/yard sale sign/ Got up around 10:30AM, made it out driving by 11:11AM and went out until 1:53PM for a total of 2 hours, 42 minutes.

Spent $50.00 plus ~$5.56 gas for 21.5 miles of driving (14.7 mpg @ ~3.80$/G), for a total cost of $55.56.

We bought 18 items – 19 if you count each jack stand separately – for a total estimated value of $171.21, leading to a profit of $115.65.

To earn that much after taxes you’d really have to earn $165; 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 $44.07/hr as a couple or $22.04/hr per person.

THIS WEEK WOULD HAVE SUCKED! There wasn’t JACK! Then there WAS JACK [STANDS]!!! We drove a good 20 miles and only bought 2 items. We were just about to go home when there was an estate sale, and it ended up being a good one. Usually estate sales charge WAY WAY MORE for items than yard sales would charge. We’re talking 10X as much. But they also sometimes have things people would never sell at yard sales, such as useful tools (which men tend to keep until they die), food (which people tend to keep until they eat), and rarer items. This house was a PACKRAT guy. He had 2 utility rooms AND a garage full of tools. He kept his WD-40 straws. Crazy, crazy stuff. All kinds of tools, nails, screws, collectible antiques. We ended up getting a box full of stuff from it, having to make several trips to carry it all.

Pro Tip: When buying dead men’s liquor, make sure the bottles are capped. Pourers are a nice $1 bonus, but not when they cover your entire trunk with sticky brandy :/
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* $11.25: jack stands, pair, orange – now I have 3 instead of 1, yay (EV:$19.50)


* $11.25: ammunition box + bullet (2 of each) in display case, Parabellum – 2 ammo boxes with a single bullet on display, some gun manual page in German, gift for Matthew who said it predated WW2 (EV:$25??? [reproductions go for $13])

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* $3.00: broom, outside, large, “street broom” (EV:$6)


* $2.25: liquor, brandy, apricot, 10% full after we spilled it in my trunk (with *metal* pourer) (EV:$1.14+ $1 for pourer) (Yes, we actually managed to lose money on this, not even counting the fact that we spilled most of the brandy)


* $2.25: liquor, brandy, peach, 10% full after we spilled it in my trunk (with *metal* pourer) (EV:$1.14+ $1 for pourer)

* $2.25: Febreeze spray bottle, 80% full (EV:$4.80)


* $2.25: light bulb, halogen, flood light (EV:$7) How ironic, we just discovered an unknown outlet for one of these in our back yard.


* $1.50: saw, Stanley, folding pruning saw (EV:$8.29) – This is great for yard work. We usually use an axe. But some stuff is much easier to cut with something less focused — so we use a sickle. The sickle is amazing. But there’s some stuff in between sickle and axe level, and this is perfect for that. And this doesn’t damage things (I’ve broken my fence so many times hacking off kudzu with an axe)


* $1.50: tool, metal bastard file (EV:$3[deducted $1 because it’s not new and won’t be able to file as much])


* $1.50: weapon, pepper spray, Defender Plus Riot Control Agent (EV:$4)


* $1.50: battery charger, Rayovac, 3-in-1, model no PS3, (EV:$25)


* $1.50: bottle, re-usable, built in rubber stopper, West Germany Liquor brand, like our friend Paul J uses to bottle his lemoncello (EV:$4)


* $1.50: carpet cleaner, Kirby Home Care Products, pet stain & odor (EV:$10.34)


* $1.00?: brush, wire (EV:$1)


* $0.75: 2-to-4 outlet adapter (two-prong plug only, but we found a place for it already) (EV:$5)


* $0.75: moist wipes, Kleenex, Splash’nGo, box of 42 (EV:$4)



$3.00: ashtray, orange marbley rock, very large, rounded but bottom is flattened, very heavy — several pounds (EV:$25, but that’s for someone who would want something like this new, ours is way better than the ones at that link)


$1.00: leather leg shackles/ankle cuffs, spiked (2 rows), with chain — bulkier than minimalist, kind of awesome for $1 (EV:$15)

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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. For example, I estimate books at the cover value. 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).Mood: neckhurty
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