Sunday, October 25, 2009
Trash to Treasure
Growing up, we had garage sales at least once or twice a year. When I'd outgrow clothes or gotten tired of my pink floral bedding and my brother was over his Power Ranger phase, my parents would put out of garage sale signs and set up shop. And every time we'd finish, we'd take all the money we bought, and buy it on something our family needed. It didn't just go into savings or grocery money (booooring) it would go into something fun that we'd all get some enjoyment out of. So it only natural that as I've gotten older (and realized money doesn't grow on trees) that I've turned to reselling my stuff.
When Matt and I moved into together, we were each coming from 2 bedroom apartments and trying to fit into a 2 bedroom for the both of us. (I realize this should be enough space for 2 people, but we are slightly out of control with the amount of stuff we have.) I suggested having a garage sale. Matt said we didn't have enough stuff. A Saturday afternoon and what felt like three billion customers later, our garage sale was over. Grand total...are you sitting down? $1400! Yep, you read that right, we made $1400 at our garage sale, just selling stuff that we had planned to take to Goodwill. Crazy I know. (And yes, I later told Matt "I told you so.") Also, just this past weekend, I helped my parents at their garage sale, selling stuff that had been in storage while they were in England. No furniture, just little knicknacks, books, etc. Grand total for the afternoon? $600. Not bad for stuff they had absolutely not interest in keeping anymore. However, for those of you still skeptical, thinking you don't have enough stuff or don't have a house to have a garage sale, I encourage you to sell your stuff in smaller ways. I recently cleaned out my closet to free up some space and get rid of things I knew I didn't like anymore. I was on my way to Goodwill to donate the pile of unwanted clothes, but since I passed a Plato's closet on the way, I thought, why not just see if I'll get any money for this stuff. I walked out of that store with 43 more dollars than when I walked in. I drove straight to the nail salon and spent that money on a manicure/pedicure. Not a bad trade if you ask me. And lastly, don't underestimate Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. Matt and I decided to get rid of one of our couches, so I thought I'd post it both places to see if there was any interest. Within 4 hours of posting it, I had 9 emails and 5 Facebook messages. We sold it that afternoon and it was loaded up the next weekend. Hellloooo extra (and easy) cash!
So for all of you out there who think you don't have enough stuff to donate or sell, or think it's too much trouble to have a garage sale or that its takes too much time to post an ad to Craigslist, I say think again. You never know what you'll get for the stuff you don't want!