Annoying Yard Sales

United States
June 14, 2008 5:41pm CST
I love yard sales but what annoys me is when people want to charge alot of money for their stuff. An example was two yard sales i went to yesterday where they had clothes and wanted $4-$5 for each item of clothing which was clearly worn and one had a hole in it. Another yard sale had picture frames the same picture frames i see in the dollar store for $5 each. I could go to walmart and get things at that price are these people crazy or just plain greedy ?
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
14 Jun 08
yes it is annoying seeing they are getting the mone tax free well here in Australia anyway, and seeing as it is considered to be where people can get a bargain..but it is also annoying the other way around, I have had 2 garage sales and had everything out so cheap and yet people want even cheaper that made somethings almost for free, in fact I was tricked a couple of times and had things stolen from the table...
@laglen (19782)
• United States
15 Jun 08
What a sad life if you have to steal from a yard salle huh?
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I think some people just get greedy. When I go to a yard sale 90% of the ones I go to are decent charging $.50 to $1.00 or clothings, thats what you expect when you go to a yard sale, atleast thats what I expect. LOL.
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I believe they are being greedy too. I went to one one time and they were charging like $5.00 for each sweater. I mean, I was suckered at some of these because I didn't know any better. But now I don't like to go anymore because I just think that they will be overcharging for everything, so why bother? I usally give my stuff away to Goodwill or whatever if the clothes are visably worn, you know with pilling on them. Should I try to sell stuff that has light wear and it is obvious it has still been worn? I mean, if it doesn't have stains and just has light pilling would you buy it? If so, what should I charge, like .50 each item - shirts, etc.? Please help, I am so new to this. Thanks!
• United States
15 Jun 08
Its reasonable to charge .25-.50 per item and if its a really fancy shirt like $1. Jeans that are in good shape are usually $1.
• United States
14 Jun 08
I think people get gred. Any way to make a buck. If they truly wanted to get rid of it the price wouldnt be so high. I walk away from yard sales like this.
• Canada
14 Jun 08
I think they are just plan greedy. Not only are you hauling the stuff away that they don't want, you (or whoeer buys it) is paying them money or it!!!!
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@emma412 (1156)
• United States
15 Jun 08
Maybe they don't know how to price things? I hate when I price things really low and people ask even lower. That makesme really mad because the price is already really low and I feel like they are trying to take advantage. I am only on this band wagon today because we just had a yard sale this morning! I marked a double jogging stroller that originally cost $200 for $50 andI had a handful of people complain that it was too expensive.
• United States
15 Jun 08
yeh people like to complain and you have to especially watch out for some antique dealers they are the ultimate con artist.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
15 Jun 08
If I go to a yard sale and I noticed everything is high-priced, I will shake my head and say out loud to no one in particular that the sale sucks with the high prices so I'm going to the thrift store where the same stuff is priced alot lower and then leave. I did that once and then had hubby go back later in the day to find that the person holding it heard me and lowered their prices. lol If the item is in great shape or still has the tags on it, I will pay a little higher price but no more than $3 for a pair of jeans for instance. My mom buys my daughter's clothes at select yard sales every year cause their daughter's are a size or 2 bigger than my daughter and can get awesome deals on almost new jeans and shirts for her when she is into that size. I have several large totes in my shed full of bigger size clothes cause of my mom's thrifty shopping. Every spring, my mom asks me what she needs in clothes and I clue her in on what my daugher's current tastes are in clothes so she knows what to look for.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
15 Jun 08
I know what you mean and it is annoying. I know when we have a yard sale, the clothes we sell for $1.00 to fill a bag. as long as the item is touching the bag $1.00. We will even get a bigger bag for them. Who wants to put all of that crap away. The first couple yard sales we had, I under price everything, I walk away with maybe a box. My mom and sister who thought I was nuts, still had almost everything they started with! I figure its taking up space and I don't want it anymore. If I make .10 it's better than what the garbage men give me!
@Elixiress (3893)
15 Jun 08
I think that that is quite reasonable for clothes, other than the one with a whole on. As I am from England, stuff tends to be more expensive here than in America and the conversion makes it £2 - £2.50 which is actually really reasonable for an item of clothing. I wouldn't say that they are greedy, just trying to make money, if people are not clever enough to realise they can get the same thing cheaper elsewhere when it is their fault not the person selling.
• United States
15 Jun 08
I notice that too.... same with ebay. They say a sucker is born every minute so I guess they figure they'll catch one of those suckers to pay an outrageous price for something that's clearly worn out.
• United States
15 Jun 08
On the flip side it is very annoying when I have a very good quality item for sale for $1.00 and someone asks me if I'll take a .25 cents for it. Is this something that regular yard sale goers say automatically?