Saturday, August 3, 2013

Deflated-Yard Sale Bust

I really thought that when we held our yard sale over the weekend that I would see the dollars rolling in. We had great stuff for sale.  Good quality furniture, imported ornaments from Bali, designer clothes and all my Avon products were discounted to almost nothing.

People came in and looked through, most didn't even make offers! The items with the most interest were my mums old camera bits and pieces. As far as I was concerned, people only wanted junk, junk and more junk!

One lady even asked me how much a particular dress was and I said $10 because it was custom made as a bridesmaid dress sample and has never been worn. She screwed her face up like she had smelled something bad! I know that people are after a bargain but they are kidding themselves to get a $100+ for less that $10.

Admittedly I sold most of the excess Avon but it was for a pittance. People grouped  individually priced items together and wanted a bulk price. Realistically they got about ten things for the price of one.  A bit ridiculous, but the aim was to clear it out and make some money and every dollar counts towards our goals. Avon is also hard to move when people know that they cannot return it if it doesn't suit them.

I had one lady come and look at the couch only to tell me they were looking at several and she would call me if they wanted it. I figure if they wanted it they would have taken it then and there so I am not going to hold my breath. 

Another person emailed to ask the dimensions of my bedside tables as they were seeking lowline ones. They are definitely low line so i emailed back measurements, but then nothing further. I hate it when people waste my time.

So over the course of the weekend the profits were only $83.00 so while disappointing it wasn't a complete waste of time. I still don't think I'll attempt this again any time soon. I have had more interest just by listing on Gumtree and at least it can sit in my shed until someone wants to see it.

What frustrations you have had, or can you share any tips on creating a successful yard sale?