Picking Trash After Yard Sales


Despite trash picking since I was a child (read about my first trashpick here: http://www.trashfinds.com/?p=5), it wasn’t until a few years ago that I discovered the push-it-to-the-curb-after-the-yard-sale bounty of stuff. Or, as a good friend of mine calls it, “the yard sale after the yard sale”…

I get a little miffed in terms of people throwing things out rather than finding a way to rehome them, though I do enjoy the finds. When I see some of the prices people were trying to get, I can see why some of the items didn’t sell. I don’t get it – if you’re going to push it to the curb or haul it to a thrift store ANYWAY, why not take a lesser price? I’m assuming a lesser price was offered judging by the kind of items I’ve found that ALWAYS sell around here…if reasonably priced. For instance, the picture above is Maggie on a sturdy pet-friendly (pet friendly = washes & dries quickly & can handle Maggie spending ten minutes making a nest out of it before she lays down…) bandana blanket I really like, & had I been at the yard sale, I would have wanted to buy it, but it was priced about 70% higher than I would have been willing to pay. As a result of the high-priced-for-a-yard-sale-around-here sticker, I was able to trash pick it anyway…

When I have a yard sale, I price a few things so people can get an idea of where our prices are, but I don’t price 95% of what we have. The sheer volume of what we have to unload is certainly a factor, but when it comes down to it, I could spend time pricing, OR spend time picking & gathering more, so that’s what I’m going to do. I also like to have the option to alter the prices I’m thinking I may want for something according to the person (fine, I’m profiling based on personality & gut-feeling, but my stuff – my sale).

How about you? Whether you’re a buyer or seller at yard sales, do you like to negotiate prices? Would you rather see every item priced, or just have a general idea while at a sale?

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One Response to Picking Trash After Yard Sales

  1. Nina says:

    It doesn’t bother me if stuff isn’t priced. I have an idea of what I want to pay before asking the price.
    I almost always ask for a better price. Negotiating is part of the challenge and fun of it, so I do, unless the item is cheap to start with.

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