/yard sale sign/ Our first time with a map and a plan! A local community yardsale was happening. I heard about it in the newsletter they put in my mailbox.

I emailed the coordinator. After hemming and hawing about participating myself, I got her to send me a spreadsheet of participants. I found the website http://batchgeo.com/ — which lets you paste a set of addresses into a field and puts them all onto a google map. So it took all of a few seconds to have a map printed out.

We traced out a route — and also analyzed it and determined that had we driven without a plan, we most certainly would have missed some. Plus, it turns out some sales didn’t have signs. Some poor coordinating — but we knew where they were due to the map.

We also ran into copies of the same map while yard saleing, as I had sent the link back to the coordinator, and she had used it in her promo flyers. WE’RE CONTRIBUTING TO THE COMMUNITY, lol.

However, the community sale was kind of underwhelming. We got through all 14-15 sales in a mere 90 minutes. (2 weren’t set up yet, so they were skipped.)
We got up around 7:15AM, made it out driving by 8:00AM (which turned out to be a bit too early) and went out until 11:22AM. However, we spent 9:32AM-10:30AM eating, going to K-Mart for a prescription and some soda, and buying $150 of stuff at the ABC store, so the total yard sale time was only 2 hours, 24 minutes.

Spent $12.00 plus ~$5.48 gas for ~21.3 miles of driving (14.2 mpg @ $3.65/G), for a total cost of $17.48.

We bought 14 items (17 if you split the 2-level plastic shelf, trash cans, ice cube trays) for a total estimated value of $155.44, leading to a profit of $137.96. To earn that much after taxes you’d really have to earn $197; 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 *post-tax* “wage” of $57.48/hr as a couple or $27.74/hr per person.
Lower than average wage this trip, despite an higher than average number of sales visited. It must be getting to be that time of year where the only sales being thrown are those that are being thrown as an afterthought as opposed to a necessity. The stuff just isn’t as good. Or maybe we’re all shopped out for this year. We were actually cold during a lot of this trip — so yard sale season is just about over.

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the haul

  • $2.50: liquor set, wooden lockable medieval style treasure chest, opens up to 2 decanters and 4 small shot glasses, all with amber glass. Sold on Ebay as “Vintage Apco Wooden chest Decanter set with shot glasses made in Japan” for $42 with shipping. Very nice set! (just the box without the liquor glassware would fetch $15+)Originally did NOT want this for me, but got it as a gift. Gradually, I realized I have to keep this for me even if I initially didn’t want it. This thing kicks ass. Though maybe I’d have given it to Dirk if he were still alive.
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my picture of it


Ebay's picture of it -- i like my dark glass better

  • $2.00: golf: putting green + automatic ball return, 19th Hole Eagle Deluxe Combination Set Model 1902-C made in 1963 (EV:$$10.44 using their shipping cost estimator to change the shipping to my zip code instead of the UK – can’t believe someone actually paid $58 shipping to ship this from US to UK! Item itself was $1.29.)


  • $2.00: golf: putting trainer, GreenHawk LPT Laser Putting Trainer  (EV:$16, used to be sold on Amazon)


  • $2.00: dvd burner, Philips, dvd8801/96;9305 046 68096, manufactured 5/2006 (EV:$25 if it works) – wtf kind of model # is that? Stupid OEM label b.s. probably
  • $1.50: trash cans (2), brown, step-lid, 7.5″x13″x13″, “SimpleHuman CW1331 Plastic Slim Step Can” (EV:$$36) – replaces some smaller trashcans in our house, allowing for even greater levels of procrastination

can't believe i found the exact same trashcan online

  • $0.50: shelf (2 levels), 24″x12″x7″h/ea, plastic, comes apart, white (2) (EV:$8)
  • $0.50: lamp, clip-on,1(EV:$comparable lamp for $11) — with “party light” decorated colored light bulb ($4, same bulb we bought on previous expedition, but with different colors)

comparable to this

  • $0.50: ice trays, white (2) (EV:$1) – the quest to replace harder-to-twist with easier-to-twist trays continues
  • $0.25: cube, purple (EV:$0.50) – just something to put stuff in
  • $0.25: flip-flops, purple, Creatology, size 7-8  (EV:$1)

Carolyn, how many pairs of flip flops do you need?!?!

  • FREE: spray bottle, hot pink (EV:$0.25) – Carolyn needs a spray bottle, and has for awhile
  • FREE: flower pot, black, plastic (EV:$0.25) – Carolyn wanted this for something

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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: moodlessness
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