Or are they too much trouble for what you get in return?
Recession Mama: This past beautiful weekend, my close friends had a garage sale. I envied them -- they were cleaning out their house and making some money in the process. Turns out, it took them a good week to get ready for the big event. They were pulling things out of closets and wielding a pricing gun far into the night.
On the day of the sale, they were up before 5 AM getting ready. The early birds descended just before 7 (the sale was to start at 8). My friends had priced their formerly precious possessions pretty low, but that didn't stop a level of haggling normally reserved for Turkish bazaars. Many of the customers they got were looking for something specific, old watches or coins, and when they didn't find it, they just moved on. Others would just scoop up armfuls of stuff and say "Four dollars?" My friends' kids ran a lemonade stand at the same time, which seemed to me a stroke of genius. But the garage sale junkies (who all knew each other) weren't much interested in the liquid refreshment, so the kids ended up drinking probably what amounted to gallons of lemonade, then spiraling out of control from the sugar.
We saw them all later in the day, after they had hauled the furniture back inside (the reason they had the sale in the first place) and dropped off a load of stuff that didn't sell at Goodwill. Total haul was about $230, but they said it wasn't worth all the effort.
I'd like to do my own someday, but would welcome some suggestions for a better experience. Anyone?
A former state deputy attorney general and current stay-at-home mom, Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla has three kids and ten years of experience stretching one salary to cover the necessities and more. She's all about saving money whenever you can, so you have it to spend on whatever you want!