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Purging... also known as...

LuvMaerz's picture

... a garage sale!  Yes, after 7 years of marriage, I finally broke down and had one.  The sad thing is, 75% of it was my old clothing!  All nice, name brand stuff, but since I have gradually allowed myself to get "fat" 5 lbs at a time... well, there was just no use in keeping it around.  I am working on losing weight, but as my best friend said, "If we work hard to lose the weight, we should be able to reward ourself with new clothes!."  Agreed!

Anyone who has ever had one or been to one knows what it is like when the garage door opens for the first round of customers... it's nuts!  Some people are nice, some people are rude... but isn't it that way everywhere?  I only had one person that really tried to haggle, and she just wore me down.  I just couldn't take 25 cents for a new pair of $60 pants (which, by the way, I only had $1 on).  Thank God it is over.  We made a little over $300 (I had everything marked dirt cheap just so it would go), which was enough to buy a nice supper last night and pay for our little Amish-made oak DVD cabinet we just got... with a little left over.

 It feels good to purge, but I won't tell my husband I said that Wink


lillyofthevalley's picture
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 I love yard sales and thrift stores.  I mostly go to thrift stores these days due to gas and having a three year old...she gets restless being strapped in and out of the van.  I have three main thrift stores that I go to here.  Forget the salvation army here.  They charge and arm and a leg.  I can go buy it brand new for their price and the things there are worn out.  Once they had a dollar general item with the bright yellow sticker price still on it...they were asking a 1.00 more than it was brand new!!!  All our clothes come from there and houshold decortaions.  I get compliments all the time on our home over things that cost me a .25 to 1.00....then I love telling people what I paid...they don't believe me sometimes.  I find some really nice items. At my husband's work they are all about brand names and what costs what.  I remember one day when I was up there visiting someone was complaining about their wife spending a few hundred dollars on a shopping trip!  My husband said if my wife spent that much where she goes we couldn't fit inside our house anymore.  To me getting 20.00 for my trips is high rolling:) We are just frugal and simple people. 

Ebay and half.com are great for making extra cash.  I use to sell on half.com all the time and would bring in a 100.00 or sometimes over a month selling just books.  It started when I cleaned out a closet in our home and sold all of my husband's radiology books from college on there.  We made almost 200.00 off of everything.  I would go once a week to the thrift stores and my Mom would come with me to help.  I would buy old college books and they sold great.  I found nursing books sold the most. 

"He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." - Micah 7:19

Stay at home wife and mommy!

LuvMaerz's picture
Re: Purging... also known as...

"Aspire to inspire before you expire"

I have a bunch of my nursing books that I would like to sell, but wasn't sure how they would sell since I have been out of school for 6 years.  It is depressing to see the price tags on them and what I had to pay!  I had workbooks that I threw away that I paid $35-45 each for.  BLAH!

dcharrison's picture
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I think I am an exception - I hate shopping period.  Hate going to or having garage sales as well.  So just don't do it at all!  Think part of it is that growing up I never got anything new - it was always from garage sales, Salvation Army store or the Veteran's store and it was always 10-30 years out-dated.  I even started sewing just so that I could have clothes that were new & not someone else's throw-aways.

Cindy/KS

LuvMaerz's picture
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"Aspire to inspire before you expire"

That reminds me.... my husband was told by someone that our local Salvation Army is CHARGING people for bringing in donations now.  I find that completely NUTS!

Re: Purging... also known as...

I also do a garage sale once a year to get rid of 'stuff' no longer needed, used, or want.  Few weeks ago I was in the local post office and a man there had several boxes he was mailing out.  He also sold things on e-bay that he finds at yard sales and clearance racks.  He told me that he makes around a thousand a month doing this. He said that he makes a lot of his profit through the postage and handling he charges.  So this year one of my son's is going to try this instead of the yard sale, not sure if it will be worth it but will let you know.

LuvMaerz's picture
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"Aspire to inspire before you expire"

Yep, that is one of the problems with ebay... people way over-charge on shipping because that is one way they can make some money without having to pay ebay a percentage of it.  But ebay has done some of this stuff to itself, by increasing fees so much and making it almost mandatory to accept PayPal payments (which then they take another 4.9% from!).  I enjoy shopping on ebay (and my kids even own a little bit of stock), but they are nickle-dime-dollaring the sellers to death.  *stepping down from soap box*

I look so forward to spring/summer for garage/yard sales!  LOVE them.  But this year I am getting sort of picky what I buy... I have realized I have enough stuff without dragging everything I find home Wink

momof3letmebe's picture
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I LOVE yard sales.....having them that is!  I am all for getting rid of junk I don't need/want anymore.  We're having one in June at our church, and I cannot waitSmile 

A few years ago I started selling things on Ebay.  I did really well and made some extra money do it.  With postage prices going up, I don't think people are willing to pay that much for things anymore.....so I have yard sales!

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