Hobbies & Activities


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Here is a list of what we got the first 3 times we went yardsaling this year (NOT yesterday’s huge take):
20160305: 2016 Expedition #1: (Spontaneous expedition #1–just one sale):
* $~3.50: spray paint (5 cans that averaged about $0.70/can)
* $0.20: watches (2), Powerpuff Girls, pink & blue
* $0.80: hand cleaner (8), Citrus Lotion with pumice, Gent-l-kleen, 2 fl oz
* $1.00: mug, plastic, Skull, purple
* $1.00: towel hanging ring, chrome, MintCraft
* $1.00: candy cigarettes, Victory
* $1.00: candy cigarettes, Stallion
* $0.50: duct tape, glow-in-the-dark, Firefly, IPG, 1.88 x 10yards, 077922994304
* $FREE: string, kite
* $FREE: grids (2), square
* $FREE: case, leather, 14.25×8.125×4
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20160402: 2016 Expedition #2: (Spontaneous expedition #2–just one sale):
* $5.00: hoe, flat, longer handle
* $5.00: hoe, flat, shorter handle
* $1.00: laser pointer toy, Interactive Pet Laser Toy, Animal Planet, 2201020 (2294965), 694202230466, 2015 Discovery Communications LLC, 1800-374-2744 (EV:$20.99)
* $0.25: action figure, Star Wars, Jar-Jar Binks, 2 bendable joints, 5″ high, LucasFilm LTD, 0325
* $0.25: action figure, Batman, rubber cape, malleable, 6″ high, “Warning, Do not throw out of water” (s06) Possibly some sort of water toy
* $0.25: action figure, The Flash, 5.5″ “Warning, Do not throw out of water” (s06) Possibly some sort of water toy
* $0.25: action figure, Sinestro, 4.5″, 5 bendable joints, (s04)
* $0.25: action figure, Superman, 4″, 8 bendable joints, 287908
* $0.25: action figure, Superman, push button for swinging arms, 4.375″
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20160416 – 2016 Expedition #3: (Dedicated expedition #1–a 6 hr quest):
* $10.00: fan (2), black, floor standing, Lasko, 5 blades, 21.5″ diameter, Type 18P, Black 1827/1829/1823
* $7.00: jack, hydraulic, blue, 20″
* $5.00: tool, Bypass Lopper, Corona FL3460, red, 33″ (EV:$30.41)
* $5.00: accordian, Schylling, red,
* $5.00: litter box, blue, covered, with door flap, 21.75×17.5×18.75
* $5.00: microphones (2), one doesn’t work, but get to keep the 1/4″-to-XLR adapter (12′). 1/8″ jack
* $5.00: Digital picture frame, 7″, Panimage by Panidigital, 512MB internal memory,
* $5.00: lights, silver orbs (3), QVC, I/O merch spheres, 3 balls, 8″, 6″, 4.5″, 20130430, SKU H199995 848 000 . Purchased from Laura & Pat Johnson, 5201 Chowan Ave, Alex. 22312-2025
* $3.00: boombox, Sony, CFD-222, cassette, cd, radio, ~22.5″
* $3.00: boombox, Vextra, VX973, cassette, cd, radio, silver, manufactured 201005, ~16×10″, does not have that good of a sound
* $3.00: boombox, Sony, red circlular, ZS-E5, cd, radio, aux-in, no battery cover, 10.833 diameter
* $2.50: bowling ball, Tigger, COT7061 VIZ-A-BALL, with Brunswick blue case,
* $2.50: bowling ball, pink, Brunswick Axis GEV1195
* $2.00: boxes (2), plastic, G.I. Joe, Name Rank Serial No. stickers, army green, 13.5×6.25×4.785
* $2.00: box, storage, combination, 10x7x7.5″, Vaultz Lock It Up, VZ00102, barcode 826030001028, http://www.vaultz.net (EV:$19.99)
* $2.00: clippers, hedge, red handle, 21″, 9″ nose
* $2.00: snow shovel, metal, black, Klondike True Temper, 24×10″
* $2.00: snow shovel, plastic, orange, with metal lip, 18×13″
* $1.50: pantyhose (2), nude, Hanes, Silk Reflections, Size AB, (EV:$8.00 price tag)
* $1.00: seeds, lima beans, Dunecraft, Peace Out Bean, 2012, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022, barcode 810017015474
* $1.00: tapestry, tie-dye, mostly purple, green heart in middle, “Heal The World. Cook dinner tonight. Penzy’s Love To Cook, Cook To Love, 94051, 27.5×27.5″
* $1.00: top, large, plays music, colorful
* $1.00: timer, lamp, Timex, Model No: 12-8800719, barcode 031323126917
* $1.00: blacklight fixture, 18″, black, automatic power-on, VEI, model # V801, prod date 201307
* $1.00: chair, camping, blue, low to ground It’s slightly broken, but still works (at least when we tested it at the yardsale).
* $1.00: decoration, Indian, wood, 10×8″
* $1.00: toy, turtle, stuffed, hard shell, Cloud-b, Reg PA-11308 (CN), 15×11”, date: 201111
* $1.00: toy, My Little Pony, g2, 2002, Strawberry Swirl, Glitter Pony with tinsel in her hair, front hoof has magnet on bottom and heart on ankle, had a picture frame keychain attached to it http://www.strawberryreef.com/Ind…/Name/strawberryswirl.html
* $1.00: toy, My Little Pony, g2, 2002, pink body, ice cream cutie mark, blue and white hair, front hoof has magnet on bottom (EV:$12.17)
* $0.50: toy, Smurfs, Crazy, 2013, McDonald’s
* $0.50: wax cubes, Better homes, butterscotch maple cream, 2.5oz, 6 cubes, barcode 877991003064
* $0.50: power outlet splitter, 6, 3-prong, Intermatic, Model No. EG63TIB/PT-10-3M, Clamping Voltage 400V L-N, N-G, 15A, 125VAC, 1875W, E115217, Date code: 00 09
* $0.50: power outlet splitter (2), 3, 2-prong to 3-prong, Leviton, Polarized Triple Outlet Grounding Adapter, 802-00698-W, still in packages, barcode 078477794012
* $0.50: bread pans (2@0.25ea), 9×5, metal
* $0.25: toy, My Little Pony, Apple Jack, real hair tail, 2.5×3.125″
* $0.12: lightbulb, green, Sylvania, 25W, 046135117145
* $0.10: reading glasses, brown, small
* $FREE: intercoms, Realistic, FM Wireless Room Monitor System, Cat No 43-208
* $FREE: bowling balls, duck pins, black with orange & yellow swirls, with case,
* $FREE: toy, Smurfs, Vanity, 2011, McDonald’s
* $FREE: charger, battery, GE, Charge 4, Nickel-cadmium. Model BC-4, barcode 4316812648. Includes 6 D batteries, 8 C batteries (EV:$12.99 price tag)

