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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Garage Sale PSA

Since it is supposed to be warming up, now is the time for a little garage sale CE (continuing education).

1) Plan your attack the night before. Countless treasures are lost to the early bird. These people will arrive up to an hour early, pacing back and forth or if agitated, will waken the garage sales dealer from sleep just to garner the first look. Some of these pre-emptive shoppers look harmless, but don't be duped by the gray hair or frail appearance. They will knock you over, push you into a bush, or use more manipulative tactics to distract you from the sale. This can include invoking their age and demanding respect, faking an injury/heart attack, and/or dinging your car with theirs in order to pilfer through the tables while you are inspecting the damage.

2) Hone your bartering skills. NEVER pay sticker price. NEVER. This isn't Dillards, honey. What says a dollar can be argued down to at least 75 cents if you are a novice, a quarter if you are a seasoned veteran like me. And don't be afraid to group unrelated items together. For example, a coat rack, two magazines, and a duffle bag that separately were priced at 10.00, offer 4.50. You'd be surprised at what you can swindle if you take a piece of crap off of their hands at the same time. When bartering, make sure you don't get into a bidding war with the early birds mentioned above. They are crafty and will run in packs so as to thwart purchases made outside of their group. Bid in a low tone, keep the item close to your body.

3) Bring your own drinks. Janey's little lemonade stand might look cute but that 8 year old is scamming people left and right with the prices of OPEC - 2.00 for a cup of watery lemon juice, no thank you. And are you really sure it's lemonade? Better to stop at the convenience store and stock up.

4) Never pay in big bills. This will lessen your bartering ability. Take spare change in jars if at all possible. Hey, sympathy can work in your favor in this environment.

This concludes my Garage Sale Continuing Education course. I hope you have learned something that will be of use on a sunny Saturday morning. If not, it's your own fault. I tried to warn you about the early birds.



  • Great advice, Tish! (And remind me not to hold a sale in your home town...)

    By Blogger Donna, at 9:35 AM  

  • Sounds like you are a pro at this, girl. I will be sure and not let you know the date my sale.

    By Blogger Sheri, at 11:26 AM  

  • I am going to send this tomy wife... She is just going to love your tips....

    You got any pointers on how to get free equipment for Scouts?

    Some Gypsies suggested the five finger discount- but I am the most guilty looking thief in the world, besides that my biggest FEAR is meeting Bruno in Huntville.....

    Thanks for the great collum. K

    By Blogger ikw3804, at 4:05 PM  

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