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Garage Sale Discussion for selling stockpiles

vfnelson2 452 June 3, 2008 at 06:54 PM in Chat (2)
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It's that time of year again when Garage sales are popular. I have seen some discussion of Garage Sales in regular discussion threads, and perhaps there is talk of it in the BS thread, but I think it would be good to have it's own thread and people can add in the WIKI what sold for them and at what price - or what they will sell it for.

This way people having a garage sale can have a nice reference sheet and can learn from the mistakes of others. I will post in the WIKI info I have read.

Yes, I am having a garage sale this weekend at a friends work. I have read some info on another site and it is nice that they have their own thread for this.

Garage sales are not for everyone, please no bashing on those who wish to do it. It's a way to make money to buy more coupons and fuel your 'addiction'. LOL!

Mods, if you think this would be better suited in a different forum, please advise or move. I just thought it would be good to have a garage sale discussion and a WIKI to boot to help others.

Thanks!

Vicki

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I have a garage sale 2 - 3 times per year. I sell mostly my stock-piled items but I also have a few tables with regular garage sale stuff.

My neighbor just approached me and asked if I would sell some regular garage sale items for him at my Spring sale on consignment. I guess I don't mind doing this but I have no idea what percentage I should charge him.

Do other people do this? What is a fair percentage for me to keep? I don't even know what a typical consignment shop charges so I have no comparison.

I would love to hear your suggestions/comments. Thanks,
You'd have to keep track of what he gives you, prices, and which of his items sell. I have enough to keep up with my own items, let alone someone else's. Maybe he can set up on his own property or even yours and you won't have to worry about his things, too. Maybe he doesn't want to sit out all day.....
If its just a few higher priced items (to make it worth it) then it wouldn't be too bad, but other than that, I'd pass.
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Quote from GreatFun View Post :
I have a garage sale 2 - 3 times per year. I sell mostly my stock-piled items but I also have a few tables with regular garage sale stuff.

My neighbor just approached me and asked if I would sell some regular garage sale items for him at my Spring sale on consignment. I guess I don't mind doing this but I have no idea what percentage I should charge him.

Do other people do this? What is a fair percentage for me to keep? I don't even know what a typical consignment shop charges so I have no comparison.

I would love to hear your suggestions/comments. Thanks,
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You'd have to keep track of what he gives you, prices, and which of his items sell. I have enough to keep up with my own items, let alone someone else's. Maybe he can set up on his own property or even yours and you won't have to worry about his things, too. Maybe he doesn't want to sit out all day.....
If its just a few higher priced items (to make it worth it) then it wouldn't be too bad, but other than that, I'd pass.
I agree. I would not want to be responsible for someone else's stuff.
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What is a fair percentage for me to keep?
For all your time and trouble i would say 50 / 50. Anything less is not worth it.
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Quote from GreatFun View Post :
I have a garage sale 2 - 3 times per year. I sell mostly my stock-piled items but I also have a few tables with regular garage sale stuff.

My neighbor just approached me and asked if I would sell some regular garage sale items for him at my Spring sale on consignment. I guess I don't mind doing this but I have no idea what percentage I should charge him.

Do other people do this? What is a fair percentage for me to keep? I don't even know what a typical consignment shop charges so I have no comparison.

I would love to hear your suggestions/comments. Thanks,
I agree with the other's comments on that would be alot of work. I did a garage sale with my mom and brother's girlfriend and we split each transaction and kept track of how much each person sold. It was alot of math in the head and it ended up working out OK but I didn't have as much stockpile stuff as I do now. How about maybe just buying it all from him at a cheap price and then sell it at yours so you don't have to worry about that? Although you'd be stuck with the items if they don't sell and it still may not be worth it..

It seems that having regular garage sale stuff out brings people in then they see the stockpile things and buy more. I don't do nearly as much as most people here and I'm just starting the garage sales but I like going garage saleing myself and get stuff to resale at my own alot.
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Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions.

My neighbor only has a few items so it shouldn't be too hard to keep track of the $$. But still, it is extra work. Unfortunately, I feel obligated to do this because of my relationship with this neighbor. So I guess I will have to grin and bear it. I'm still not sure what percentage to ask for. I think 50 might be too high but maybe 25% or so.

I guess I need to talk to him again and tip-toe around the percentage issue and just feel him out.
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Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions.

My neighbor only has a few items so it shouldn't be too hard to keep track of the $$. But still, it is extra work. Unfortunately, I feel obligated to do this because of my relationship with this neighbor. So I guess I will have to grin and bear it. I'm still not sure what percentage to ask for. I think 50 might be too high but maybe 25% or so.

I guess I need to talk to him again and tip-toe around the percentage issue and just feel him out.
I do consign other people's stuff at my garage sale. I do 50/50, but I do all the work: tagging it all, etc. Some consignment shops go 60/40 (they take 40) and some are 50/50. You have the right idea to see what he is thinking- if it's just a few things that he already prices, 25% might be the way to go. Definitely smart to set the terms before the sale.
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Quote from GreatFun View Post :
I have a garage sale 2 - 3 times per year. I sell mostly my stock-piled items but I also have a few tables with regular garage sale stuff.

My neighbor just approached me and asked if I would sell some regular garage sale items for him at my Spring sale on consignment. I guess I don't mind doing this but I have no idea what percentage I should charge him.

Do other people do this? What is a fair percentage for me to keep? I don't even know what a typical consignment shop charges so I have no comparison.

I would love to hear your suggestions/comments. Thanks,
And don't forget some of his stuff might get stolen! My sister put stuff out at our GS and was adament that she get paid for what wasn't there any more cuz it must have been sold and we just didn't remember. I didn't want to make a big deal about it but I know we didn't sell all her stuff.
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I wondered if anyone could give me some ideas for prices! Thank you so much in advance!!nod The link below is the album. These are just a few that I have. Please reply to my post here and not my FB album.

https://www.facebook.com/media/se...tif_t=like
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I wondered if anyone could give me some ideas for prices! Thank you so much in advance!!nod The link below is the album. These are just a few that I have. Please reply to my post here and not my FB album.

https://www.facebook.com/media/se...tif_t=like
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HMMM.. Can't figure how to change the pictures from an HTML doc to a JPEG Since they were originally posted on FB!! Arg.. Thanx Cheapkate!
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Don't think It's working.. Maybe the 3rd time is a charm..I apologize for ALL the posts!
Was just browsing here but I think your issue is that you have people who aren't your friends blocked from viewing your profile page/pictures. Maybe try putting them on photobucket or another online photo sharing website.
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I wondered if anyone could give me some ideas for prices! Thank you so much in advance!!nod The link below is the album. These are just a few that I have. Please reply to my post here and not my FB album.

https://www.facebook.com/media/se...tif_t=like
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Was just browsing here but I think your issue is that you have people who aren't your friends blocked from viewing your profile page/pictures. Maybe try putting them on photobucket or another online photo sharing website.
Thats what I was thinking, Jen.

Sartman, why don't you just list the items like we do? It would be easier for someone to help you if they didn't have to go look at a photo of items (? is that what is in the link?) and then come back and forth here to list them as they reply. We're happy to help, but make it easier for us.
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Thats what I was thinking, Jen.

Sartman, why don't you just list the items like we do? It would be easier for someone to help you if they didn't have to go look at a photo of items (? is that what is in the link?) and then come back and forth here to list them as they reply. We're happy to help, but make it easier for us.
O.K thanx. I appreciate the help!
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