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SUMMARY:

Got up around 7:25AM, made it out driving by 7:54AM, and went out until 12:57pm for a total of 5h3m hours (AGAIN?!) (3h24m spent driving, 1h39m spent at sales).

Spent $26.25 plus ~$15.52 gas for 56.6 miles of driving (14 mpg @ $3.84/G), for a total cost of $41.77.

We drove to 40 yard sales, stopping at 25 (62%) of them.

We made 17 purchases (31 items) for a total estimated value of $320.02, leading to a profit/savings of $278.25.

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So in essence, we multiplied our initial investment by 7.6X.
(Also, if you think about it, the profit counts for even more when you consider that we have to earn $317 on the job, pre-tax, in order to take home the $278 in cash that we saved here. How long does $278 of disposable income take to earn, vs the 5 hrs we spent here?)
Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* “wage” of $55.10/hr as a couple or $27.55/hr per person.

COMMENTARY/ANECDOTES:

Clint’s back hurt, so Carolyn drove this time. Clint did the navigating, gathering of stats, and counting how many yardsales we hit and drove by. Usually the situation is the opposite.

Twice, Carolyn took 4 seconds to notice the light turning green (left turn green arrow, the rarest of all greens!). She needs to pay more attention. I’d have beeped if I were behind her :)

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We saw the solar system floor puzzle we bought last year.

