Monday, March 24, 2008

Trashcan Treasures

Family Quote: "Dad chases Mom's trash and she chases mine."

I'm quick to throw out stuff that Mom says I should keep. But Dad keeps everything and Mom has to throw away some of his stuff.

Now I know that trashcan items can be treasures: figurines, glass vases, old stereo equipment, video games, paintings, jewelry, box springs and sheets, old clothes, keyboards, crockpots, various kitchen items, camera and lens (not digital) ~ we sold those and more at our garage sale, bringing a total of 1129 in profit!

All that moolah from treasures ready for tossing!

The men came to the sale early (first sale at 6:20am) and the women came later in the day. Some people wanted something for nothing; others not only bought but came back 3 or 4 times to bring family members!

I know how to sell jewelry, do so at a garage sale where there's no competition! I can also say I'm a professional artist, three of my watercolor paintings sold and one oil sold (it wasn't even framed).

Garage sales are a great way to meet the neighbors; one neighbor wants Greg to join Kawana's or some such men's club that does a lot of charity work.

We even had some neighbors stop by just to say how much they loved the new addition to the house and the 2 car garage add on.

Beautiful weather, great profits, meeting the neighbors and cleaning out the clutter ~ it couldn't have worked out better!


Anonymous said...

Nice profit...way to go...make some moo-lah off your unwanted clutter!!!


Aleta said...

No kidding! I was shocked when we did the count total. Greg said, "We need to buy some more stuff to sell it." Lol.

Mommy said...

Wow. A few years back I had a garage sale to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I think I only mad e a couple of hundred.

Aleta said...

I think having a garage sale to help benefit a cause is a wonderful idea. Maybe that's something we can consider in the future. (Part of the money we made will go towards grass in the backyard - after construction we didn't have any grass. Lol)

We're actually still getting calls from Craig's List to see if we have certain items, such as paintings and furniture. By the way, Craig's List is a free way to advertise. Fortunately for us, we have a great location for a garage sale too!

I was surprised with the money we made. I think it has a lot to do with the demographic changes since Katrina and needs of the people.

Stores are hiking up the price tags as gas prices rise. Garage sales are a good way to get what you need at 20% of the cost. It's a win-win for the buyer and the seller and keeps the money in the hands of the people rather than a national chain.

Anonymous said...

I think you broke a record with your profits! I think the most I've ever made was $20.00. Tupperware doesn't have much resale value :-) Paintings and jewerly definately does! Way to go! -HB

Aleta said...

*smiles* HB - I used to wonder about the shows on TV where the home owners had to "clean out the clutter" and they made such and such money from it. I thought, "Yeah, right. Like THAT happened." But it sure does! Now I wish I had more to sell. Lol. Did you know that there is a regulation in our area that only allows for two garage sales per year per household? Too funny.

Lorraine said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog! I admit there's a ton of "Dust collectors" that I'd LOVE to toss or sell at a yard sale!

Aleta said...

Hi Lorraine! Thanks for visiting my blog. It's nice to clean the dust bunnies and find some treasures to sell along the way. Greg didn't think I'd be able to sell them, that I would have a hard time parting ways, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Lol. By the way, I loved your painting - Miss Kitty Singing the Blues - too cute!

Anonymous said...

This is a forward someone sent me on e-mail:
As you may have heard, each of us will be getting a tax rebate check to stimulate the economy.If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China. If we spend it on gasoline it will go to the Arabs.If we purchase a computer it will go to India.If we purchase fruits and vegetables it will go to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala.If we purchase a good car it will go to Japan.If we purchase useless stuff it will go to Taiwan and none of it will help the American economy. We need to keep that money here in America. The only way to keep that money here at home is to spend it at yard sales, since those are the only businesses still in the US. -HB