I hate yard sales. Not going to them . . . just having one. The thought of dragging all my unwanted stuff out into the front yard and/or the driveway and sitting out in the hot sun while complete strangers ruffle through my stuff and haggle with me over prices is enough to make me run screaming into the next county. For the first 10 or 12 years that Hubby and I were together (we’ve been together 24 years), my MIL had a yard sale every year over the July 4th holiday. Being the good daughter-in-law that I am, I would help her with the yard sale. Three days of sitting in the sun doing absolutely nothing and listening to complete strangers complain about the high prices, the poor selection, and haggle with us over prices. This went on until I finally got so fed up with the annual event that I told MIL that I just couldn’t do it anymore. I swore that I’d never help with a yard sale, or hold a yard sale of my own, ever again. And I haven’t.
Hubby and I have recently noticed that our cozy little house is getting a little crowded and we need to get rid of some of the clutter and the stuff that we don’t/won’t use anymore. Hubby suggested a yard sale and I promptly vetoed that idea. I think my exact response was pretty close to "No freaking way." So we are started selling stuff through online classified ads in our local newspaper and through some auctions on Ebay.
What a great concept. You don’t give up your weekend sitting in the hot sun waiting (hoping) for someone to stop and buy your stuff. You don’t have to drag the stuff in and out of the house every day. Put up an online ad or start an auction and there are actually people out there that are interested enough in your stuff to buy it from you. They send you money and you ship them your stuff. This is so cool!
But this wonderful concept has a few flaws in it. The bidders can send you an email to ask questions about your stuff. They complain about the prices and ask if you will sell it cheaper than the price listed on the auction/ad. They want to know if you will donate your item to their charity for a tax deduction if it doesn’t sell. They want to know if you will accept a check for significantly more than the asking price of the item then send the extra money back to them after the item is shipped. Yes, these are all questions I’ve gotten about the stuff we are selling this week. No, I didn’t fall for the extra money scam.
Since I’m trying to get these people to buy my stuff, I have to be polite and give a nice polite answer to their questions. But what I really want to say to these people is this –
"It’s not a yard sale!"
"If you don’t like the price or the shipping terms, then don’t bid/buy the item."
"I’m not looking to get rich from selling this item, but I’m not going to give it away."