Sunday, April 15th, 2012

/yard sale sign/


Got up around 9:15AM, made it out driving by 9:41AM and went out until 1:52PM (with a 38min Taco Bell break) for a total of 3 hours, 33 minutes.

Spent $21.25 plus ~$9.24 gas for 33.3 miles of driving (14.6 mpg @ $4.05/G), for a total cost of $30.49.

We bought 20 items – 21 if you count each ice tray separately – for a total estimated value of $153.08, leading to a profit/savings of $122.59 (which is at least $135 before taxes; 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 $34.53/hr as a couple or $17.27/hr per person.


Meh. Felt like the sales weren’t dense enough this week, plus we didn’t take the most efficient circuit around things.

Fight? Some dude was in way too much of a rush to get to a red light, tried to pass me on the right without signaling as I got into the right turn lane (granted I didn’t signal either, but still, you don’t need to be speeding up to a mandatory slowdown), then failing to pass me because I was getting in the right lane, so he got back on the left, passed me, got in front of me — to get up to the same red light. Yeah, he got flicked off. Then he was trying to slow down and let me pass him on the road, I guess to get behind me. Of course I rolled down the window and told him to learn to fucking drive. He just kept telling me to get out of the car. But he was in a left lane, and I a right lane. He had a lot more to lose dicking around flexing his muscles, so he drove off to not miss his left turn arrow. It’s always amazing the shitty drivers who want to fight you because you flicked them off for shitty driving.

Thanking a cop?! Still later, another douche passed a bunch of people on the wrong side of the road in the access road to get out of taco bell. It was a very obvious dick move, and I saw him have to hit his breaks twice as cars went by (it is a confusing intersection 5 feet away from an access road intersection, what he did was flat out reckless driving that endangered several people) … And bam! A cop pulled him over that second! This may be the first time in my life a cop has pulled over someone who *personally* pissed me off driving. Even though it meant missing the light, wasting 3 minutes, and having a much harder, more dangerous left turn, I still had to pull up next to the officer so I could say “thanks for pulling over this douchebag, officer”. He barely heard me, he was busy actually YELLING at the guy, which, for once, was enjoyably justifiable.

Retards? And what’s with the shitty signs this week? TONS of signs with a street name and no arrow! This approach works IF you have another sign of the same color in sight, but no. Just saying your street name won’t get people to your house. YOU NEED AN ARROW, FUCKTARDS. At least 4 signs were pulled down and thrown onto the street in protest. If you put a shitty sign up that wastes our time and gas, we WILL take it down to prevent anyone else from having their time similarly wasted. You’ve been warned, Shitty YardSale Sign Makers Of Planet Earth. Don’t go through the effort of throwing a sale and making a sign from scratch without, you know, taking the 2 seconds it takes to draw a fucking arrow.  It costs us $0.28/mi in gas so if I go down your shitty backroad for a mile to find nothing and come back, I’ve blown off more money than what we spent for a leather jacket and computer speakers. So fuck your shitty sign.


  • $15.00: Atari 2600, with paddles and controllers, with box, no power supply (EV:$45 if it had the power supply, but those can be gotten for $12, so $33)

    It was pretty cool – I offered him $20. Even tho these were $5 all through the 90s and most of the 2000s, their value is starting to go up as they fade into rarity. But then I noticed no power supply. I told the guy, “The only people who can use this Atari are people who already own another Atari.” That definitely got him to talk down $5. He gave us his email, but I don’t intend to contact him, because I don’t want to spend $5 and only need 1 power supply, and the Atari power supplies are so unsophisticated that they don’t really go bad.
  • $2.00: patio furniture umbrella base, beige (EV:$18) –
    Yes, it’s very weird to buy one of these without the accompanying umbrella. But they make great solar light stands, if you want to put someone where you can’t dig it on (i.e. on a concrete patio that is too dark to walk across at night)… And we already did this with our existing stand, so if we ever want to actually use our umbrella (assuming it doesn’t have a wasp nest up it like it does every spring), we’ll be needing a 2nd one
  • $1.00: Great Stuff, 16oz value size (EV:$5)
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    Was literally planning to buy some of this stuff to do an anti-mouse/ant/roach seal-fest … Assuming the can is still good, this is great, instant, real savings of money we definitely would have otherwise spent! :)
  • $1.00: rug, 72×46″, runner, purple, Mexican/Southwestern style (EV:$10)
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    Can never have enough of these, because they end up getting trapped under heavy furniture, as rugs like this are typically the only way we can move our heavy furniture around anyway :)
  • $0.50: speakers, computer, white, Creative SBS35, serial no: SW0035Q36506293? (rubbed off) (EV:$5)
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    Carolyn’s lust for computer speakers always confounds me. I don’t use them at all, and haven’t for awhile. But she’s always needing new pairs.
  • $0.50: funnel, #67016(6-F) 1pt – got for pouring spaghetti sauce into jars, but the hole is too small for larger meatballs, so this went to Clint’s Chrysler’s trunk instead (EV:$2)
  • $0.50: splatter screen pan lid/strainer, red handle (EV:$3)
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  • $0.50: book, Breaking The Bonds of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, by Barbara Bradley Bolen, PhD ($14.95) – how can I resist a great gag gift like this?
  • $0.25: ice trays, white, very flexible (2) (EV:$1) – we have enough, at this point we are now replacing hard-to-deal-with ice tray with easier-to-deal-with ones. We know what we’re looking for!
  • $0.00: jacket, leather, black, XS, Luis Alvear (paid $5, but found $5 in the pocket later!) (EV:$20)
  • $0.00: picture frame, 7×9 frame for 4×6 picture, chrome, “Stand By Me” W.T. Woodson 2002 Prom (EV:$15) – funny, someone’s custom prom frame
  • $0.00: lotion, Avon Naturals Gardenia, 250ml, 8.4 fl. oz. (EV:$1)
  • $0.00: snake, toy (female) – Carolyn grabbed this. For cats? (EV:$0)
  • $0.00: can of soup, Hannaford Vegetable Beef condensed, 10.5oz (EV:$1)
  • $0.00: lotion, Avon Fancy Feet, double-action cream, 3oz (EV:$2)
  • $0.00: grass/weed killer, KGro, 1pt, 8oz/709mL (EV:$2.25)
  • $0.00: insect repellent, Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus SPF30, 4oz (EV:$8.88)
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  • $0.00: polish, shoe, Griffin Allwite shoe polish, 2.5oz (EV:$0, because but the applicator was caked dry and useless, so this was thrown away) – were maybe going to use this on our white leather couch
  • $0.00: Vitamin E oil, American Fare, 1oz/29mL (EV:$4 [pic])
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  • $0.00: shower gel, Avon Naturals, Fuzzy Peach, 150mL, 5 fl oz. (EV:$6)

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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). (more…)

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