How do you know if something is in good, working condition, worth your hard earned cash? There is a lot of stuff out there that is worthless if it is not in good condition. So it is important to figure that out before selling and buying at a garage sale.
- If treasure (and that includes any and all treasure) in a garage sale does NOT work, it should say that on the item itself and its price should reflect that it does not work. (Essentially, it should be priced really cheaply for “parts.”)
- If a seller is unsure if an item works, presume that it is not in working order and price it as if it does not work.
- If and when asked about the merchandise as a seller, be clear that you do not know how or if the treasure works and suggest that the buyer also presume that it is not working. This is especially true if the item’s working condition is not obvious to the naked eye, like a CD with scratches, or a dish with cracks.
It is good practice to be able to show that an item does work. If you can plug it in, or otherwise demonstrate how your garage sale thing works (with batteries or otherwise), it will sell for a greater amount. (Do this demonstration in your garage only, for security reasons. Do not allow people inside your residential garage sale.)
This rule applies to damaged clothes as well. If an item has a hole or needs repair, do not try to pawn it off as your best merchandise. Point out the defect and price the item as if it has lesser value (because it does!)
It is bad business to deceive or cheat customers. (Think karma, dear readers.) It is not how life should be played and it is not how the garage sale game is played. There should be no lying, deception, fraud or trickery at a garage sale.
Most garage sale shoppers (including yours truly) has been “suckered” by an unscrupulous garage sale seller, not playing by the rules. It really does not matter if “only a dollar” is at stake. Taking the masking tape price tag off a shirt to wash it and finding 2 holes under the tag, makes it totally worthless. It can really damper the garage sale spirit and ruin the reputation of a repeat seller or selling organization.
Do the right thing at your garage sale and you will be rewarded.
Speaking of good works and good people, the Colonial Church at 71st Street and Mission Roads in Prairie Village, KS opens its doors to the garage sale public on Wednesday, at 9 a.m. Hundreds of volunteers have put together a nice sale in the larger gym like or meeting room, the halls, and various rooms off the hall, for your shopping pleasure. There is a unique display of art work, ranging between $5 and $100 or so. There is the standard fare of household, sporting equipment, furniture, clothes, shoes, books, CDs and DVDs, collectibles and more. Most of the clothes are on hangers. Most of the stuff is inside and there is stuff outside as well. Take note that it is kind of tight inside the building and parking can be tricky (easier to get in on 71st Street.) The sale runs through Friday. It will be half-price on Thursday and there will be a “bag” sale on the last day.
Enjoy the Colonial sale and let your Garage Sale Examiner know if you have ever purchased damaged, non-working goods (not at Colonial, of course.)