Friday, May 30, 2008

Friday Five: Garage Sale!

Welcome to your irregularly scheduled Fifth Friday Five, hosted by will smama and Songbird!
Since will smama is preparing for a joint garage sale with her parents, and Songbird's church had a Yard and Plant Sale last Saturday, we have five enormously important questions we hope you will answer:

1) Are you a garage saler?
Sometimes -- when they are convenient or I have a companion to go looking with. I find they aren't so much fun on one's own.
I also dearly love church rummage sales.

2) If so, are you an immediate buyer or a risk taker who comes back later when prices are lower?
If I really want something I buy it, because chances are I won't come back.

3) Seriously, if you're not a garage saler, you are probably not going to want to play this one.
(That wasn't really #3.)
3) This is the real #3: What's the best treasure you've found at a yard or garage sale?
Really, my breadbox (See below) although, while bought at a yard sale, it was brand new as far as I could tell and may have been a craft project of the sale-holder. Then again maybe it was a present they didn't want....

Of things that were definitely used, I'd say my CD called Street Carols, which is doo-wop Christmas songs. I always look at the books and CDs at garage sales.

4)If you've done one yourself, at church or at home, was it worth the effort?
At church, for many years I worked on the rummage sale and it was always a question. It seems to me we would net $3000 or so and of course I and my daughters would come home with stuff (one year I scored my stash of Real Handkerchiefs which I still use), and we enjoyed the fellowship (more a sisterhood except for the heavy lifting). And, since we had a LOT of clothing in good condition, it was obviously a help to some of the people who came to buy, particularly on "Bag Day." However, as lives changed, we decided to do without this fund-raiser.
Personal garage sales: the very first one I had was quite successful. I don't remember a dollar figure but we were impressed. Then later we had one or two that were absolutely pointless. Before we left City of Lakes we had a moving sale and that was successful -- not money beyond the dreams of avarice, but since we were interested in getting rid of excess furniture it served the purpose.
Our neighborhood is having one on June 14 and I haven't decided yet whether we even have enough "stuff" to make it worthwhile paying the $10 donation to join it! I'll be giving my books to one of the library book sales in the area so we may not have enough to sell.

5) Can you bring yourself to haggle?
Not over nickels and dimes, that's for sure. And I hate when people do that if I'm the saleholder. If it's a piece of furniture or similar, perhaps.
BONUS: For the true aficionado: Please discuss the impact of Ebay, Craig's List, Freecycle, etc... on the church or home yard/garage sale.
I'm not a true aficionado, but my daughter-in-law The Collector is, of these and also thrift shops. She definitely feels the pickings are slimmer as people are more knowledgeable about what they have and inclined to try for top dollar on eBay. (And alternatively, some post on Freecycle in hopes of finding the right person to give something to. I'd rather do the church or thrift shop thing in most cases myself.)

What a fun Friday Five -- I never cease to wonder how you all come up with the ideas!


RevAnne said...

Love the breadbox!
I look for cds and books, too, and like you, I generally think they're not much fun alone.
Great play!

Deb said...

:snort: Your comment about "Malicious Moments" got me chuckling... because I was given a LOT of them and sold them for a righteous pay-back amount on eBay...

great play!

Diane said...

my husband is an ardent ebay shopper (we haven't tried selling anything yet).

love your bread box! We got a spice rack once.

Mrs. M said...

I agree: these things are so much more fun with a buddy.

Songbird said...

I hope my comment made it through...but if not, loved the bread box!

revhipchick said...

the breadbox is gorgeous!

wonderful play. your point about going with a friend is absolutely true. most things are much more fun with a friend.


LutheranChik said... have those little tea animals! Fellow Traveler has collected a few of those!

mid-life rookie said...

I was just wondering about the little animals. Tea animals??? Tell us more!

Certified Healing Coach said...

That's a beautiful breadbox!!