Feb 29 2008

Giveaway: $10 Sonic Drive-in gift card


Awhile back, we received a $10 gift card for use at Sonic Drive-in. Well…we don’t live anywhere near a Sonic anymore. So, rather than let this card go to waste, I’d like to give it away to one of my lovely readers.

If you’d like a chance to win this gift card, please leave a comment below.

I’ll randomly select a winner on Monday.

Please only enter if there’s a Sonic near you. Good luck!

Feb 29 2008

Pricing some yard sale items


I’m so excited for the community rummage sale this weekend! I have a pile of things by my front door, ready to be loaded into my car.

It will cost $10 for the use of a table at the sale, but I certainly expect to recoup that (and then some, hopefully!).

Today, I’ll put price stickers on my items. It seems that if people see the price on the item, they’re more willing to try to haggle with you.

Meredith at Merchant Ships had a great post the other day about yard sales, and she included a link to a helpful resource on maximizing your experience as a seller.

Check out these great tips, including ideas for pricing items and learning which items sell best.

I’m not going to bother to try to sell our used clothes. Those will go straight to Goodwill. However, here are a few items I’m going to try to sell and some prices I’m considering. If you think they sound too low or too high, will you please let me know? This is my first garage sale as an adult–I’ve just helped my parents and grandparents at their sales in the past, but I don’t remember much about pricing.

  • Cooshy "leather" office chair $15
  • Digital point-and-shoot camera and memory card $50 (it’s selling for $50-80 on eBay right now)
  • Possibly selling an old but good condition Kirby vacuum with attachments. I need to check with my mom first to see if she wants it. Ideas on pricing?
  • 12 identical glass vases $0.25 each
  • 12 fake rose bunches $0.25 each
  • 12 wedding pew bows with pew attachment $5 for the lot of them
  • Assorted knicknacks and games $0.25 – $1 each
  • Whatever else I can scrounge up

I know people always appreciate a "free" pile. I’m going to put my used magazines with the address label removed. I’ll give them away, as long as the recipients promise they’ll recycle them when they’re finished.

I have a roll and a half of quarters, $25 in singles, and a few other bills. I really hope that will be enough. Hopefully, my first sale of the day won’t be someone handing me a $20 for a $1 item!

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