"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
View Poll Results: Garage/Yard Sale: To Price, or Not Price
Yes, post a price on each item 7 100.00%
No, let every shopper barter 0 0%
Voters: 7. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-03-2015, 03:39 PM   #1
Master Chef
 
Cooking Goddess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Body in MA ~ Heart in OH
Posts: 8,296
Question Poll: Yard Sale: to price, or not to price

Hi All!

I'm getting closer to having our garage/yard sale later this summer. But I'm in a quandary and I need your help and opinions. If nothing else, we ALL have opinions here at DC!

I hate to price things I'm getting rid of. I have a good idea what some things are truly worth. In other cases, I haven't a clue - or just don't care. Since it seems that everybody coming to a garage sale likes to bargain anyway, I'm considering not pricing anything.

Is this a good idea? Or will it totally blow up in my face?

Do you think I should Price or Not Price? Feel free to argue your side of it, too. As a shopper or seller at a yard/garage sale, a flea market, etc, what do you think works best?

Many thanks in advance.
__________________

__________________
... nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have... ~~~ LeBron James
Cooking Goddess is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2015, 04:50 PM   #2
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 18,894
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
If you hate the idea of pricing everything, then you probably shouldn't price stuff. That said, I hate bargaining, so I want to see prices. I know most people aren't like me. I go to a yard sale and buy things I want, if they seem reasonably priced. I don't want to dicker. If, on the other hand, I'm willing to take a whole bunch of similar items, I may ask if there is a better price for buying a bunch.
__________________

__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2015, 04:57 PM   #3
Executive Chef
 
Rocklobster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,794
How many items do you have to sell? Do you really want to talk to somebody about every one? That's a lot of haggling. If you want to truly get rid of everything, just price it low enough to sell, or as low as you are willing to go. People usually try and get it cheaper anyway, so you will still get your fair share of bartering. Sometimes I will just "forget it" if it is a small item with no price. Not everybody likes haggling over something worth a buck or two. It will end up just sitting there..
__________________
Rocklobster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2015, 05:19 PM   #4
Executive Chef
 
bethzaring's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Northern New Mexico
Posts: 4,603
I would advise to price everything. My strategy for yard sales is this. If I am putting things in a yard sale, I want rid of them. I price a lot of things for $.25. Some things go for a dollar. I sold a very nice microwave for $20. this spring. I did not want to deal with any leftovers from the yard sale so I priced things accordingly.


Are you trying to make money or get rid of things? These are different objectives.
__________________
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
bethzaring is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2015, 05:32 PM   #5
Chef Extraordinaire
 
GotGarlic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southeastern Virginia
Posts: 16,923
Quote:
Originally Posted by bethzaring View Post
Are you trying to make money or get rid of things? These are different objectives.
And this is why DH and I never sell anything well. I just want to get rid of stuff and he wants to make money. I agree with Beth and Rock.
__________________
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~ George Miller
GotGarlic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2015, 05:45 PM   #6
Master Chef
 
Aunt Bea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: near Mount Pilot
Posts: 7,009
Quote:
Originally Posted by bethzaring View Post
Are you trying to make money or get rid of things? These are different objectives.
I agree with this very important question.

If you have some collectibles or antiques price them individually and be prepared to haggle. As for the the rest of the stuff "stack it deep and sell it cheap"!

Group similar items, books, video's etc.. and post one sign on each group something like $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.

A table of $1.00 items.

Price clothing and linens at $5.00/bag to encourage people to take more than a couple of items.

Take the worst stuff and pile it up with a sign that says FREE! Don't be afraid to add to the pile as the day goes along.

Consider a three day sale and advertise rock bottom pricing on the third day. You can always remove some of the more valuable items that did not sell and focus on selling the remaining stuff.

When the sale is over don't put the stuff back in the garage, set it on the curb or take it to the Goodwill. Just let it go once and for all!

I guess the answer to your original question is a few individual price tags and lots of piles with one price.

