Friday, June 17, 2005

Take my crap ... please!

I've spent all night preparing for a yard sale, which I can't help but think of as an elaborate, underhanded plot to get strangers to pay for the privilege of taking away my crap. If this actually works I may have to try that Ponzi scheme I've been thinking about.

Of course, while my wife would like to sell anything we haven't actively used in the last 40 minutes, I can't seem to break the sentimental attachment I have to certain very significant objects from my past. Which is my Elton John "Reg Strikes Back" concert T-shirt, my framed "Naked Gun" movie poster and my complete yellowed collection of Marvel Team-Up comic books from 1979-1983 have been moved to an undisclosed location for the duration of the sale.

Anyway, if anyone has any crap-selling suggestions they'd like to share, I'm all ears. But don't say put the stuff up on eBay. I'd have to take all the stuff to the post office, which flies directly in the face of my efforts to have it all leave my house of its own accord, preferably while I'm sleeping.

15 comments:

Mollenkamp said...

www.freecycle.org

except it's not really a funny comment. Sorry to be so literal as to avoid humor. I'll try not to do it any more.

Melanie said...
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Melanie said...

yep. i gotta move soon. I you do figure out how to get it to leave on its own accord, inform me.

why do we seem to accumulate so many things? DOH.

Kerry Woo said...

Curious, you wouldn't happened to be married to this lady would you?

http://wonderdawg777.blogspot.com/2005/06/crazy-ebay-mom-and-her-stuff.html

Devin said...

I say it's a very funny coment

captain_howdy_girl said...

I'll take the t-shirt.

the Witch said...

Donate & get a receipt. Done.

SeniorGato said...

K, crap selling suggestions.. put up a table, with stuff. buy some cheap little stickers you can write on, and lable the stuff dirt cheap. people will buy anything.. you might put an ad in the paper.. i know old people go on garage and yard sale runs. just make sure people know your there and your sellin.

Claude said...

To get rid of unwanted stuff, try having a yard sale. But before you do, start a rumour that you are some kind of recluse and there may be money hidden in your furniture.

Layla said...

we had a yard sale at my aunt's house yesterday and she pulled in over $1,600 !!! HELLO! Talk about a lot of stuff. She had lived in the same house for 60 yrs.

Glad I found your blog.

wasssa said...

Ok, this one is easy, just follow these steps:
1. Get all the crap you want to be sold into one big pile
2. Recruit some of the smaller, younger neighbor kids* (they need to be cute. This is key)
3. Dress them in rags
4. Send them door to door with wagons full of your crap
5. Have them sing songs from "Annie" or "Oliver" while giving the "sad puppy face"
6. Sit back and watch the money roll in as people buy your crap after being bombarded with guilt from the adorable, yet "penniless" children.
7. Buy the kids a candy bar as payment (no sweat shops here!)

*This works better if your neighbors don't already know the kids.

Note: This is sarcasm, don't take anything I say literally. Ever. :-P

G said...

Members of my family have had pretty good luck selling things on Craigslist.org

Just my two cents!

I do HATE doing rummage sales. I'm putting off doing the same thing as I type.

TaNeashia Sudds said...

The table idea really works. Recruit the kids, but have them separate the stuff into catagories like in the store. Let people bargain. If they think they've beat you out for the item, they take more stuff. Oh...don't take any personal checks. lol

alanaransley said...

We're not allowed to have yard/garage sales where I live, which is a master-planned community in Texas. I think it's so potential criminals don't go exploring through the neighborhood. Anyway, twice a year, for $50, you can get 2 booths in a parking tower for a community sale, and people wait in line for hours just to look at what other people are getting rid of. Consequently, the price of things to buy goes way up, so the seller can cover the cost of the booth. To combat having to do this, my area now has two online garage sales. You post all of your stuff online (one of the sites is free, I think the other one is $24.95 per month), and people email you with questions. There is no shipping to pay, in contrast to ebay, and people come to your house, pay you cash, and take the stuff away. As long as enough people look at the site, it's a pretty cool concept.

Lindy said...

How'd the yard sale go?