Sunday, July 6, 2014

Garage Sale Results

So, great news, our garage sale was DA BOMB! No, it didn't bomb, we made money!  $318 of "stuff" no longer wanted or needed.  60% of it was my Mothers from her downsize.  Note to anyone out there that is having difficulty downsizing someone.  Promise to try and sell their stuff rather than giving it away.  She agreed and she sold loads of stuff!  She only took home two small items not willing to part with them.  The rest I am taking the Sally Ann tomorrow, but there wasn't that much left.

Our sale was scheduled for 9-2pm Saturday.  We started setting up at 750am.  We realized there were people milling on our street at that time so opened the garage door.  It was pouring rain and yet people just kept coming! We estimate we had somewhere between 175-200 people through in that amount of time.  I had a couple of small profits too!

I bought this Coach Leather Handbag at a garage sale for $10 last May.  Too big for me to pack around so I put it in the sale.  It is authentic, I checked the serial numbers.  I sold it  for $25 at the garage sale.  Still a great bargain for the lady who bought it, plus a couple of bucks in my pocket for the travel fund.


I bought this Italian leather silk lined purse in Alberta for $12 (Goodwill) before we left thinking I would use it.  The strap is a bit funky so I ended up not liking it. I sold it at the garage sale for $20.  



So apparently, even when the weather is cold and rainy all day, you can have an extremely successful garage sale on Vancouver Island.  Many of the sales advertised decided not to go ahead when they saw the weather.  It did not deter the salers.  I woke up at 430 am to heavy rain and was really worried we would not sell anything.  Boy was I wrong. All of the money Hubby and I made from unwanted stuff went straight into the travel fund.  We don't need anymore stuff, we need more fun!

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  1. Great results for your garage sale! We have one planned when the weather picks up a bit (and we are organised!). Hopefully we can put the money to our travel fund too :)

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    1. We have been so busy it was really hard to fit in - still alot of work but it totally paid off. I love putting money into the travel fund!

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  2. I wish garage sales would take off here but we do car boot sales instead which means having to cram everything into a small boots space and trek half way across the city. When you get there you end up queuing for ages and then of course it rains!

    People are really haggling down at the moment and even if it's a few pennies they don't want to pay it.

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    1. I do like the idea of car boot sales though as there are a bunch of sellers and buyers in one place. I hate the haggling down part though!

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    1. Totally shocked us - and the weather was the most miserable summer day in weeks. People needed somewhere to go I guess as they weren't headed for the beach or working on their yards.

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  4. Wow. Congratulations. I hate participating in garage sales but HAVE made some surprisingly good money. No opportunity to do it here. Can I ship the contents of my mother's closets to you?!?

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    1. Um, no, it was tough enough to get my Mother to downsize! I probably wouldn't have had one if it wasn't for her stuff but we had a lot to choose from and that is partly why the sale went so well.

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  5. Woah! That's awesome! I'm surprised that you got so much for those bags. Usually people want everything for just a dollar or two. I made $80 at the flea market just selling $1 items. I was happy with that. I donated 3 boxes of leftovers to the thrift store.

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    1. $80 at the flea market for items that you thought were mistakes is pretty good considering your table was free - still money in the pocket!

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  6. We are too remote for yard sales...pity,as we have some stuff to get rid of
    Jane x

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    1. Do you have any friends in a more urban town willing to have one? Two family sales always go better

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  7. Glad it went well!!!

    You asked about how many Vera patterns there could be - I read this in a book I have - a lady bought the rights to Vera's line in 2005, the sale included a sample library containing around 23,000 scarves - imagine!!!! I very rarely ever find a duplicate!! It's amazing, really!!

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    1. Holy cow = you have lots left to find!

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  8. Glad it went so well for you! Where's the next trip to? xxx

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    1. Haven't a clue right now but still saving for it - so many places to see!

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  9. Yup, if you plan and have patience you can make good money like that, we had one and made about the same as you for stuff we were going to give away.

    HS

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    1. I was a little shocked frankly at how many people showed up on such a lousy weather day. Really happy for my Mom as she has little savings and what she sold went straight into her bank account.

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  10. Good job! It is always so much work to set up and sort but I'm so so glad that you made money!!!!

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  11. I agree! Less stuff, more fun!

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