“Yardfishing” looked like an interesting game, but we didn’t buy it.

We passed on some items, too: Simon & Garfunkel vinyl, a banjo that was also a tambourine for $3, smallest cello ever (it seemed way smaller than a normal cello). We also almost got a gavel after talking about how we didn’t have a gavel during a recent hangout, but decided against it in the end.

Carolyn missed $20 “cat walk” thing because she wouldn’t get out of the car, sitting in it, for like TEN minutes. Carolyn… If I’m at a sale that long, that means its good… So get out and join me! (She does this sometimes.)

“He puts the kid in skid.” – Clint’s comment about a kid who was running towards the street, who skidded and fell over. Carolyn was laughing for awhile about that comment.

Every year, we are reminded that “If the signage sux, so does the sale!” Particularly true today. If there is a mis-spelling, or a lack of arrows creating an ambiguity — it’s a virtual guarantee that the actual stuff at the sale will be shitty as well. Stupid people don’t have good stuff. Smart people do.

Awesome kitty cat pet session interupted by rustling in the bamboo. (It was a seal-point himalayan.) That cat was so friendly. The old lady told us how the cat was missing for 3 years and then she got it back because of its microchip. Her house was built in the 1700s, before Mount Vernon. Some of the windows did indeed look old.

THE BOOTY:

  • $5.00: throw, electric, red plaid, Sunbeam, M85AP E23623SP (EV:$29.96) – We already have one of these, but sometimes we had fought over who gets to use it, so it doesn’t hurt to have another.

  • $5.00: razor, electric, Philips/Norelco, 7145XL. (EV:$50.00) – We had recently spent $26.76 on replacement blades for Clint’s very similar razor

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  • $4.00: action figure, Iron Man, walking, talking, shooting rockets, remote control for your wrist, large, 12.75″ tall, 9 joints, 2009, MVLFFLLC, ours is missing the two shoulder guns and 1 of the missiles (EV:$13.00, but ours has the remote and 3 missiles) – Here’s a review that is pretty accurate: “He falls and he falls a lot.” They even have a video. Theirs walks more than ours did. This thing is pretty funny, though.

  • $3.00: sheets, queen-sized, blue, 1 fitted, 1 regular (EV:$20.98) We needed a queen-sized fitted sheet because one of ours had ripped, and another is slightly too small for our bed.
  • $2.00: game, top bowling game, Mespi Kegelspiel Birilli Skittles Jeu de quilles, art. 14500, http://www.mespi.com/ (EV:$98.90 euros = $130.94) – really hard to believe this is worth that much, but apparently this game originally came out in 1920, and that may be the price for an original. Still, I couldn’t find this, and some niche person who really holds this in nostalgic value might actually pony up that money. I’ll call this $50 to be a bit conservative.

  • $2.00: vent/register covers (2), wood, 13.5×5.5″ (2@$1.00/ea) (EV:$19.99*2=$39.98) – Unfortunately, these were too big to fit in our vents. Who can use these?

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  • $1.00: game, mystery game, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, still in wrapping, Sleuth Productions LTD, SL-100 (EV:$24.99, but ours is shrink-wrapped) – Could be interesting to host a murder party.

  • $1.00: game, Game Of Life: Indiana Jones version (EV:$19.99) – We got this with Steve in mind, but y’know what? This is a totally different game from the normal game. We’re gonna have to play this, actually!

  • $1.00: lightbulbs, (8@$0.12 each) (4 75watt, 4 100 watt) (EV:$4.37 for 6, so $0.73/each, so $5.83) – Not as good as the deal from Home Depot where the lightbulbs were $0.10 each, but still a good deal

  • $1.00: bobblehead, Star Wars, Boba Fette, Funco 2008 (6.25″ tall) (EV:$8.19) – Well, my name is Boba Fett, you know my shit is tight.

  • $FREE: toy, Pengiun, car, 1991, 3.125×2.375″ (EV:$0.99) – We already had this. Oops.

  • $FREE: toy, Batgirl, car, 1991, 3.625×2.25″ (EV:$0.99, but ours isn’t inbox) – We already had this. Oops.

