Feb 22 2008

One week until the rummage sale

My community garage sale is next weekend!

I need to blog about this because I need the accountability for actually getting things ready to go and showing up at 6 a.m. 

I’ve been going crazy this winter because we have too much stuff in our apartment and I just can’t wait to get rid of some stuff!

Earlier, I said that I would try to sell some things on eBay first, and then take the leftovers to the sale, and then the leftovers from that to Goodwill.

I’m going to revise that somewhat.

I don’t want to mess with seller’s fees on cheap-o items.

So, I think I’ll take it all to the rummage sale first, and for higher-end small things (that I hope to fetch $20+ or so), I’ll sell those on eBay afterwards. And, I’ll still take a bunch of things to donate.

For some people, it works out better financially to donate items and write them off as a tax deduction. We won’t be itemizing our taxes for 2008, since for now, the standard deduction is better for us. So, I’m hoping to make a few bucks at the sale.

Question for seasoned rummage sellers: How much change should I have on hand and in what denomination?  Do you have any other tips for me?



12 Responses to “One week until the rummage sale”

  1. I usually get a roll of quarter, nickels and dimes and then about 20 ones when we have a garage sale. Also, keep track of what you put in at first that way you can keep track of profits. Good luck!

  2. keep your loose change handy in a belt bag.

  3. We have yard sales about twice a year. My mom found these little apron type things to keep money in. She found them in the paint or tools section of our local WalMart. They were $1 or less, small but not tiny, had 3 pockets, and were lightweight. We really enjoyed using them to keep our money in. As far as change, I agree with S.B. above. Hope you have a great sale!

  4. Be sure to have plenty of $1 bills.

    A comment I heard once from a seasoned garage-seller — (I’ve stuck to it, but not everyone in my garage-sale group does, so we still need nickels and dimes for change.) — She said to price everything in $.25 multiples, and then you only need quarters as change and it’s much easier to add things up. She said that if someone won’t pay a quarter for something, they’re probably not going to buy it for $.15. If you really think something’s not worth a quarter, you can bundle it with something else.

    Good luck with your sale!

  5. Really, garage season has started in Pittsburg already? snow and all? wow! Here in WI garage sales don’t start until May. Hopefully by then the weather has improved a bit. There aren’t any garage sales going on now.

  6. Keep your money in an oh-so-unfashionable fanny pack (don’t know if that’s also a belt bag). Make sure it zippers – I think you have a chance of spillage with aprons.

    Bargaining will happen, but don’t be afraid to stick to your guns as far as price. Someone may haggle one of your $20 items down to $10, but if you think you’ll be able to sell it at a higher price, don’t budge.

  7. Oh, no ma’am, it’s still quite cold and ridiculous outside.

    This rummage sale is at the community center in the gym, thank goodness!

    Otherwise, I don’t think outdoor sales would start up until late March at the very earliest, but probably more like April or May.

  8. I think that’s a really good idea–having multiples of .25 for small items.

    If people don’t think an item is worth .25, maybe I could sell them 2 for .25, at the least.

    I use quarters for my laundry, so I wouldn’t have to worry about exchanging a roll of nickels or dimes or anything. I’ll just grab a sampling out of my coin jar and try to keep everything $x.25

  9. $50 in singles, if you have big items have enough big change to break $100 (some people are goofy) and $20 in quarters. Sell nothing for less than 25 cents. If you have big valuable items…the Pennysaver or the weekly paper in your area may offer free ads for a listing of a few of those items; list antique stuff, furniture, baby stuff, electronic stuff & appliances – place this ad separately from your group ad. Get your prices set in your mind and set your first price 30% above what you want so you can come down in price because people will want to haggle you to death and you will be too busy. Tell them to come back at the end of the sale day if they really want the item and do not wish to meet your price. That will let you know how serious they are and vice versa. Consider what ebay fees and packaging will be plus your time when you set prices.. It will be way easier to get rid of this stuff at a yard sale than all that you must do to ship for ebay. Hope this helps. Good luck!

  10. This is a good blog to wander into. I need savings tips.

    No pizza delivery on Saturdays. Got it. ;)

    My, is this room pink?

  11. i never understand what do you sell

  12. Just random things you don’t want anymore, but stuff other people could use.

    I have a bunch of wedding decorations that someone might want. We have some small furniture items that are just taking up space.

    Toys & games, little knick-nacks…all sorts of assorted things.

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