Wednesday, October 6, 2010

One man's trash is another man's treasure

After combining two condos worth of 'stuff' into one house, we had a lot of duplicates of household goods.  We also found in the move that we were bringing a lot of trinkets, books, decorative things, CDs, movies, and even clothes, that we were no longer using.  So we both made a point while we were packing and unpacking, to keep a designated "Garage Sale pile".

And this past weekend, we finally dealt with that pile, and held a garage sale!  On Friday night, we set everything up in the garage, grouping things onto a few different tables.  We had one table with bigger-ticket items (like printers, a Dust Buster, a full set of dishes, designer purses, etc.).  And then the other tables were labelled with signs that said "25 cents each, or 5 for $1" and  "$1 each, or 6 for $5".  And we put all the trinkety stuff on those tables.  We also had a "FREE" table.  On that one, we included little trinkets that could not even be valued at 25 cents, but that to some people, might be useful (or, to a little kid, like finding loot!).

On Saturday morning, we just carried the tables out of the garage  and onto the driveway, and I was amazed how many people showed up right as we began.  We had advertised on Craigslist and Kijiji, as well as posting a few signs on surrounding streets.  We put the "FREE" table closest to the street, and that caused a lot of people to stop and look around!  We stayed at it for a few hours, and even though it threatened rain on and off, the true deal-seekers still came by.  It was my first real Garage Sale experience, and pretty enlightening.  I realized no matter how low something was priced, people would still want to negotiate - and I was fine with that!  I went at this with the plan that anything that did not sell would be either immediately brought to Goodwill, or thrown in the garbage.  So any price was a good price for me. 

We managed to sell a very good chunk of the pile, and were happy to take the rest to Goodwill. 

What did we do with our profits?  We put them towards two new chairs from Ikea!  We finally have somewhere to sit other than the condo-sized couch!

The colours of the leaves in the chairs match amazingly with the different colours that appear in this couch - greys, taupes, and beiges.  And they are so comfortable too!  I also love the way they fit nicely under the window, rather than blocking it out.

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