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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Yard Sale vs. Craigslist

Okay, so about a week and a half ago I had a yard sale.  It was a little spur of the moment even though I've known for quite a while that I wanted to do one.  I just had to bite the bullet and do it.  

One of the few things that I love about my house is that it's small and doesn't allow for too much clutter.  One of the things I hate about the house?  It clutters fast!  So we went through the house and the shed and I felt fairly confident that we could host a solo yard sale and be okay.  Plus, the main incentive (in my mind) was that all of the money was going toward our trip in September.  

A few of the "big-ticket" items got posted on Craigslist first.  If you've never used Craigslist, I can honestly say that I am still on the fence with it.  I've heard people rave about it and I am not one of them.  Yes, I sold SOME of my items but the tradeoff was that a simple ad for a Levi Strauss denim jacket had my inbox bombarded with porn-spam of half naked women wanting to have a good time.

Seriously?  I still don't get the connection between the two!

Well, Michael and I set out that humid Saturday morning to sell our stuff and between the yard sale and the few items on Craigslist, we've made a little over $200!  Not too shabby.

Here's the thing about yard saling, though, that I could do without.  Snarky people.  Yes, snarky people.  You know who you are.  You want everything for a dollar and you are quite nasty in your approach.  I have this beautiful earthenware tea set.  It's got the pot, four cups and a serving tray.  BRAND NEW.  People honestly wanted to pay a dollar for it!  Brand new it's $40!  Now I'll be honest, there were a few things that I let go without too much of a fuss but some of the things...well, it was the attitude of the buyer and I said that I'd rather not sell it at all then give some rude jerk the satisfaction.

Probably not the smartest move when trying to make some money but there it is.

So, I've still got items listed.  Most of the big ticket stuff has sold.  I've since removed the Levi jacket from the listings and my email inbox has thanked me for it.

Do you prefer the yard sale approach or selling online?

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