Wednesday, April 29, 2009

$5. $2? Fine.

Until this past Saturday I was a yard sale virgin. I found myself growing moreCIMG1875 annoyed with these “customers” rather than excited to sell something. Dustin had to keep reminding me that it wasn’t necessarily about making money, but rather making space for baby. I hate it when other people are right. Had this been an experience done with just Devin and I at our house, I think I would have been EXTREMELY annoyed CIMG1879and never even entertained the thought of a future one. But, because it wasn’t at our house, and it was done in conjunction with Dustin and Angela, it was more like hanging out for 5 hours on a Saturday morning.

We got to Dustin and Angela’s a little after 7 AM (keep in mind this is the first official day of my vacation). We CIMG1883finished setting up and pricing everything. (I have now learned that you have  to WAY overprice anything to get what your really want for it.) Because it was 7:30 in the morning and two pregnant women were involved, we made  cinnamon buns. (YUMMY!) Then the waiting game began. The boys played darts and CIMG1884Angela and I played cards. 

We had a small TV we wanted out of the house. If I had been looking for a small TV I would have paid $5 for it and not even blinked. I would have just though, “SCORE!” But no. Apparently in yard sales when something is priced for $5, people feel the need to offer you $2! CIMG1898What the heck?!?! I was just so taken aback and annoyed by this I just kind of (not kind of, I did) rolled my eyes and said, “fine.” This was the same woman who offered Angela .50 for shoes and T-shirts when she put an original price of $1. A DOLLAR! SERIOUSLY!?!?! You are going to haggle down to FIFTY CENTS?!?! Again, I was reminded, it’s not about the money, the money is just a perk for making space. CIMG1885UGH!

All in all, it was a pretty fun morning. Dustin and Angela made way more than the $15 Devin and I walked away with (That’s about a whole $3 an hour, by the way). Next time Devin and I have to clean out the house (which we did in December and took A TON OF STUFF to the Goodwill) we’ll plan ahead more and I’ll try not to be so impatient about getting the stuff out of the house and plan a yard sale. That way we’ll have more than a Simpsons and Family Guy trivia game to sell. We could have had laptops, cell phones, picture frames, movies, games. It could have been an easy $150-$200. I guess I shouldn’t feel too bad about donating it to charity though, should I?


  1. Haha!! I love the title of this post. It describes our day perfectly. I'm glad we were able to share the butt-crack of dawn with you guys.

  2. Yea, it was a blast. Without you guys there, it would have been a boring day. Angela definitely would not have played darts with me for 5 hours.

  3. I once had a yard sale where I made enough money to buy Burger King that day. So, I sat around for 5 hours, lost some stuff and made enough for a Whopper. I felt like a yard sale failure. I feel where you're coming from here.

  4. I am glad you all had a good time. I will be better prepared if/when i ever try this. And seriously, Angela, who has a garage that clean? I am ashamed to even open my garage door!