|Forum topic by MarkTheFiddler||posted 05-17-2014 08:18 PM||1042 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
05-17-2014 08:18 PM
I’m redoing the office. I say office but I really mean the room that caught all of our junk for years. I went ahead and put my entire DVD collection in binders and added a ton of shelf space to the closet. I had the 3 huge shelves I made years ago (not nice ones and the garage was already getting crowded with stuff from the room). Where the heck was I going to put them.
I just said enough was enough. I put them out in the front yard and slapped together a sign.
I laid out a few tables. One said everything 50 cents. One said everything 1$. The sign went up. Nothing.
I threw some area rugs on the grass and set up another table. At this point – no body is stopping by dang!
I put the old grill out there. I committed that nothing was going back in the house. That meant a few trips to the thrift store. I was getting bummed out. Finally a vehicle stopped by and people got out. Miracle! They were just poking around but their child was eyeing a board game.
I said ‘Son if you want it take it’. Big smile. Then the parents started saying I’ll give you 3 for that – 2 for that 5 for that. I just said yes – yes – yes. They started smiling and thanking me. They took a bunch of stuff for very little – but remember my commitment? It was going to the thrift store anyway…
It took half an hour for the next vehicle. Again kids. Again I gave the kids something. Again 60% of my asking price. The grill disappeared.
I grabbed more stuff – an old bike, HF tools, old artwork, toaster oven and tons of stuff for the $1 and 50 cent tables.
The area rugs disappeared.
More stuff out – more stuff sold. But it was getting close to 1 in the afternoon. The shelves were going to the thrift store. Then one guys shows up. He looked at the shelves then saw the price – his eyebrows shot up.
He tried to wiggle them – sturdy. He hauled one to the sidewalk. It rested flat. He said ‘why are you selling these’ I just said life goes on. He said I’ll take them. I said I have a third. He said I’ll take that one too. He helped me pull the third one out of the office. We went through the living room.
Now get this – he looked at my southwest tables and said woah – I just saw one just like that on Pinterest. I remembered that lumberjocks was going to put one of my tables on Pinterest so I said “that’s the one you saw.”
How did you start into woodworking. Lumberjocks and some starting tools.
All the harbor freight starter tools sold.
The garage sale is over. I didn’t make a fortune but I made a lot of people happy. I got rid of a bunch of stuff that I couldn’t bear to throw out. Now I have to rearrange. It’s a really good problem to have.
Maybe – just maybe – we’ll be joined by another lumberjock. I think he caught the bug.
-- Thanks for all the lessons!