  • $FREE: cup, Batman Returns, Batman & Catgirl, McDonald’s 1992, 5.625″ (EV:$8.99) This guy was getting rid of all his plastic cups from back in the day.

  • $FREE: cup, Batman Returns, Penguin & huge rubber ducky, McDonald’s 1992, 5.625″ (EV:$9.49)

  • $FREE: cup, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2), 5.125″, Burger King, 1990 (EV:$11.49, but we only have 2, not 3, so $7.66)

  • $FREE: ice trays (2) (EV:$2.00) We have enough ice trays now, but we thought maybe Clint’s work can use these, or Happy House.

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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).

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SUMMARY:

Got up around 7:45AM, made it out driving by 8:25AM and went out until 1:28PM for a total of 5h3m (3h16m spent driving, 1h47m at sales).

Spent $97.75 plus ~$14.58 gas for 54.3 miles of driving (12.7 mpg @ $3.41/G), for a total cost of $112.33.

We drove to 52 yard sales, stopping at 26 (50%) of them. We made 27 purchases (51 items) for a total estimated value of $770.52, leading to a profit/savings of $658.19.

So in essence, we multiplied our initial investment by 6.86X.

(Also, if you think about it, the profit counts for even more when you consider that we have to earn $770 on the job, pre-tax, in order to take home the $658 in cash that we saved. How long does $770 of disposable income take to earn, vs the 5 hrs we spent here?)

Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* “wage” of $130.33/hr as a couple or $65.17/hr per person.

COMMENTARY/ANECDOTES:

[Yes, writing in the 3rd person, because Carolyn & I co-authored this.]

Clint had shaved his facial hair into a handlebar mustache the day before… He had also added some fake blood coming from his ear all the way down his neck. This is something he does while drinking with friends. But then he decided to go yardsaleing like that. Also: Clint was wearing a Celtic Frost shirt with a prominent pentagram on it.

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The best part was when we went to a church bazaar. Walking inside of a church, interacting with youth volunteers, all while visibly “bleeding” and wearing a pentagram and handlebar mustache. Fun times.

Despite going go 26 yard sales, only two people total commented on the fake blood. Both were female. The one asked questions about who Celtic Frost was, and what kind of music they were. When we were walking away, she said, “Have a Celtic day!”

Also, a few people commented on Carolyn’s glow-in-the-dark Misfits shirt.

This whole expedition was amazing in that it was amazing that we even got out of bed… Friends came over at like 7:30PM, we were drinking by 11:30PM, and up until 4:15AM or so! Somehow Clint roused out of bed at 7:45AM WITHOUT EVEN FEELING TIRED.

When we got the bowling balls, and the car ramps, we arranged them in the trunk in such a way that the bowling balls kept rolling around inside the ramps. It was funny how much noise they made. Every time the car accelerated or decelerated…. You had a 1-second bowling ball roll sound. One would think it was the sound of damage being done if one did not know what was causing it.

We had to use Carolyn’s phone to navigate at one point because we’re dorks and didn’t think about how you could cross over Rolling Road and go straight. Derp.

There was a really nice-looking blue acoustic guitar for $50 that we didn’t buy. It was the nicest shade of blue I’ve ever seen on a guitar in person.

There were tons of Walking Dead graphic novels that we missed by 2 minutes.

There was a pair of the original Hulk Hands for $10. We could have completed our set, and we called Sean to see if he would be interested in the other one, but we all passed. They were being sold by a single-mom woman who was being kicked out of her rented house in 30 days, and she had all kinds of cool stuff (the swords, lizard costume gloves). Clint spent a long time talking to her, and she thought he was in his 20s. Nope… I’m 39, ma’am. (I didn’t actually call her ma’am.) She had all the Dragon Ball Z action figures that Clint bought to prank his DragonBall-Z-loving co-worker by hiding them all over his cube. (Only to receive an announcement 2 hours later that they were replacing our cubes with pathetic little kiosks.)

