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Yard sale dynamics

I made an insane last minute decision the other week to host a yard sale. And then went completely crazy emptying every room in my house of unwanted or rarely used belongings.
I talk more about that process in another post but this one is about the actual sale. I ended up doing two sales as one ended up being on such a cold day that almost nobody was outside and I barely made $20 after 4 hours.
The second attempt had decent weather and more traffic but after an hour I simply got bored. Plus I would rather do something else on my weekends. The kids were all over the place so I decided to throw in the towel. But what to do with all of the stuff I’d dragged out of my house? I sure as heck didn’t want it back in!
I put the few valuable items I wanted to try posting on Kijiji inside. Then I put out a jar that said “pay here” and walked away.
As it turns out my sale was more of a success by walking away. Some people definitely outright stole things, but most paid “something” and many were even quite fair.
The problem I have with yard sales is that so many people who come want to nickel and dime you for quality items but the next moment they will walk into a dollar store and will pay for absolute crap without a moment of hesitation.
The unmonitored sale allowed people to shop without being watched and to pay what their conscience felt was fair. Thieves stole. The cheapskates and those who want to rip you off gave nickels for quality goods. And those who don’t believe in giving less than sticker price gave whatever my tag suggested.
In the end, I didn’t want any of this stuff in my house anymore so it didn’t bother me to have some of it stolen. I was actually quite elated and even surprised each time I checked the jar to find a few more dollars. ‎ Plus I didn’t waste a day being frustrated by insulting offers when I could be with my kids.
Sometimes walking away is the best choice 😉

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