We are not accumulators by any means. We do have plenty of stuff in our household but most of it is stuff that we regularly use or has some sort of value to hanging onto it. However, having raised two kids with the youngest going to be three later this year, we decided it was time to purge. The pile in our basement storage room was more than halfway to the ceiling and taking up way to much space. It was time for a garage sale.
We live on the outskirts of town so we don't get much traffic in our area. However, our neighbors put on an annual multi-family garage sale that attracts a lot of people so this year we told them that we wanted to coincide with their sale. We shared an add, put out lots of signs directing people from both entrances to our community on opposing sides of the ridge and opened our doors for the same hours. Unfortunately for me, they were wanting to open their doors for four days from 8 to 6.
With the wife at work, that pretty much meant that I would be the one butting in 10 hour days selling my personal belongings out of the garage, not something I was looking forward too. However, I thought I could improve my lot by selling some of the pens I have been making and perhaps make a few more in-between customers. I was able to do both so I can't complain.
I did notice that I could judge a shopper by their cover as they were walking up the drive. With the stuff we had for sale, older women almost never bought anything. Younger women usually bought quite a bit. Older men were a mixed bag. Most were interested in my pens but I had a hard time figuring out which one would buy one. Being a penafile is not something outwardly apparent. Younger men mostly just stood outside the garage looking board while the woman in their life bought things.
All told, we cleared four figures which is about four times better than our best garage sale though I think this is only the third one we have ever had. I can't complain because that buys us a lot of nights out on the town. It also buys me a lot of space in our basement storage room which for me, is more valuable than the cash.