moving sale

We had our moving sale today, and we were able to unload quite a bit of stuff! It was essentially my first yard sale, and I think I should get a fair to poor grade. You see, I am pretty terrible at negotiation. I just want to give things away, and I will accept just about any offer. Oh, and one woman bought this antique sewing machine and cabinet we had. I never tried using the machine, since I bought it just to use as a table. We had it marked for $20. I took $8. The woman came back later to say that it was missing a particular bobbin part. I explained that I didn’t have the part, but maybe they could order it somewhere. They left. I felt guilty. I ran after them and gave them $5. I guess I still made $3.

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This was taken during a lull in action. By the way, we still have a couple boats for sale in case anyone out there is interested!

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12 Responses to moving sale

  1. Mandy says:

    I’ve done a few garage sales (aka rummage sales, yard sales, rubish sales, whatever) and I take the same approach. I am no pack rat, that’s for sure. On the other hand, what kind of ingrate comes after a bobbin for an $8 antique sewing machine?!?

  2. Sun says:

    Man, I think you should have practiced the ass-kicking skills you plan to use on Sashi on that woman. The nerve!
    Good luck with your move! I’m totally jealous.:)

  3. holly says:

    i mailed the users manual for a camera someone bought at my yard sale, and i got their address from the check they wrote. it wasn’t with the camera at the sale because i only found it when i was cleaning up afterwards. if they hadn’t written a check then it would have gone in the trash. so i sort of see where you’re coming from, but my moving sale was also with the intent of making money to pay for the u-haul AND getting rid of stuff so i was able to hold my ground when haggling happened. i was happy to go lower on things but not TOO low.
    i also got sad when people showed up, looked around, and then left, because it felt like they were saying my stuff wasn’t good enough for them. :(

  4. Nic says:

    The secret to a successful sale is lemonade. And cute little kids selling it. It always brings people in and even people who don’t buy any of your stuff will feel guilty not giving a kid 50/75 cents for lemonade. Of course, the profit is better when the kids are yours, but outsourcing to neighbors will work, too.

  5. Silvia says:

    OMG! I don’t read blogs for like 2 days and you change your entire life and move away! Congrats on the move, I know you’ll love being home. If it was so easy to arrange, you know it was meant to be. How’s the knitting/sewing space in the new abode?

  6. Sarah says:

    In my experience, there are two kinds of yard sales: those that are trying to make money, and those that are trying to get rid of stuff. In general, it’s an either-or situation. You just need to decide what your goal is, and work accordingly.
    Good luck on the move!

  7. stinkerbell says:

    really… you are too much!

  8. Ani says:

    oh my gosh how dare that sewing machine lady come back and complain after receiving a discount from $20 and $8. Give them an inch some people take a mile. You’re so nice.

  9. gaile says:

    if nothing else, you have just racked up enough good garage sale karma to score mint condition, vintage, mid century modern chairs for $5 each at the next garage sale you go to.
    oh, and if that happens, can I buy them from you? ;-)

  10. Gee says:

    I hate to haggle. I always just want to pay the list price. My grandma always says “what kin’ pilipino are you. Bargain!”

  11. Jen says:

    Hope that sewing machine wasn’t a Singer featherweight. Those are worth hundreds…

  12. sue says:

    so glad you got your wish to move to Portland! and you’ll be near your family, that’s wonderful. It’s a beautiful place. Your new house looks cute; I love that style house myself, though they do tend to be small, but you can maybe remodel….
    Do you still have boats for sale? My husband has been wanting a fishing boat (for lakes).
    Let me know.
    Sue

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