/yard sale sign/ Got up around 9:45AM or so, made it out driving by 10:22AM, and went out until 1:05PM (minus ~25 minutes for a Burger King stop), for a total of 2 hours, 18 minutes.

Spent $15.70 plus $8.01 gas for 29.8 miles of driving (13.8 mpg @ 3.71$/G), for a total cost of $23.71.

We bought 6 items – 12 if you count each wrapping paper roll separately — for a total estimated value of $137.92, leading to a profit of $114.21. To earn that much after taxes you’d really have to earn $163; 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 $49.66/hr as a couple or $24.83/hr per person.


this. exact. guitar.

20110717 - yard sale booty - 4 - $5 HUGE cutting board - made 19950407 - IMG_3212

It's huge, and fills an entire drawer under our counter. Which is where we keep it! Retractable cutting board!

  • $3.00: costume: vampire cape (priced $7.99)
  • $1.00: shelf, 24″x11″x11.5″ (EV:$16 — I added $2 for the fact it was painted black by the owner)
20110717 - yard sale booty - 1 - $1 black shelf - before earthquake - IMG_3202

also functions as an earthquake detector! 5.8 will knock over some gargoyles ;)


these types of shelves are great space-savers and knick-knack-holders

  • $1.00: flip-flops, black, skull & crossbones with valentine eyes (EV:$5)
  • $0.70: wrapping paper, MerryBrite, 7 12.5 sq ft rolls ($0.10/ea). (Priced $1.99 * 7 roles = $13.93)
  • $0.00: stool step (2 steps), with build-in drawer, SpongeBob “Party Vault”, 13.5″x11.5″x14.5″ (wooden 2-step stools in general cost about $25, I’ll let the SpongeBob add the same value that it being beat up and damaged subtracts, and call it $25)

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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: wanting pizza
Music: KMFDM – Potz Blitz! (Harmonic Tremors Mix)