Monday, May 14, 2007

Useless Junk = Garage Sale

Spring has sprung across most of country, the birds are chirping, the flowers are opening, the trees are starting to bud, and the piles and piles of useless crap stored in my basement has to be thrown out.

Being frugal by nature my first instinct when offered anything free has always been “sure I’ll take it, I know I’ll be able to find a use for it sometime”. Well...from years of experience (and encouraging from my wife) I’ve come to the realization that actually NO I probably won’t be finding a use for most of the antiquated junk in my basement (you never know when you’ll need 2 extra toasters and 4 VCRs...).Over the weekend I’ve come to the conclusion that even if an opportunity did arise that required one of the items I’ve accumulated over the years I wouldn’t be able to find it in a timely manner amongst all the other boxed “treasures”.

In order to reclaim some shelf space in the basement I basically have 3 options:

1.Take few trips to the dump (this requires a very long and frustrating wait in my city).
2.Donate all I can to second hand stores (won’t get rid of it all and will require a lot of trips)
3.Sell what I can – garage sale.

Well based on my frugal nature I think it’s obvious what I’m going to do...a garage sale. I’ve never had one before but I’ll give you an update on how much I make. My hopes aren’t really that high but to quote an experienced garage saler friend of mine “you’d be amazed at all the useless crap people will buy”.

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telly said...

Good luck!

I agree, trips to the dump can get very annoying. And if you haven't been to the dump in the last couple weeks - be prepared for an even longer wait than you're used to. This is the worst time of year! My husband came home after he saw the line...

George said...

There's an easier, better option that you haven't considered. Check if your community has a Freecycle group, use it to get rid of your "useless junk". It saves you the time and effort to drop stuff off at the dump, and keeps it out of the landfill.

Check out www.freecycle.org for details and to find out if there's a group in your area.

Mike said...

I had my first garage sale last year - it was a lot of fun.

I didn't bother with price tags - just sort of winged it. Everything was pretty cheap so very people wanted to bargain.

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