Selling Your Stuff

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By John Hubbuch

So Saturday our block had a block sale (nee garage sale). I'm not a big fan of sitting in a chair while strangers paw at your junk and don't buy it. To be sure, it was Marsha's idea, but she had a class at the YMCA from 10AM to 11AM and so I had to man the junkstation.                          

We had downsized so we didn't have much: a 40's sewing machine in a wood case ($25); a grass trimer ($5); a glass thing ($2); some plastic chairs (50 cents each). We had some Wicker furniture, but it got sold to a neighbor — a kind of preferred customer sale, if you will.                    

I didn't do a very good job. I gave a way a couple of shams ($1), whatever a sham is. Some old guy's wife was going to make doll clothes for his grandkids. I also sold the glass thing for a buck. I'm going to frame the bill and put it in the kitchen.

Marsha sold lots more of the stuff than I thought she would, but then she bought some other stuff. At one time we were 14 dollars down, but I think we rallied at the end. My neighbor, Greg, came over and we talked, giving me an excuse to ignore the customers. I went inside for a while thinking that the worse thing that could happen was that someone might steal what I was willing to throw away.

The hour passed quickly and Marsha came back. All in all, not so bad. We should do it again in 10 or 15 years.

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Dave Coulter  

Posted: June 21st, 2011 6:19 PM

All in all I think it's better to be a buyer. I have found some pretty cool things at garage sales...

OP Mom  

Posted: June 21st, 2011 3:26 PM

I brought in just under 1000 on Saturday in a garage sale. You need more baby stuff.

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