About a month or so ago, we decided to have a yard sale. Now, this is a decision we don’t take lightly. Because I. Hate. Running. Yard. Sales. In this venue, I’d much rather buy than sell.
image from Pinterest
They are a ton of work. Results are not guaranteed. And you have to sell things for super cheap to move anything. We’ve had a few less than stellar ones and have vowed to not repeat the experience.
But things were different this time. I could actually see the need for having one. My family is coming to visit next month and we need to clean out a bit. We had a few bigger things to get rid of as well.
So we decided to take the plunge. We took advantage of the time to really dig deep into our stash of inventory, listed and unlisted, and see what was worth keeping or what needed to go. As our piles of items to get rid of grew, I knew our decision was the right one. We had too much stuff to just donate.
Plus, we have a big trip planned as a family coming up next year. We have begun saving for it and we all decided that the proceeds from the sale will go towards that. That helped a lot because I knew there was a secondary goal attached to the sale too.
And it was a success! We had the sale in town at a friend’s house where there is great traffic. We had a steady stream of shoppers the whole time. While we sold many items for 25 cents, 50 cents or a dollar…those added up and a bunch of stuff went. Hubby also was able to sell some bigger tools which added to our bottom line.
The rains came around 2pm but we had done solidly before that so it wasn’t such a let-down. We didn’t even need to run it a second day.
All in all, the yard sale was totally worth doing. Yes, it was a lot of work. But what it accomplished was priceless! Take a look:
~ In the process of gathering and sorting items to sell we were really able to dig deep into our storage areas. We went through stuff that we had hung onto for too long. In some cases, it was items that people had given us. Items that were broken that were “projects”. Items that were not really worth our time to list. In some cases, our niches had changed and we were able to let go of those items that didn’t ‘fit’ us and our online shops anymore.
~ But we didn’t just get rid of stuff. We consolidated bins and had a chance to remind ourselves of some of the amazing stuff we still need to list! I listed some things as I found them. (go me!) Plus items were put in better places. They are less buried so we can’t forget about them as easily.
Here are some of things we had around here that I had put off listing. Don’t ask me why. 😉
This set of Denby dishes have been in my china cabinet for a couple years mostly because they’re awesome! And mostly because when I first found them and then researched them, I was a bit disappointed at how not in demand they seemed to be. They were designed by Kenneth Clark and have such a great mid century modern vibe. I just went ahead and bit the bullet and got them all listed. They are in my Ebay shop to get more exposure but they may move to Etsy in the future.
Waechtersbach Typography Set
This next fabulous set should have been listed long ago. They had some prices written in marker on the bottom which came right off with Goo Gone. So that obstacle wasn’t such a big deal. And while I couldn’t find many others in my research, they are cool enough they just need to find the right buyer. So I got the whole shebang listed too.
We had a stack of games as well. Not really my thing anymore, but I had done the work counting pieces way back when…so I got a couple Risk games listed and took pictures of some vintage games for Etsy. Here’s an RSVP game from the 1960s. It was complete and so I had to get it out there for someone to enjoy. ((But I had fun with it first and made a new Facebook banner with it too…lol..check it out!!))
Vintage RSVP game by the makers of Scrabble
All in all, it was an extremely productive endeavor. I have a clear view of what needs to be listed and where to find it. We packed up what was left at the end of the sale and I had no need to keep any of it. I had no emotional attachment.
We took a load to our favorite little thrift store and donated it all. Now the key will be not to buy it all back!!
How about you? Have you done a big de-stash lately? Does your inventory need overhauling or are you a discriminating shopper?