Monday, January 28, 2008

what has happened to the good old fashioned garage sale?

we had a garage sale yesterday. the weather was AWFUL, so the turnout was blah. we only made a little bit of cash, but at this point- a little bit of cash is better than no cash, so it's all good. right? right.

but dude. when did garage sales turn into these total freak show parades? i mean, i had people FIGHTING in my garage over some fucking toys. i think i even heard the woman snarl at the guy and hiss and maybe bite him. who knows. but it's crazy.

and these people came to buy things so they could resell them. i swear it. and i don't like that. because i want to sell things to people who genuinely want them. or need them. and i think in all of the people who came by, there were only 2 people that i really thought were coming to get things they truly "needed." you know, like perfectly good kids clothes. and brand new shoes. i'm not going to find those on ebay today.

but the others? i felt a little used and a little dirty at the way they pawed the stuff with dollar signs in their eyes. it made me not want to have one ever again if you ask me. i'd rather just donate it all. i don't know. it was just... odd. and kinda violating.

8 comments:

Becky said...

i am totally ANTI garage sales. i always donate what i dont want anymore. never had a garage sale. never will.

Alison said...

The only garage sale we ever had was to get rid of our baby stuff---perfectly good high chairs, strollers, pack 'n' plays, etc. I wish I would've just donated it because YES, the people who came wanted to get a deal so they could turn around and sell it for twice what they paid me for it. It's become a job for some people, I think. Hunting around at garage sales, fixing stuff up, and reselling it. Crazy. We made $400, though, and it was such a frenzy, everything was gone in about 30 minutes. :)

Karen said...

I never had a garage sale either, but I have sold some stuff on ebay. In fact, I got over $80 for denim jacket which I bought for $12 but never wore.

Starshine said...

We had one recently, and I don't think the people who came to ours were there to resell it. I guess even if they were, it wouldn't have bothered me too much because I figure it's still extra cash in our pocket and junk that isn't cluttering my garage anymore, ya know?

Jill said...

E-Bay is what happened. Here they have buyers that go to garage sales to pick up horse tack and sell it on e-bay for 4 times what they paid the garage sale person.

This guy gave me a song and dance about his kid needing a saddle for his 4-H horse class so old soft heart here sold it to him for $25 bucks. A friend told me it ended up on e-bay for $350 and it sold.

Fine if you want to take it and make a profit but don't friggen lie to me and bring your kids into the lie!

JayMonster said...

Yup, had the same exact experience myself the last time we went through it.

Between the eBayers and the people that wanted to spend under $1 for anything, it was enough to drive me to drink.

I don't mind the eBay people (hell I have sold a few items there myself over the years), but like jill above me said, don't lie about it with some sob story.

Andie said...

you can actually make more money by donating. because you can write it off on your taxes!

Just sayin....

tAnYeTTa said...

I am with you on the Garage Sale Madness.

Did the JW's stop by and pass out tracks at yours? NO? Well, they did at mine. SIGH!!!!!

http://www.tanyetta.com/2008/01/yard-sale-madness-its-only-cah-muh-dee.html