I’ve had two yard sales so far this year. I did one on my own and joined in on a multi-family sale too. Having a yard sale really doesn’t appeal to me very much. It’s a LOT of work and I’m just not a good salesperson. However, even though I didn’t like it very much, it was still worth it for me to do. I had things to get rid of – things that people were willing to pay for. So it all works out, right? I get rid of my clutter and someone else gets a good deal. Well … sort of.
I think there’s a right way and a wrong way to shop yard sales. If you shop yard sales every weekend – this could be painful to read. Here are some of the ways that I think yard sales waste your money.
1. The Lure of The Deal
Bargain hunters beware! If you have a hard time passing up a good deal then steer clear of yard sales! When someone is moving or very eager to get rid of things they will price their items at very tempting prices. It’s easy to justify an expense when it’s “such a good deal.” Even if something is a good deal it can still be a waste of your money if you have no use for it.
2. Instant Pressure
When making your usual purchases at stores or online, you usually have time to price compare, shop around and save up money if you need. When you’re at a yard sale – you have to make your decision right then and there. The pressure of passing up a great opportunity (even though you may not have the money for it) might be more than you can take. You may cave and purchase that snowmobile for $300 even though you know you don’t have the money and you could probably live without it.
3. Unknown Worth
Some people are honest – they price their yard sale items according to what they are actually worth. Some people are not. A good salesperson can talk you into an “antique” clock that’s worth at least $500 – assuring you that you’re getting the deal of a lifetime by paying $50. Maybe he’s right. Maybe he’s not. Unless you’re well-schooled on that particular type of antiques, there’s little chance you’d know.
4. Just In Case
I saw this happen a couple times at my yard sales. The first time, a pregnant girl and her mother were together. I had two infant car seats for sale – one blue and one pink. The pregnant girl was about to find out the sex of her baby in a week. They stood there debating which car seat to purchase for about 10 or 15 minutes. Do you want to know what they did? They bought both. I wanted to tell them that the blue one would be perfectly fine for a boy or a girl, but they loved the pink one and thought they better get it – just in case. I can see it now – she has a boy and the pink one sits in the garage collecting dust.
The second time, a woman came and couldn’t remember whether her pregnant friend had a baby swing yet or not. She decided she better buy it – just in case.
Everyone listen up. There is a baby swing for sale every single weekend at some yard sale in your town all summer long. My baby swing is not the deal of the century. EVERYONE gets rid of baby things at yard sales. Go home and ask your friend and then go yard-saling next weekend.
OK, I know I was a little hard. I’ll redeem myself tomorrow … In the meantime – do you have a yard sale horror story? I’d love to hear it. Share it below!
Why I do what I do ~ Chloe and her cousins were showing me their Lego creations today. They were very proud of the things they made and I said, “They look great! I’m a fan.” They looked at me weird and my older niece said, “Auntie Nicki, you aren’t a fan.” Chloe echoed, “Yeah Mama, you’re not a fan.” Their puzzled faces clued me in – they were thinking I called myself a box fan I explained that being a fan of something means you really like it. They all laughed at me like I was trying to fool them. I gave up.