So it’s done. It never ceases to amaze me just how cheap people are at garage sales. We sold a speaker system that you can buy new for $1500, used for $50. Why? Because it was less of a hassle than dealing with Ebay. As a seller, I refer to eBay as “Fucking eBay.” As a buyer, it’s just “eBay.” Selling crap online is ridiculous. Weighing things out and finding the right box for them? Bleh… I’ve got better things to do with my time. Or so I thought.
I’m now knee-deep in Craig’s List, eBay, and Amazon listings. FML.
Anywho, let’s get back to the reminiscence at hand. We got rid of a lot of things. An oven, some shoes, some bags, some old DVDs… All these things that we don’t want/use/need. I was joined by my dad and some friends who brought along their own things to sell. We all did all right. Sunday unfortunately was a bit slower than Saturday and ended up making a guy feel REALLY butt-hurt by closing up shop 15 minutes earlier than posted.
If he’s reading, I’m sorry. But also? This is a garage sale. There is no social contract! We worked it for as long as we could stand to and wrapped up- Also? If you were looking for something in particular? YOU COULD HAVE ASKED. Jeez. Seriously, his face was so dour as a result of my friendly greeting and apologizing for wrapping things up- I coulda swore a skunks ass instantly teleported right into his mouth.
Joel and I walked away $200+ richer for all the items sold. You think that it’s one of those, sit, relax, people come up to you and ask- “How much?” (regardless of the sticker) or they simply approach to haggle… Right? Well in my case, it went something like this.
Them: “25 cents!”
Me: “For a functioning wireless security camera including the hardware needed to hook it up to a TV that was only ever used for 5 minutes once to see if it worked… It’s $5.”
Them: “That’s stupid.” And they walk away…
All things considered. There’s only one item of heft we didn’t sell that we really wanted to. We have a high-backed love seat with down padding that we want to sell. It was something like 750 new. We want 100 or best offer. Know anyone who needs a nice high backed couch?
After having completed this romp with the wild-side I really don’t think I’m going host a garage sale again. I’d rather just donate things or gift them to people who’d be more likely to use them than I have. It’s worked pretty well in the past and everyone involved usually feels better for it. It’s not like we were selling soiled clothes, or cat-urine-smelling readers digests. Our gear is/was well maintained and we stand behind it working. It’s value is in the beholder and if you feel that 25 cents is all you’re willing to spend on something that’s “so” dear to you… I’m thinking that you probably don’t need it all.