Shoeaholic No More



June 2014



Successful Yard Sale

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I recently had a yard sale at my house. When we added it up at the conclusion of the yard sale, we had made $686 (profit)! I am so having a yard sale again!Have you seen my post over at The Pursuit of Riches? It’s about Compromise! I’m also posting about Saving vs Paying Off Debt over at Budget Blonde today! Yay for guest posts 🙂

Hey everybody! I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post where I finally revealed some more info about me, including my first name. I’m really excited to get to know all of you a little better.

So, as you all know, I recently had a yard sale at my house. The yard sale was a combination of stuff from my house, my mom and dad’s house, my grandma’s house and my cousin’s house. Luckily, we picked a perfect weekend weather-wise. It was about 80 degrees F and sunny the whole time. I got to work on a tan a little and soak up some vitamin D. 🙂

The bad news about this yard sale is, I totally forgot to take pictures of the stuff spread out at the beginning! We were SLAMMED with people and in the midst of that, I forgot about taking pictures to show you all. 🙁

Do you remember this picture?


This was taken in January, well before we had the yard sale. When we actually got ready to have it, we had about 2x this much stuff! Plus my cousin came over and had 4 card tables of stuff from her house to put in the sale. When we got all the table lined up on the drive way we had: 5 7′ folding tables, 6 card tables and 2 hanging clothes racks. Plus, we didn’t even have room to set everything out on the tables when we first started on Friday.

We ran an ad in the paper for the week of the sale, posted it on numerous area Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade groups, and put it on the radio website’s garage sale page. We had the sale on Friday from 2-7 and Saturday 9-?? (ended up being until about 1pm Saturday). I took Friday afternoon off from work to have the sale. I came home for my regular lunch and that’s when we started getting stuff out of my house and set up.

About 1:15 we had 30+ people show up to start shopping, despite the fact that we said it started at 2. This rush continued until about 3:30. From 3:30-5 we had a few people here and there and then had another rush right after 5 when more people got off work for the weekend.

Saturday morning we were able to put out some new stuff that we hadn’t had room for on Friday and spread stuff out so it wasn’t as crowded on the tables as it was on Friday.

At the conclusion of the sale on Saturday, we took everything that was left over and donated it to a local thrift shop. We were able to fit everything in the back of my mom’s suburban without removing the 3rd row seats (we just folded them down). That goes to show you how much we sold. We probably sold 3/4 of what we had out there.

When we added up the total “profit” of the sale, it was $686! Now this was split in a few ways, my cousin’s portion was $100. My grandma had a few things in the sale and she “made” $65. We spent about $80 on supper for everyone Friday night and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. The remaining was split 50/50 between me and my mom. I ended up with $220.

I planned on putting half of that into my Emergency Fund and the other half on my debt. But alas, the next day was the day my tires crapped out on me so my money ended up being used for that instead.

Irregardless, I am definitely having a yard sale again! In fact, we are talking about having another one at the end of the summer if we can get enough stuff rounded up 🙂

Have you ever had a yard sale? Was it successful?

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.


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