Sunday, September 12th, 2010


/yard sale sign/ Got up around 9-9:30AM, made it out driving by 9:47AM, and went out until 11:40PM, for a total of ~2 hours.

Total spent $11.50 plus ~$4 gas for 25 miles of driving, for a total cost of $15.50.

We bought 7 items – 2 that we really wanted [buckets!] – for a total estimated value of $69, leading to a profit of $53.50. To earn that much after taxes you’d really have to earn $76.50; 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 $26.75/hr as a couple or $13.38/hr per person. Not as good as our average up to this point in the year, but still worth going out.

We specifically needed buckets. I’d been kicking myself for not getting that bucket I saw at the side of the road another yardsaleing day — it was gone 2 hours later. We’d spend $3 on cheap buckets in the past, but they always broke. New buckets cost over $10. It’s ridiculous. These things are everywhere yet we don’t have enough. Problem solved!

  • $5.00: rice cooker, Sanyo, 293H EC-5 (EV:$27)

    http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/08/64/83/02/0008648302850_500X500.jpg

    is rice really better in these things? never been willing to pay full price to find out...

  • $3.00: hot cocoa gift set, includes 2 mugs, peppermint sticks, marshmallows ($10 tag)
  • $2.50: game, Sobriety Test, $19.95 price (EV:$15)
  • $0.50: shirt, striped sleeveless, pink (EV:$8)
  • $0.50: bucket, oblong, 13.5L (3.56G), will fit our mop better than my current bucket (EV:$10)
  • FREE: bucket, 4G (12″x14.5″) (this kind) (EV:$10)
  • http://http.cdnlayer.com/ec1images/raw/products/9/998081515_070109l_vin.jpg

  • FREE: plant starter – was in the bucket (EV:$4)
    http://www.geekbro.com/includes/siteitemimages/website/itemImage-811604-1-f.jpg

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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).
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I just dreamt I went to X-Day and there was some new person there who was arguing, and I got to use this concept against him. Modemac (who authored that post) was present, and everyone was happy to see me use his note to win an argument.

“Dreams… They’re the hurricanes that wash the soulfilth from the superdome of our nightminds.”
- Xavier:Renegade Angel
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