A Dying Breed

20 10 2007

garage sale sign

 

Are garage sales becoming a thing of the past?

 

Today, I participated in a multiple-family, newspaper-advertised, garage sale. I earned a whopping $15. My brother made $3. I think my parents made the most – maybe $30, tops.

 

It was also strange to me that at least 80% of the customers who drove up were men. There were even a couple of them that brought a female who stayed in the car… I don’t get it. Most of the times I’ve been garage sale shopping, it’s been a group of girls/women.

 

Anyway…

 

We were advised by several of our customers that we could make a lot more money by taking our quality used things to a consignment store (especially the baby clothes and toys). Others suggested craigslist and ebay. Many of the items I’d brought for sale were actually things I HAD set aside to list on ebay but haven’t found time to. I know certain items can sell for more in an auction format than they do in a driveway.

 

But I’m wondering now whether online services are making the garage sale obsolete. If so, I think this is sad. Shopping online is so totally not the same as garage sale shopping.  And I just don’t see the two successfully coexisting.

 

I mean, $15???

Part of the problem could very well have been that our wonderful local newspaper misprinted the address… but I made a big huge sign!

 

Maybe we’ll have better luck tomorrow.

If anyone out there has some suggestions to increase sales, please, do share.

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21 10 2007
annie

Well, the second day (today) I made $40. Not bad. And I did get some good advice for next time from some friends last night… I am willing to share with anyone interested.

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