Saturday, August 21st, 2010

/yard sale sign/ Got up around 12:30PM, went to Home Depot, and made it out driving to yardsale by about 1:30PM or so, and went out until 2:30ish(?), for a total of perhaps just 1 hours.

Only spent $3.00 plus ~$1.50 or so on gas for roughly 10 miles of driving, for a total cost of $4.50.

We bought 9 items – 10 if you count the walky-talkies separately – for a total estimated value of $112, leading to a profit of $107.50. To earn that much after taxes you’d really have to earn $154; money saved (by not having to spend it) is actually worth more than we realize when the government’s cut is taken into consideration.

Anyway, this works out to a “wage” of $107/hr as a couple or $53/hr per person. Surprisingly good, even if some of the profit is in value that we don’t directly perceive. ($32 for a harmonica?! Really?!)

  • $1.00: garden shears, rusty, larger than our old broken pair (EV:$10, based on the rusty condition deducted from the $15-$20 avg cost of these–I have rust remover)

  • $1.00: walkie talkies ($0.50 each), Genex GMRS – serial # 074120714853 and serial # 074120714854, Cat No. 21-1873, FCC ID PM3MK1995, Model# MK2000 (manual here) (EV:$20, at least, probably more)

  • $0.50: harmonica, metal outside, wood inside, Hohner Blues Harp MS (EV:$32! No clue this was a “high grade’ harmonica [if there’s such a thing]. Surprised it costs that much.)

  • $0.50: magnifying glass, round ultra-generic [realized I had 0, now I have 2] (EV:$5)

  • $FREE: bag, cell phone, McGuire-Nicolas Work Wear, blue, with metal belt clip, 5″x3″ (EV:$14)

    this EXACT thing

  • $FREE: bag, camera, Bear Mountain Gear by Ryka, 6″x4″, with front pocket, had a small calculator in the pocket (Ameribano Mortgage Group) (EV:$15, new cases are ridiculously expensive, this is way better than the one we paid $30 for in 2001)
  • $FREE: bag, camera, generic, 2 inside pockets, one place for like a lighter, 7″x5″, non-removable belt loop (EV:$10,not as rugged as the others)
  • $FREE: mailbox, white, metal, bent, slightly rusty (EV:$5, more really, cause we’re on our 3rd mailbox in 10 yrs, so it’s a given we’ll have to buy another)
  • $FREE: screwdriver set, small — not as small as eyeglasses repair ones, but smaller than anything we have (EV:$1)

Yup. Nothing TOO exciting, but it’s good – we just threw away the $30 camera bag bought in 2001. We finally have a suitable replacement [we re-used the strap].

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* 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). (more…)