First, I have to show you what I rescued from my own yard sale:
I bought the '70s lamp and vase at garage sales a couple of years ago, then put them in the "to sell" box several months ago. But our new house has a '70s rumpus room and bar, so they will be great decorations there! I've had this rabbit watercolour print since I was a teenager, so it has some sentimental value, but it will also look nice in the bathroom in our new house.
Our sale was set to start at 1:00 pm; predictably, people started to drive by at 11:00 and started to get out of their cars at noon. A friend brought her stuff, so we had a lot to set out and the sale looked really large from the street. I would say that we did most of our business in the hour before the sale actually officially started! People came through there like locusts, so I was really glad that I had taken the time to pre-price all of our goods. Amazingly, no one really haggled. For the most part they just paid the prices I had set, and we didn't have any customers from hell. We even had two ladies that spent over an hour looking though everything! Here are some pictures that I snapped about two hours into the sale, so it had already been picked over.
We had a few big ticket items to sell such as our dog kennel (goodbye redneck clothesline!), a wheelbarrow, a dresser etc. And they all sold, except for my kitchen dining set. The last customers were there just after closing at 7:00 pm. We then consolidated everything into the carport, parked one of the vehicles in front, and went for dinner, deciding to deal with the rest of it in the morning.
At 9:00 on Saturday morning, even though we had not advertised being open on Saturday, there was already a couple in the carport! Then our friends came by, we had coffee on the kitchen table in the carport, and started packing everything up for various charities. A few other people stopped by. Just as we were about to move the table back inside, a family came by and bought it! What luck! So with that purchase, our grand total in profits came to $439.00! A success!
Even though it took a lot of time and effort, I think pre-pricing everything paid off so that I didn't have to answer a billion questions during the sale. It also allowed me to evaluate the worth of everything beforehand. Our prices were obviously fair, since there was no haggling. I am also glad I dragged out a bookcase to display our books. It was easier for people to look at them, and we probably got rid of half the books we had at the sale.
What are we going to do with our $439.00? Probably put it towards a dining set for our new house!