Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Yard Sale Rules

My parents furnished a good chunk of their home with yard sale items and held their own mega-sales until their vehicle collision three years ago. And while the yard sale bug never really got under my skin, I do appreciate finding a bargain. Our subdivision holds a big sale every Mother's Day weekend here.

If you enjoy visiting yard sales, then you will probably find this handy Yard Sale Treasure Map helpful. You plug in your address and the program pulls all the yard sales posted on Craigslist - where the majority of people advertise these days - within a set amount of miles from your starting point.



Anything that looks awful at a yard sale will continue to look awful in your home.

Never buy health insurance at a yard sale.

There is only one set of junk for yard sales, and every family gets to rent it from a central office in Peoria and sell it on rotating weekends.

Decide in advance what you want to buy and how much you want to spend. Then completely forget about these rules at the first place you stop.

Remember, if you can't possibly give something away, you probably *can* sell it.

Try to avoid spending $20 on gas to drive around to yard sales where you will argue about paying $3.25 for a lamp marked $4.00.

[selected from ha life.com]


WORDS for YOUR WEEK: "One of the oldest problems puzzled over in the Talmud is, 'Why did God create goyim?' (a group of people who are not Jewish). The generally accepted answer is, 'somebody has to buy retail.' " (Arthur Naiman)


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