, my favorite things to buy are…
- Kids’ clothes. Yes, yes, yes! They only fit into a size for, what, a year if even. If I can find nice, used shirts for a quarter or a dollar, I feel better about the fact that I’m not always the best at remembering to treat stains before washing.
- Kids’ toys. I consider these to be disposable toys. Puzzles for 25 cents….heck yes! If we lose some pieces, so what. We aren’t out anything. Last year I bought a Star Wars version of Operation for $1. The kids LOVED the noises that it made. They got their kick out of it, and now that they are done, and some of the pieces are lost (come on, it happens!), I’m not going to feel bad when it comes time to get rid of it. And just yesterday I bought a brand new, sealed Lego set for 50 cents. 50 cents! When I brought it home, Carter spent over an hour building it. He loves Legos! Money well spent.
- Juniors/Women’s clothes. I’m a sucker for these. When I find clothes that are cute and my size, it’s fun. Silver and Lucky jeans for $3. Thank you!
- And what I’m not so into…Shoes. Unless they are kid’s shoes and they look new. I’m really weird about feet, so I don’t think I’ve ever bought a pair of shoes for myself at a garage sale. And when there are dirty kids’ sandals with the blackened toe imprints, it’s just not my thing. 😉 Maybe they would come out nicer if they were thrown in the wash?? I wash my kids’ shoes all the time. Crocs, sandals, even tennis shoes. They come out looking almost new.
Anyway….It’s fun that rummage sale season is here. I think I got my fill this weekend!
And I hope that you had a great weekend, too!
Harper was super excited about this Barbie trike that I brought home. A whopping $4. Thank you, whoever sold it to me! 🙂