With my wife and I selling our house, we also decided to take the opportunity to sell off a whole heap of our stuff. As luck would have it, the people who live across the road from us were planning on having a garage sale on the weekend and they kindly offered to allow us to sell some of our stuff with theirs.
I’ve only ever been to a handful of garage sales in my life, but after the weekend I might start going to more. You see not only was I able to offload a heap of stuff that I no longer needed for money – awesome! But my wife and I were also able to pick up a heap of secondhand clothes for my son, who is growing like a weed lately.
The woman who was hosting the garage sale has finished having children, and so she had lots of clothes she no longer had any need for. Essentially that meant that we picked up some serious bargains. In total we ended up buying $10 worth of clothes, most of which looked like they had only ever been used once, if at all. There was also another couple that managed to buy pretty much all of the rest of the kids clothes on offer for about $50 – they probably saved close to $500 compared to buying everything brand new.
It wasn’t just kids clothes they were selling either, some of the things included:
- Outdoor dining set – $20 (never used and cost $150 brand new)
- Exercise machine – $20 (never used and cost $200 brand new)
- Kids toys – between $1 and $5 (new some would have been up to $100)
- Board Games – between $2 and $10 (cost $30-$50 new)
- Beauty products – too many to list and i’m not expert on them to comment on the cost when new.
The one thing I did realise after the day was finished, was that you either want to come right at the start, or right at the end of the garage sale. At the start you have first pick, and can really find a bargain. At the end of the day people just want to push as much out the door as possible, so you can get great prices, but most of the good stuff will already be gone.