Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

/yard sale sign/ Got up around 7:30AM, ate breakfast at Burgur King, and started yardsaleing at 7:55AM. We and went out until 11:45PM, for a total of 4 hours (rounded up since driving to Burger King sorta kinda counts as yard sale time).

Total spent $19.75 plus ~$12 gas for 61.5 miles of driving, for a total cost of $31.75.

We bought 13 items – 15 if you count the pillows and jeans separately – for a total estimated value of $166, leading to a profit of $146.25.

That’s $36.56/hr as a couple or $18.28/hr per person.

And to earn that much after taxes you’d really have to earn $238; money saved (by not having to spend it) is actually worth more than we realize when the government’s cut is taken into consideration.

Also of note, our cumulative yearly dollars per hour per person dropped over $2/hr again this week (to $32.15/hr), suggesting that we’re not getting as good takes as we were getting at the beginning of the season (which is true, since we only got $18.28/hr/person this week). Did we buy all the cool stuff we need? Is it time to quit for the year? Nahhhh.

  • $6.00: pillows (2), leather, black, 15″x15″ – go perfectly with our 2 remaining leather couches! (EV:$$40, this thing is in like-new condition too)

  • $2.00: dvd, Secretary (EV:$3)

  • $2.00: keyboard & mouse, Microsoft Wireless Desktop 6000 (EV:$18) – The funny thing is, the people selling it had gotten it from another yard sale! We pay $100 for quality wireless keyboard + laser mouse combos, so this definitely saves future money!

  • $2.00: pool cue stick, Crystal brand, 20oz, nice leather carrying case (EV:$$28)

  • $1.00: pillow, microbead, red (EV:$$16)

  • $1.00: stereo + speakers, speakers are: 17″x9″, AK252/20, 8ohms / 3-way / 9071 902 52206 / SN#9209238, stereo is 14″x11″x12″, Magnavox model AS400M 3701, SN#14730122 (EV:$20 — c’mon, they are kind of dumb for selling this so cheaply! I may replace my rear speakers for my home theater with these ones!)

sorta like this but with better(?) speakers

  • $0.75: clock, alarm, Spartus, 8″x4″x3″, digital numbers 1.75″ high, easy to read, I already inherited and use this exact same clock from my grandparents when they died (EV:$10)
  • $0.75: lamp, clip-on, red (EV:$9)

  • $0.75: skewers (14), metal, 10″ assorted (some twisty, some not) [after seeing Eli buy a bunch for $0.25 at a yardsale we went to together, and then serve bacon-wrapped shrimp on them, I realized I must have some too!] (EV:$6)

  • $0.50: jeans (2), blue, 34×29 [hard to run into my size randomly!] (EV:$11 — these are used but should last at least half as long, and the cheapest jeans I ever got were $11 new, so this is worth at least 1 of those)
  • $0.50: thread, assorted colors [yes, we mend our pillows and clothes and such! waaaay cheaper!] (EV:$1)

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TOTAL ITEMS BOUGHT: 137-198, depending on how you count them
TOTAL PROFIT: $1,784.78
FREECYCLE: $225 of stuff for 1 expedition

* EV stands for “Estimated Value”, which I estimate by looking things up in Google Shopping/Google/Amazon/Ebay. I don’t always deduct for an item being used, unless it’s actually in worse condition in a way that matters. I also try to only count shipping if it’s the type of thing that would need to be shipped, and only if the price isn’t “fixed” (i.e. 1 cent items that cost $10 to ship would not be $10 in person).