Furniture Flip for Yard Sale

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Tomorrow, my friend K and are going to put our stuff together for a yard sale.

I’ve got house staging décor, shoes, knick-knacks, and everything else to put out there, but my favorite thing is the furniture that I have to sell.

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I actually roughed up the chair with another piece of wood, along with sand paper. I used a combination of chalk paint and latex paint before adding Valspar Antiquing Wax and then clear Annie Sloan Soft Wax.

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If it doesn’t sell, I’ll try Craig’s List; if it doesn’t sell quickly, then I’ll try to consigning it at my favorite store, the Funky Monkey Vintage Store.

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This edge is my favorite feature of the mirror.

 

What do you think?

Did I go overboard with the farmhouse chic?

Let Yard Sale Season Commence! 10 Tips for Buyers.

Hampton Cove subdivision in east Huntsville.

Hampton Cove subdivision in east Huntsville.

I woke up early on Saturday for a very big event in town…Hampton Cove was having its yard sale!

Hampton Cove is a very nice subdivision on the east side of Huntsville, over Monte Sano Mountain.

I borrowed Lefty’s black Nissan truck and headed for town.

There were a lot of people who came to the sell, but it wasn't too crowded, and I always found a parking space.

There were a lot of people who came to the sell, but it wasn’t too crowded, and I always found a parking space.

I saw everything from leaf shredders, to foosball tables, to lamps, and everything in between. Not to mention, clothes, clothes, and more clothes.

My favorite find:  a Battenburg Lace table cloth!

My favorite find: a Battenburg Lace table cloth!

I am listing my 10 best tips and yard sale-ing etiquette:

  1. Stay off the homeowner’s grass. Remember what Mama taught you about that. (Especially don’t drive on someone’s lawn!)
  2. Remember what Mama taught about the Golden Rule? It still counts with yard sale-ing.

    I know that yard sale finds are exciting, but try not to get all Christmas-in-the-80s-Cabbage-Patch-Kid-crazy and start a fight over that Precious Moments figurine.

  3. Be fair with your negotiations. If something seems to be worth $10, go ahead and shell it out.
  4. Be safe. Again, I know that a yard sale is like a treasure hunt, but keep safety in mind. Drive and park safely so that there won’t be trips to the emergency room.
  5. Be safe Part II. Don’t get so excited that you trip over a neighbor’s curb or fall down a hill. This is another way to prevent trips to the ER and will go a long way to keeping humiliation at bay.
  6. On that note…Long ago, when I was in high school, my 10th grade teacher passed along a maxim from her mother: “Maintain your dignity.”
  7. If you see cute kids and teens selling lemonade, snacks, or sodas, by all means–encourage the young entrepreneurs! The sweetest 9-year-old girl with adorable freckles sold me some snack crackers. I was long over-due for a snack, and her endearing smile made it all worthwhile!
  8. On the same note, over-pay the kids. If a child is selling something–like lemonade, toys or whatever, I wouldn’t haggle with them. Some of them are even saving up for something special like camp.
  9. Use cash. Unless I’m purchasing a big-ticket item, I try to pay in cash. Two reasons: it will keep your spending in check and it will let you give the sellers “real money.”
  10. Remember your clutter pile. (Or clutter piles, in my case.) Before I left for the sale, I promised Lefty that I would think long and hard before I bought anything. We’re bustin’ at the seams with blessings, in our house.
White house where I found my Battenburg Lace table cloth for $10.

White house where I found my Battenburg Lace table cloth for $10.

Here’s a special shout-out for all of the nice people, both sellers and buyers, that I met at the Hampton Cove yard sale! Hi!

I really like this home.

I really like this home.

What do you think? If you have any additional tips, we’d love to hear about them!

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Antique radio.

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Old barn on Hampton Cove's golf course.  The HC course is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.  I recently wrote an article about it in "Life in Hampton Cove."

Old barn on Hampton Cove’s golf course. The HC course is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. I recently wrote an article about it in “Life in Hampton Cove.”

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This lady was uber-organized!

This lady was uber-organized!

This guy came away with a truck-load of good stuff.

This guy came away with a truck-load of good stuff.

I may make a Pin out of these cute sayings.

I may make a Pin out of these cute sayings.

Here is what I bought:

My Battenburg Lace table cloth at home.

My Battenburg Table cloth at home.

Look at this outfit that I put together.  It probably cost me less than $5!

Look at this outfit that I put together. It probably cost me less than $5!

My favorite book and flash cards for Princess Buttercup.  I think I paid $1 for both.

My favorite book and flash cards for Princess Buttercup. I think I paid $1 for both.

More of my table cloth.

More of my table cloth.

The focal point on my table cloth.

The focal point on my table cloth.

The Dingle-berry’s Guide to a Yard Sale Cost Profit Analysis

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I’ve never claimed to be good in mathematics. I’m doing good just to know my multiplication facts.

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Just the same, you would think I would be able to count up my profits from Saturday’s yard sale and figure out what I made versus the time worked and cost of advertising.

But I bungled that effort.

See, I had plenty of quarters to make change. Plenty of dimes, nickels, pennies. I had about $5 or $10 in dollar bills. $34 worth of small change to start with.

I just didn’t think that people would be wanting me to make change in return for a $50. For something that cost 75 cents.

My fault.

So when this happened more than once, I had to dash back into the house to find whatever $5’s or $10’s that I had on hand. I was in such a hurry to get back to the customers that I didn’t think. And I completely lost track of how much I brought out from inside.

Oops.

“So how much did you end up making?” Lefty asked me Saturday night, when I was counting my money.

I felt my face flush.

I'm sooooooo confused.

I’m sooooooo confused.

“Um…I don’t know, exactly. Maybe anywhere from $25 to $50?”

Lefty looked confused, but I did, too. Perhaps I did end up with $50, which isn’t that bad for a small yard sale. I got our house rid of some of the excess clutter, but Mom had given me some clothes to sell, too.

If you take what you earn at a yard sale, it can be very disheartening, considering American minimum wage.

I’m not so sure that one can look at it like that, though.

Doing a yard sale has intangible rewards. Like getting to meet other people. I got to pass out cards that advertised my blog. Princess Buttercup got to learn about free enterprise with her very successful lemonade stand.

Will I ever do another yard sale again?

Absolutely.

But next time I’ll have enough change.

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The World’s Shortest Yard Sale

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Well, it may not necessarily be the world’s shortest yard sale, but it will be short.  That is, I am going to be hosting a yard sale at my house, and it isn’t going to last for days or be highly publicized like the world’s longest one.  It’s only going to be on this Saturday. 

Here is the ad that I came up with for our local paper:

Find your treasure!

Vintage finds, dog crates and supplies, glassware, dishes, hand-made bracelets, jewelry, kid and adult clothes, grill stuff, scrapbook paper, s’more-maker, etc… It’s all here!

We may even have a good, old-fashioned lemonade stand!  See you there! 🙂

Saturday, 8/17/13.

Actually, I’m debating about putting it in my local paper.  It costs $17 to run the ad for two days: Thursday and Friday.  The last time I ran a yard sale ad, I queried my customers, and they all just said that they were following my road signs.  I may just do signs again.  There’s a $ General a few miles from my house.  I could post a sign there.

I’d like to know what you all think.  Do you think that posting the sale in the paper is a good use of advertising funds?  

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