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With garage sale season winding down, it looks to have been a very frustrating year, sale-wise. A few weeks ago, my next-door neighbor, the people across the street and I had a mini-neighborhood sale. I think three cars stopped all weekend. I was talking to the guy next door afterwards and he said it isn't like they are stopping and not buying, they just aren't stopping! The items I did manage to sell I had to let go at a half to a third of the asking price, especially antique furniture, just to free up some space in the house. I still have my mom's 27-piece luncheon set for 8 of green Depression glass (Horseshoe pattern). I have a $150 price tag on it (eBay prices average $20 PER PIECE). Only one woman looked at it and offered me $80 which I refused. I wonder if it's worth bothering with anymore this year - I've noticed that after Labor Day, it's like someone turns off the switch - it's was bad enough BEFORE Labor Day. I think because people have gotten their school tax bills and/or are saving for holiday shopping. Now with the U S Govt shutdown, people will probably really be getting tight with their bucks.

 
Posts: 590 | Location: upstate New York, USA | Registered: Mar 15, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I still have my mom's 27-piece luncheon set for 8 of green Depression glass (Horseshoe pattern). I have a $150 price tag on it (eBay prices average $20 PER PIECE). Only one woman looked at it and offered me $80 which I refused.


Ebay has the world as customers. You had one woman. I bet if you had countered at $100 she would have taken it.

I went to a yard sale the other day, just because I know the man and wanted to give him some things. He said china was way down. No one interested in it. An antique consignment shoppe had told me the same thing last week.
 
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I've never seen that dish pattern before. That's rather pretty.

Speaking of eBay - why don't you try selling there? You could sell it as a set, but would get more for it piece by piece.

If you have the time and inclination, you could sell all of your small easier to package pieces.
 
Posts: 16479 | Location: Daingerfield, TX | Registered: Feb 07, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Even items I get "nibbles" on seldom pan out. For instance, I have 4 artist easels I took from my aunt's estate. An aunt on the other side of the family said she might be interested and to send her photos, but when I did she said she didn't want them. Another cousin said his wife might want them because she works at a center for the learning disabled and could use them in the studio there, so I also sent her pics. I am asking $20 each for the white one farthest left and the lilac one, $15 for the natural wood one and $10 for the other white one, or $50 as a bulk lot. I didn't hear anything, so I followed up on it. Cousin's wife said that unless they were a donation (i.e. give them to her for free), she wasn't interested.

 
Posts: 590 | Location: upstate New York, USA | Registered: Mar 15, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Give them to her. You need to rid yourself and your mind of this stuff. The stuff is dragging you down.
 
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Oh, yeah! Give them to her and she has to come pick up - do not deliver.

Or call your local school's art department and donate to them.
 
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Give them to your cousin-the learning disabled are worthy and probably don't have much fluff in their budget. Don't know why you hesitated to do so in the first place.
 
Posts: 3053 | Location: Michigan and sw Florida | Registered: May 16, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I gave away a Clayton Marcus sofa and a huge glass fronted cabinet last week. I have been having a lot of good luck or Karma since. I felt better after GIVING it away. The few bucks that some people will give for something will never go as far.


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flboy, you stated that well.
I love to find new homes for things, and the more I am generous about doing so, the more wonderful things seem to come to me!
 
Posts: 9429 | Location: Plains & Mountains | Registered: Jun 08, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I've had my last garage sale too. Anything usable is either passed on to friends or family. If it is an item that they would not want, then it goes to a local organization for the needy in my community where all is given away, not sold.
 
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I can't afford to be giving things away. Now that I'm retired, I need every penny I can wring out from my sales to live off during winter.
 
Posts: 590 | Location: upstate New York, USA | Registered: Mar 15, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Weakestlink,
But your general market seems to be telling you they are not in the market for the items you drag in and out several times a year at your sales. Still say, donate and let it go and find a different avenue for fundraising to help support you.
 
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If it doesn't sell...no matter how many times you drag it out it is still not going to sell.

Or how about at the next sale, get some red stickers for the last day and everything red-stickered is half price.
 
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