Rummage Sale

It’s that time of year again. Grass is starting to turn green, flowers are sprouting up while trees are start blooming, and the good citizens of NJ pull out their dusty stashes of hoarded goods, with hopes of selling it to a starry eyed treasure seekers, DIYers, and the like. It’s Yard Sale Season!!!!

We officially kicked off the season with a humongous church rummage sale (hosted by my home church- whoop whoop) and its really getting me in the zone. Ever since I was a youngin’ I have enjoyed looking through other peoples junk and can always find something cool. But I tell you what, running a rummage sale is a whole different beast!

I have to wrap my mind around “the shopper” and play this crazy back and forth negotiating game in my head to land on the perfect price, one that can withstand a good haggling but is low enough to deter anyone from really thinking hard about buying it. Eventually I got into a groove and was like a pricing Jedi. Workers would just call out a item and boom, I had a price. “Hey, I got a bowling ball in a bag.” And I be like “8 dollars.” Bam. Or “What about this 1970’s standing projector?” “Does it look clean” I’d say…and to a nod of their head I’d reply “4 dollars”…Like a boss.

All in all, I had a long day looking through other peoples stuff and I got some nifty little finds for under 10 bucks. Score. Plus, all the proceeds are funding missions trip to guatemala and the women’s retreat so…double score!

my little Lu testing out the vhs player and the rocking chair

my little Lu testing out the vhs player and the rocking chair

my kid was selling himself for $2...I told him he could get way more

my kid was selling himself for $2…I told him he could get way more

the chaos of sorting

the chaos of sorting

books, books and more books!

books, books and more books!

the wooden tool caddy I didn't get but still desperately want

the wooden tool caddy I didn’t get but still desperately want

Here’s a few tips for running a successful rummage sale

  1. Get stickers, masking tape, and tie on tags to put prices on things (you never know what items will hold what kind of tag.
  2. Use tables, racks, boxes or shelves to display items so they are at eye level or easy height to pick up
  3. Group items by category…Clothing, housewares, books and movies, electronics, large items, kids/baby, boutique (for pricy stuff), etc
  4. LOTS of signage, use bright signs to communicate to shoppers
  5. Bulk pricing to save on stickering everything. i.e.. all shirts $1, or all small toys $.25
  6. Have water bottles and cocoa covered almonds on hand…yum
  7. Ask for help. It’s more fun when you can chat with others and you can bounce price ideas off each other.
  8. Have lots of change and small bills ready for the cashier.
  9. Advertise well
  10. Don’t bring your kids like I did…what was i thinking!

my loot...two cool hanging baskets, 1 pitcher, 1 homemade tablecloth, and killer boots all for $4!!

my loot…two cool hanging baskets, 1 pitcher, 1 homemade tablecloth, and killer boots all for $4!!

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