Friday, May 30, 2008

Friday Five: Garage Sale

From the RevGalBlogPals:
Welcome to your irregularly scheduled Fifth Friday Five, hosted by will smama and Songbird!
Since will smama is preparing for a joint garage sale with her parents, and Songbird's church had a Yard and Plant Sale last Saturday, we have five enormously important questions we hope you will answer:

(cartoon from

1) Are you a garage saler?
Not so much right now. But in the past, that was how I got a lot of clothes and toys for the kids when they were little. Including a Victorian styled doll house, Legos, play kitchen, and a gazillion toddler clothes.

2) If so, are you an immediate buyer or a risk taker who comes back later when prices are lower?
I usually buy on the spot, particularly if it is something that I spot as being valuable and worth the money.

3) Seriously, if you're not a garage saler, you are probably not going to want to play this one. (That wasn't really #3.) 3) This is the real #3: What's the best treasure you've found at a yard or garage sale?
A set of French lead crystal (still in the box with the price tag) which, yes, we gave as a wedding gift. We're talking a $100 set of champagne flutes and I bought it for $5 when we were barely making rent... (Is that re-gifting? Is that tacky? Oh well... the bride loved them!)

4)If you've done one yourself, at church or at home, was it worth the effort?
Community/church ones are more fun. You hang out, talk, and then laugh at what people will actually buy. (Best garage sale moment EVER - Beloved Bearded Spouse and I were given the world's UGLIEST casserole dish as a wedding present. It was a home-thrown ceramic/clay dish with a lid -- that didn't fit. It had swirls of brown, green, blue and atomic puke pink. And someone BOUGHT IT for $5!!! For a wedding present!!! I think it is still out there, being sold by the next bride that gets it.)

5) Can you bring yourself to haggle?
No. I get tired of people who want you to knock off bucks off of things that are already priced cheap... Besides, when I have organized a garage sale, there is a charity pick-up scheduled for the next possible day already, so it's not like "everything must go."

BONUS: For the true aficionado: Please discuss the impact of Ebay, Craig's List, Freecycle, etc... on the church or home yard/garage sale.
It depends on the item. Nice things don't go easily on Craig's List or Freecycle, even with pictures. Big things, however, do. And broken things do!! People get greedy.

And eBay? I still can't believe how I was able to sell Precious Moments figurines for $20 a pop, because no one even LOOKED at them at a garage sale! But ONLY on eBay could you buy this piece of toast:

Ah... America...
Land of the free. Home of the deranged...



Auntie Knickers said...

Great play! Love the stories about the two wedding presents. (And no, I don't think it was tacky to give the champagne flutes. You put more thought into it than just clicking on the bridal registry entry, after all.)

Mrs. M said...

Deb, this is an awesome play. I giggled the whole way through.

Songbird said...

I agree with Auntie Knickers. That's smart shopping!

DogBlogger said...

Michael. Jackson. Toast?

Oh my...

Sally said...

love this play- and here in the UK one enterprising church sold the hole in its roof on e-bay and raised £20,000!!!! nothing like the mad English!!!

RevDrKate said...

Too funny, just goes to show you one person's trash is another's treasure.

DebD said...

How funny that you had this today. I just got back from helping out at the first day of our parish 2 day rummage sale.

I used to be more of a yard saler too. And to be honest, I think that's Debra Winger in the toast. LOL

Certified Healing Coach said...

I just can't believe you got French lead crystal for $5!!

That is amazing!

The Swandive said...

#1 I Heart HEART natalie dee and the cartoon is BRILLIANT. #2, your posts should come with warnings when they will make us laugh so uproariously. Rock on.