Yard sales are hard work to make a buck

The time has come for people to begin putting all their junk out on the lawn with price tags while trying to make a few bucks on the side.

The two things that get me about yard sales are people who think they can bargain with you and the hard work put into the setup of one.

What is the deal with people wanting to bargain at a yard sale? It just doesn’t make any sense to me.

The prices are literally already next to nothing, yet people still want to jip you out of a few cents.

Now I can understand if it is something big like a old computer priced for $60 and the bargaining powers are used to get it down to around $40, but trying to make people go down on a pair of jeans that are tagged for a dollar is ridiculous.

I’ve actually seen a person pick up an item that is 50 cents and try to talk the person who is selling it down to just letting it cost a quarter. I guess the point I’m trying to make is if you can’t afford to spend four dimes and two nickels at a yard sale, there is no sense in you even being out at these places.

The work put into actually having a yard sale is no easy task.

My mother has had huge sales in the past, getting rid of all the junk our family has accumulated over the years. When I was living at home it seemed easy to set up one, but to my surprise it is really tough work.

My wife and I spent last weekend at her parents’ home in Red Bay trying to do the same — make a few bucks off of our junk.

Wow, at the mess we had packed into their spare bedroom at her parents’ house for the past six years.

Last Friday night we pulled out all the stuff, shuffled through and found what was worthless enough to go into the yard sale. It took us three and a half hours to get the room cleaned and about 30 percent of it was trash, 30 percent was worth putting in the sale and 40 percent was keep sake stuff.

We really need to invest in probably two big cedar chests to put all of our keep-sake stuff in.

Friday, Amy did pretty well with the sale, making a good bit of profit from stuff that we either didn’t use or clothes that no longer fit.

Saturday was kind of slow though, and we still had a lot of stuff left over so we decided to give it another shot today.

If we don’t sale it all today, we plan on giving it to the thrift store Cornerstone Church of God has put together on Old Vina Road. Hopefully it will be awhile before we have another one because this one has really worn me out.

There I’ve said my peace. Until next time, Later Dayz…

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