Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Garage Selling Days Are Here Again

Garage sales are funny things. You set yerself up a few tables full of things for which you no longer have a need and then sit back a'waitin' for someone to come along who will find some of those items useful. You use cheap round stickers to mark the price of each item and you post a few signs around announcin' your wonderful event to the world. Perhaps you even put an ad in the classifieds.

Now, let the games begin. Someone finds somethin' they like and then you haggle over a price and finally settle on somethin' way lower than you anticipated 'cause you knew that it meant one less item you would have to cart off to the local thrift store. Now that's the way we adults in the West do it. (Please put the emphasis on adults.)

Now, here's what happens when several younguns a git the notion that they want to have a garage sale. They, like you, ransack their rooms, a'findin' "treasures" which they no longer want and quickly fill up a table. They hand-make some signs for puttin' around the neighborhood and also a bunch of custom price tags. On the price tags, they list the description of the item like "porcupinish toys" and then put a price on it. In many cases, they are much more realistic about the worth of things than we are. $.01 each for the porcupinish toys. Many things are marked with $.01, $.02, $.05 and $.10. But, even better are the $.99 items - they do, after all, have a marketer for a father.

When asked if they have change to give people, they say they'll worry about that when they git there. Sounds like a man thing to say but hold it right there, theseuns is all girls! They must be listenin' to their pa too much.

Once they have everythin' in place, the real marketin' starts. "Garaaaage Sale!!!" "Cooome, get your bargains today!" "Eeeverything on sale!" They trumpet this excitin' news in their loudest voices up and down the street.

The day wears on and they've only had one customer. Hmmmm, what to do to attract more shoppers? Have a staged conversation! "Wow! I can't believe all this great stuff!" "Look at these great prices!" "Is this really only $.10?!" "Yes it is and we have plenty more." "This is a great garage sale!" All said in the very loudest of voices. Once again, they do have a marketin' dad.

Of course, they did forget one of the most important things - in marketin' we call it "place". You have to put your goods or services in a place (or time) when you have the highest chance of havin' potential shoppers lookin' to buy. In this case, Monday afternoon was probably their biggest obstacle. Not to worry, they are now a'plannin' a Saturday edition of the kids garage sale. Don't miss your opportunity to save big on items you don't want!


Lyle said...

I think we have garage sales more than once for the same reason women are willing to go through child birth more than once. We forget what it was like.

If I ever start fancying about havin a garage sale, you juz holler or give me a good ole dutch rub to help me remember.

Shelle said...

Okay at our house garage sales were impromptu...we would be cleaning out our garage on a Saturday afternoon and a car would pull up and say, "Are you having a garage sale?" and my Dad would say, "Sure, what are you interested in buyin?"

He would sale anything!lol!

Lori said...

Oh how I remember our yearly garage sales in Moab. I have never decided as an adult to do a garage sale, I just send all the stuff to the DI.

Mike H. said...

I am always amazed with the ferocity present at garage sales. People show up an hour before you begin and they will spend an hour negotiating a dime off the price of a lampshade.

Pappy Yokum said...

Mike - and the most hideous lampshade at that.

Lori- That's just downright unAmerican! Not doing the garage sale thing?! Next, you'll be telling me you make your apple pie with imported apples.

Lori said...

Now brother, I do not make apple pie from imported apples. I just do not make apple pie period. It does not come in a box. haha.

Jill said...

I like to use the online garage sale method.


We had an old dryer that we couldn't give away. I suggested to my DH that we list it on ebay for $5, and that way we could get someone to pay us $5 to take it away.

We had to haul it away ourselves.

Pappy Yokum said...

At first your comment had me going. I thought you were some internet business hawker trying to tell me how I could make millions selling on ebay. Then, the big line, "We had to haul it away ourselves." That's too funny.

On a more serious side, I hope you hauled it to your local recycling center. They probably would have paid you $5 for it.

Linz :D said...

so i really think you should post on this more.....so i know what's goin on up there....and then maybe i'll get a blog so you can know about down here ;D