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Confessions of a Garage Sale Junkie

Updated on September 2, 2016
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Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

Are you a yard sale junkie?

My addiction to garage sales began many years ago, when I participated in my first community yard sale, along with my fellow neighbors.

I had such an exciting time for many reasons:

Preparing for the sale by figuring out what I was ready to unload onto a new owner.

Setting the sale up with eye-catching colors to attract buyers.

Bargaining with my customers is always entertaining.

Getting rid of junk I collected and no longer had a use for.

The best part was the pay-off was outstanding!

I then progressed to hunting (the terminology I prefer to use) yard sales for items to sell on ebay and I was shocked at some of the items I bought and resold.

I have purchased import CDs, signed books, sports team jerseys and collectible items and resold them.

It's true...one person's trash in another person's treasure.

Yard sale! Garage sale! Estate sale!

I've been shocked countless times at items people purchase and how much they will pay for them. For instance, the toy or game that one enjoyed as a child...they want to share the memory with their offspring and they will pay almost any price to have it.

Since my garage sale adventures began I have found items to decorate my home with which is a great idea. Buy cheap and resell when you grow tired of the bric-a-brac items. I have since begun to refer to them as dust collectors and have drastically cut back on my purchases. We live and learn.

When I became a grandma I found great bargains on baby goods. From a crib to clothing. Purchase, use and resell. If the items are kept in good condition they could keep going and going. My granddaughters are now also members of my pack, along with my husband and the rest of our family. Hunting is enjoyed by three generations of our kinfolk.

I purchased items for my wedding and both my daughters weddings. So many items can be found brand new or used in like new condition. Wedding these days cost a fortune, one must scrimp and save whenever possible.

I have met some wonderful people during my hunting expeditions and heard all sorts of stories. It's always an adventure and if you haven't tried it yet give it a shot. Best part of my hunting trips is I don't have to pack a weapon. It's all in the thrill of the game and what decor you could find at a good price to hang on your wall.

It's always entertaining to bargain, who doesn't like a good deal?

Who doesn't like to find a deal at yard sales?

Avalon Park Community Yard Sale
Avalon Park Community Yard Sale | Source
Sandhill Cranes shopping our neighborhood yard sale
Sandhill Cranes shopping our neighborhood yard sale | Source

Tips For a Successful Yard Sale

  • Advertise the date, time, list of goods for sale on Social Network sites!
  • Two weeks before your sale declutter each room of your home and store all your "out with the old" items for sale in the garage.
  • Price each item before the sale.
  • Place signs with words large enough for a driver to read. YARD SALE, not yard sale will attract customers and prevent any fender benders.
  • Have change available. Chances are your first customer will hand you a $20.00 bill for a $1.00 item.
  • Don't overprice your items because they will not sell. Shoppers are most likely in a rush to hit up the next sale and some won't take the time to haggle.
  • Your items are outdoors for a reason, you don't want them. Just learn to "let go!"
  • Condense your sale area as the morning goes on. Once an item sells fill in the empty spot with another item.
  • Organized yard sales get more traffic than sloppy sales. I rarely stop at sales that are a big mess. My thoughts are their items for sale are most likely ready for the trash.
  • Smile, be friendly. You will quickly catch on if your customers want to chit-chat or doesn't.
  • Have extra bags and boxes on hand for shoppers to tote their goodies away.
  • Donate leftover items to Goodwill or store away for your next sale.
  • Happy Selling!

Sammy Kershaw - Yard Sale

Which Used Items NOT to Sell at a Yard Sale

There are certain used items that should never be sold at a yard sale. For one reason or another, but mostly it's just common sense.

Even though you prefer to make a profit from items instead of donating them or tossing them in the trash, you need to be realistic...this list contains items that should just be destroyed.

These are items that I have seen for sale at yard sales. Unless the personal items are brand new with tags or in a factory sealed package, just throw them away.

  • Bras. The ta-ta's shouldn't have to take the place of some one else's ta-ta's space.
  • Underwear. This is where common sense steps in.
  • Sheets or bedding sets. Bed bugs are common in some areas. Is it really worth it? Also have you not watched CSI when they use the blue light? The mysterious stains that can't be seen with the naked eye? Yep, those stains.
  • Sneakers with holes in the soles. Why? Enough said.
  • Dentures. These are made to fit a persons mouth, chances are that person is not shopping your yard sale.
  • Clothing with sweat stains or any type of stains. Why? Ewww.
  • Socks. Feet do a lot for us. Don't give them some one else's fungus.
  • Toothbrushes or hair brushes. Bacteria, germs, lice...Think, people, think!
  • Prescription drugs. Common sense!
  • Makeup. Repeat after me...germs, bacteria and is it worth it?
  • Towels. Keep them and use them for packing, storage, rags...etc.
  • Swimsuits. Private parts need their personal space.
  • Lingerie. This should be a crime.
  • Sex Toys. See above.
  • Enemas. I seriously don't know what people are thinking some times.
  • Deodorants. Are you kidding me?

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