- I spent time with my friends: it was lovely to spend time with the Ms LiteraryFirefly, her daughter, Ms W, and Ms J-- I can't imagine a better team of women to do such a labor intensive project
- No more clutter in my house or garage
- Many items are being used in their new homes-- I love that I did not have to throw away usable items
- I learned I could donate all our old books to the library book sale starting 1 August.
But then there was the Bad
- Labor intensive. I shudder to think of my actual hourly wage (cleaning up the house, sorting stuff, cleaning, labeling, and the sale itself) and juggling a baby at the same time was tough.
- Early birds. The sale was advertised to start at 9AM. People showed at 7AM as I was setting up but before my coffee
- I'm a control freak. Thankfully my friends tolerate my control freak tendencies.
- Almost all the customers were lovely people. I really enjoyed talking and meeting so many interesting people, especially my wonderful neighbors. I also got to meet many nice people in the neighborhood whom I did not know.
- It was a lovely surprise to see some old friends who came to browse and visit, including one who was in town from the UK.
- We met a local family who just adopted 3 teenage boys from the Ukraine. My amazing sister-in-law (Ms LiteraryFirely) promptly gathered two huge bags of clothes to donate to them.
- But there was bad: I had a cranky neighbor who was annoyed that I was having a sale at all, claiming it degraded the neighborhood. However as I had previously notified my neighborhood association about my sale and my signs, I felt he was unjustified. Ah well.
- We had one other rude, possibly drunk customer. Thankfully, another customer told him to leave.
- Yard sales are a good project for a tight knit group of people whom you love. However, I can imagine that such a project would not be fun with people who are not team players. Also, someone has to take responsibility to keep track of what's happening when.
- Multi family sales are efficient as they spread the labor of the yard sale (making 10 yard sale signs takes more work than you would expect. Then you have to go hang them up). When someone was tired, they could take a break inside. Also, we shared costs of the permit and and thus got more bang for your buck for our signs (in addition to spreading the world of mouth to our friends). Clean up and hauling away the left overs to thrift shops, the service center, and consignment stores goes much faster among many hands (and cars).
- Also, by teaming with your friends, it is easier to get that critical mass of stuff that encourages browsing.
- I'm convinced that an attractive and organized yard sale sells more stuff. Ms W borrowed tables from the yacht club and that made it easier for the customers to look at everything.
- Good signage is key.
- Work with your neighborhood association
- You never know what will sell and what will not. Seriously.
- My system of color coded stickers worked! At the end, we only had 3 dollars which were unaccounted for. (Each person was assigned a color coded price sticker and all sales were noted on a piece of paper)
- Give away your stuff to your yard sale mates. I think everyone felt that they more gained from the stuff that they got (see loot) than they gave away. It is not worth scrapping over a few dollars among friends. My stuff went to friends who would use it, and I got some awesome loot.
- Give away your left overs, you will feel great!
My Loot (from with the Yard sale crew)
- Fire escape ladder from Ms J
- Lots and lots of books (including classics such as Dr. Seuss and Polar Express) for Bunny from Ms W
- Toys from Ms W
- Maxi skirt, cute tops, kimono top for me from Ms Literaryfirefly
- A Falmouth Clippers Underarmor sweatshirt for Maj. C from Ms Literaryfirefly
- A lion costume for Bunny from Ms. W
- A work bench for Maj C (Ms W), and mitre box (Ms. J)