Monday, September 17, 2007

So There I sat...

... in a metal folding chair, at a table, in my driveway, for most of yesterday. My garage sale was open for business around 10:30 Am, and I shut down around 5:30 Pm. Let me get this right out of the way, the ustomers were not flocking to my humble abode to see what I had for sale. I think I brought in $148. Fifty of that went to pay for a garage sale ad I put in the newspaper, the rest was profit on things I would have otherwise given away, thrown out, or just left in my garage for years. Apparently I would have done better on Saturday had it not rained that day, Sunday turned out to be the same day that a local street fair was being held, and most people in the area who were out and about were at that, leaving me to sit on my butt alone for most of the day.

Still though I guess $98 profit is not bad for doing almost nothing. In fact I was encouraged and may try this again before the cold weather sets in. I learned a few things from customers about how to attract customers, and the first was not to use an ad in the paper. The second was to continue to use Craig's List, and the third was to make sure to post fliers all around the neighborhood on light poles, telephone poles, in supermarkets, and so forth. I will make sure to try that last one next time. Oh well, I guess I have more experience buying at them, than I do selling, but I am learning.

All the best,
Glenn B

3 comments:

jennifer said...

I have been told multi family also is a big draw, as it makes it seem like you may have stuff from 2 or so places!!
So have the in laws send some stuff over next time!

Oh and enjoy the 98 bucks, don't spend it all in one place!!!

Jungle Mom said...

Hey, a hundred bucks is a hundred bucks!!!

Glenn Bartley said...

Yep, it sure is, and I sure know how to spend it.