I decided to have a sale this weekend since there was a big antique show in the area and maybe people on their way to that might stop. I did sell quite a lot of items under $5. The big items, like furniture, I didn't sell one stick. One man that stopped said that odd pieces of furniture just don't sell. My feet hurt so much after 3 days of lugging that furniture around and packing up every night, it felt like I was walking on thumbtacks! Here's a photo of what I put outside. of course, there is more on the porch and inside.
Sales are a lot of work and one doesn't always realize your goal of making money and getting rid of stuff. If I was you, I'd donate those chairs-they are many styles and not enough for anyone to do anything with, and don't appear to be valuable. Then you wouldn't be lugging them in and out. If you have tried for over a year selling something and it doesn't sell, that tells you there's no market for them and time to donate or trash. People today are so fussy about what they buy.
They really are a lot of work, sorting through things, pricing and organizing and then finding a way to display so people can move around.
We always do very well at several hundred dollars worth of "junk", and amazingly it is the 50 cent to 5 dollar items that tend to make up the bulk of the profit. I also sell a lot of items on Craig's List. If it does not sell in one category, I will often relist it in another so shoppers can find it?
I too would donate the chairs if they did not sell, and be done with them.
I had two garage sales 6 months apart. The first one - NO furniture sold. We donated quite a bit to Salvation Army, but hung onto the best of the furniture (marriage sale - combined two households). The second sale - we sold the remainder and could've sold what we'd donated!
Placing the chairs on pallets - that's an odd way to display them. Wish I had one "odd" chair right now to go with a desk. Hmmm...you're just a bit too far away... I'll wait until I find one at an antique/collectible place. They generally sell for about $25 each.
Does this hat make my butt look big?
these are people coming in to one of my yard sales. I used to make lots of money but had them for at least 2 days.
I have a ton of stuff to sell but I can't do all the totin' and luggin' anymore. Plus we have no garage so the weather has to be good.
this was one corner. Everything was always priced. I think that makes a big difference in selling things. Also having it in the backyard and not allowing anyone to come in early used to really hype the thing up. Plus of course after awhile these were very popular.
I put the furniture on pallets so they won't get soiled or damaged by sitting directly on damp ground (it rained for two days prior to my sale).
Good idea to raise the chairs up off the ground. I'm surprised they didn't sell.
I've been disappointed with yard sales for the most part. I try to mark things pretty low but even so, people don't want to pay anything.
"Oh, I see you have this Longaberger basket marked $14.00; would you take $2.00?"
Still, I feel that at least I tried and don't mind taking the stuff to Good Will so much.
~Jean~ in garden zone 6b
That makes sense! I was just thinking that it would be a safety factor for your shoppers and it's hard to tell how sturdy a chair is setup like that. Of course, if anyone had been interested it would've been easy to move it to the sidewalk.
Does this hat make my butt look big?
I love the chairs and wonder why nobody picked them up. I have always loved the look of odd or accent chairs in the corners of dining room or living room.
Probably the furniture didn't sell because my prices are too competitive with what a dealer would want. They can't buy form me and make much more. The chairs in the front (with flower engravings in the wood) I was asking $50 a set and the larger, green upholstered set I want $75. The demilune table and caned seat 4-leg stool were $25 each. There is one caned seat chair that needs repair (not to the seat) with a "make an offer" tag.
Here are more views of my last sale:
I read a great article in an old issue of Victorian Homes (Oct 2010) entitled "A Collector's Market". On quote said "In most areas , Victorian furniture has become increasingly affordable..."
I loved seeing the photos of your yard sale. Your goods look very well presented, clean, organized and easy to inspect. Looks like things would sell very well...what were your prices like? We have had a couple of perennial 'estate sales' in our small town. I will usually go twice - on the first visit I find the prices are way too high and do not compare to goods of equal condition and value. I usually attend the next sale to see if prices have become reasonable (the sellers perhaps had a wake up call?) but the prices and goods for sale remain the same. After that, it seems like a waste of time to go again..
I think how reasonable prices are depends on which side of the cash register you are. The prices I have on my items seems almost "give-away" to me, but if I saw these prices at someone else's sale, I'd say to myself "How do they expect to sell at these high prices?"
LOVE going to sale but HATE having one! One of neighbors usually organizes one during the summer, and I briefly participate... get easily bored!?! I never put out any thing dirty, broken, or just plain junk. I price like I'd be willing to pay... and I'm frugal. When I get bored... I pack EVERYTHING into vehicle and take as a donation to a few local thrift stores.
A few summers back, had a few "big ticket" items. Knew what they cost new and what they cost online. Had a LARGE dog crate, 5-6 person wooden tobaggon, and sliding door insert for pet door. Knew each cost at least $150 new and were all in VERY good shape. Think I put a price of $40-50 on them... along with pics I printed out from various web sites. Not a single nibble?!? I gave them all to Good Will.
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