Saturday we held our yard sale, I didn’t think we had enough left to make Sunday worth sitting out all day. I called this the “Name Your Price” yard sale as I really couldn’t care less what amount of money we made, only that as much as possible found a new home. There were quite a few surprises in store, even to me. My daughter-in-law, even after two years of letting customers decided what to offer, is coming around after seeing the amounts that the dumpster finds were valued at by the buyers.
One of the biggest surprises, to me at least, is that this chair, while one person was interested, didn’t sell.
She hadn’t been out looking for a yard sale, but spotted this chair and wanted it. After measuring it realized the back was too wide for the spot she wanted to use it in.
The microwave we pulled from the dumpster was the first item sold. I don’t have a picture of it, when we are pulling things out I often miss photographing a few items. It was a small microwave, not even sure a large coffee cup would have fit inside. We were asked if we would take $10 for it. Happy to.
Almost simultaneously this shelf had an offer.
I didn’t show you this shelf as I just saved it Friday around dinner time. My new neighbor is still in the process of moving in. Her mother was walking this to the dumpster while her daughter was at work. Even with the two of us struggling with this we couldn’t keep it together. If you even barely bumped it the pieces would come apart. I still couldn’t let this plastic contraption go in the dumpster. When a woman came to me saying she thought this would be perfect to store her skeins of yarn on and offered me $1 I was relieved. I passed the dollar on to the neighbor on her way to work with an apology that it wasn’t more.
Yes, I gave the money to others that we made from their trash. It’s my little way of showing goodwill and showing them their stuff has value to someone out there no matter how non-functional it may seem to them.
The fan in the above picture was sold for $5. Happy to see it go.
The chair on the left didn’t sell along with the one pictured above. The other two were bought by a teacher who had looked all summer for wooden chairs she could use in her classroom. She shared with me that she had been so disappointed as every chair she had seen at yard sales until now were so rickety they were unsafe to sit on. I was thrilled to see the two go to a teacher who was trying to bring some comfort and sophistication to her classroom which is not the richest district in the area.
The remaining two chairs will be delivered to the office where I sell many of my finds.
What didn’t sell: the TV, I know most people want the flat screens; the suitcase, everyone who saw it wanted a carry on size and this was too large; the toaster oven, but today I offered it to the new neighbor who will be making the adjustment to no fridge and she was happy to have it; the George Foreman double grill didn’t sell either. These Items will all be listed on Freecycle this week, along with a computer tower and monitor my son left here when mine died.
This dorm-size fridge sold early on. The person who bought it is a local business owner I have done business with and volunteered my time to help on their festival days. She also wasn’t out looking for a yard sale. When she pulled out her money, saddened she only had $16 cash on her (plus some change) I told her I’d take the $15. She happily carried it away.
Having decided that another day sitting outside unable to do much but try not to look bored I asked a few neighbors if they had any use for the leftover items. One who is on a fixed income kept glancing at these chairs. I asked if he needed a chair, he did. He had a lawn chair for guests to sit on but it kept breaking. He didn’t have any money, but then again I didn’t ask him if he wanted to buy any thing, I asked if he could use anything. He was thrilled with the chair and kept promising to do something nice for me, which I politely told him he didn’t have to do. I pointed out I saved these from the dumpster so it’s not as if I bought them.
As he was walking away with his chair my daughter-in-law said she could use one to sit on the porch while the little ones were playing. I told her to take it. She knew she could have anything she wanted from the found items, why she didn’t mention wanting the chair was beyond me. But she’s happy and I think the chairs ended up exactly where they needed to be.
I’m pleased by the results, wanting to give my daughter-in-law some incentive to help me with my hobby of picking up tossed items I gave her all the money earned from the items she helped me to collect. She can use it more than I can. I think I saw a light bulb moment when she counted the money and realized dumpster diving can give her a few extra dollars for those little things the kids need. I think I just found a lifelong partner in my quest.
Did we make a lot of money? Well, that depends on what you think a lot is. We made $60 off found items. But what matters is that each of the people who bought one of these items was happy to get what they were looking for and the stuff given away, that was a success as well.
After a mainly boring day, thank goodness my granddaughter participated in the yard sale, she kept me entertained. I needed a creative outlet. The little one and I used up the last of a can of spray paint I had here on this sign I collected.
I have a plan for this, and will share it with you when finished. After a long day I kicked my feet up and began a new cross stitch this is a flower mandala. I’m enjoying watching the design take form on the fabric.