Keep a never ending cocktail in a coffee cup to help calm your nerves!

Good luck!
__________________
Aunt Bea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2015, 06:12 PM   #7
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Katie H's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: I live in the Heartland of the United States - Western Kentucky
Posts: 15,170
I've always had the best luck when I've priced yard sale items. However, I have to tell you that when I am planning a yard sale, I know well in advance so, as I set things aside I price them. That way there's no last minute rushing around. I just keep some pricing supplies near where I store my yard sale goodies. Another thing pricing things does is to make it easier for someone to substitute for you when you have to go inside for a bathroom break or another task that takes you away from your post.

As others have mentioned, price things low to ensure you don't have to bring much or anything back into the house. Of course, if you have collectibles, etc., you'll have to price accordingly.

I've often placed a little, friendly, sign letting shoppers know that prices aren't cast in stone and that reasonable offers would be welcomed.

"Free" items and a box or table with 25-cent items suitable for children are also a bonus. The goods for the little ones allows parents to shop without having to wrangle their children and a quarter won't break the bank.

If you can, have an outdoor-safe extension cord handy so potential buyers can test electric items you "say" still work. Also, a handful of batteries from Dollar Tree is a good idea to have on hand so those things can be demonstrated as well. If the person buys the item, give them the batteries. Good customer service.

Another helpful thing to do is to have the instruction book/manual attached in some way to the item it belongs to.
__________________
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
Katie H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2015, 06:23 PM   #8
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 18,894
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
The problem with a table of $1 or $5 items, is I have seen people move stuff and I have seen people insist that it came from the cheaper table. I would just tell those people that it was a mistake or someone must have moved it. and you want the higher price.
__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2015, 08:10 PM   #9
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,408
I don't know if pricing or not pricing is the better way to go. I've had a couple of yard sales with another guy roommate when we wanted to clear out some stuff. I hated every minute of it.

So here's my take. If the money you make from the YS is important to you, have the YS and make the best of it.

On the other hand, if you really don't care about the money, box all that crap up and take it to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2015, 11:21 PM   #10
Master Chef
 
Cooking Goddess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Body in MA ~ Heart in OH
Posts: 8,296
Thanks, everyone, for your quick replies and suggestions.

Quote:
Originally Posted by bethzaring View Post
...Are you trying to make money or get rid of things? These are different objectives.
Is "both" an acceptable answer? I'd like to make about $200 so I can use it for a Samsung tablet. (Himself got one that we could "share". So far in a year+ time I've gotten to use it once.) After that, it's all gravy. A big impetus, though, is to find new homes for the items I do not want to move to OH. Since we'll be paying our moving costs, the last thing I want to do is pay for things I end up throwing out post-move.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
...If you have some collectibles or antiques price them individually and be prepared to haggle. As for the the rest of the stuff "stack it deep and sell it cheap"!
I like your "deep and cheap" logic, Aunt Bea!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
Take the worst stuff and pile it up with a sign that says FREE! Don't be afraid to add to the pile as the day goes along.
We've always had a "freebie" box. This time I might designate the entire front porch as "free stuff".

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
Consider a three day sale and advertise rock bottom pricing on the third day.
Two-days are the norm around here: Saturday, Sunday. About half-way on day two, I have posted a sign that says "50% off everything".

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
Keep a never ending cocktail in a coffee cup to help calm your nerves.
Cocktail???

Katie, I've been putting things aside in the basement since last summer. Not one thing has a price on it. I'm getting to the point where I need to sort, box up, and move things from the basement to the garage. Guess I'll smack a price tag on each thing as I move it from Point A to Point B.

In summary, I still hate to price -but I'll do it. There are just a few items that have enough of a real value (to someone other than me) to actually need evaluation for pricing. Everything else? Just want to move it out. Some things will be Goodwill-worthy, other things might be better for pitching in the long run.
__________________

__________________
... nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have... ~~~ LeBron James
Cooking Goddess is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
rice

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:27 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.