Clint saw the fur rug and asked for the price. When the man said $10, Clint consulted with Carolyn. She got out and looked at it, and they decided to go ahead and get it, so Clint paid for it. While Carolyn picked it up and started taking it to the car, the man yelled at Carolyn that she didn’t pay for it, and she pointed at Clint and said, “He paid.” Then the guy was like “Oh, I thought you meant that other rug…” He decided to go ahead and let us have it for $10. I wonder if Clint being bloody and handlebar-mustached had any effect on the negotiation of the situation.

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SUMMARY:

Got up around 10:30AM, made it out driving by 11:15AM, and went out until 1:30PM, for a total of 2 hours, 15 minutes. 1 hour, 1 minute of that was spent driving.

Spent $14.30 plus ~$5.08 gas for 15.4 miles of driving (11.5 mpg @ $3.79/G), for a total cost of $19.38.

We made 23 purchases (24 items) for a total estimated value of $182.05, leading to a profit/savings of $162.67.

So in essence, we multiplied our $19.38 investment by 9.4X.

(Also, if you think about it, the profit counts for even more when you consider that we have to earn $181 on the job, pre-tax, in order to take home the $162.67 in cash that we saved. How long does $162.67 of disposable income take to earn, vs the 2.25 hrs we spent here?)

Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* “wage” of $72.30/hr as a couple or $36.15/hr per person.

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COMMENTARY/ANECDOTES:

There was some event called the mile-long yard sale that we checked out. Not a lot of parking, and way more walking. It had its moments, but on average each person’s sale was kinda crappy. The ones in front of the single family homes were predictably better than the apartment-peoples’ stands in front of the school. Someone was selling TONS of old Batman comics for 25 cents each. So tempting, but I know I’d never get around to reading them. Damn you, internet! But they actually had good taste in music, selling a lot of albums I own (Ween, They Might Be Giants)…. I ended up buying a couple cds… Such a rare thing these days.

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THE BOOTY:

  • $4.00: massager, car-plug-powered, The Original Kool Kooshion (EV:$16.99) – for Clint’s car, so he can still have heated seats during the cold winter months where he will want to drive to work in the Bonneville due to it having remote start

  • $2.00: paint (2), 1 gal, Sherwin Williams, DTM Acrylic, protective and marine coatings, semi-gloss, b66w211 6405-17538, Bavarian Cream, 20120830 (EV:$14.98/ea=$29.96) – for our paint-the-roof-white project

  • $2.00: toy, drum machine, First Act Discovery, 08J150N (EV:$24.99) – for Sagan

  • $1.00: dvd, School House Rock! – Special 30th Anniversary Edition (EV:$14.40) – for future Sagan

  • $1.00: book, Java In A Nutshell – A Desktop Quick Reference (EV:$19.95 price tag) – might help me at my new job

  • $1.00: book, Java Software Solutions – Foundations Of Program Design – 3rd Edition, Lewis & Loftus, used (No price tag, so we’ll use the used value:$4.98 w shipping)

  • $0.50: lotion, pomegranate berry, Petal Fresh Botanicals, 600ml, 20.3 fl oz (only about half full) (EV:$4.49, but only half-full, so $2.25) – had sat for awhile, needed a bit of water added back to it

  • $0.50: cd, Hole – Ask For It, 1995 (EV:$3.44) – wait wait wait… Hole had an EP right before Live Through This? Why was I not notified!

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  • $0.50: cd, LunachicksBabysitters On Acid (EV:$9.17) – I like Jerk Of All Trades, so I’ll check this out – so rare to find CDs I’m interested in

  • $0.50: pillow, microbead, purple, valentine-shaped, Brentwood Originals (EV:$15.00 based on past ev’s) – will we ever stop buying these?

  • $0.30: shampoo (3), hotel-sized, Pantene Pro-V,(EV:$1.95*3 = 5.85)

  • $0.25: activity book, Cartoon Network – holiday banner and stickers, Christmas to/from tags (EV:$3.99 price tag) – Put the banner up (office clips + blinds valence), affixed all the stickers (speakers, computer, etc), and cut out the to/from tags to use next Christmas (usually we re-use ones or just write it on the wrapping paper, we’re not fancy wrappers)!

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  • $0.10: soap, hotel-sized, bath bar, aloe cream, Gilchrist & Soames, 1.5 oz, 42g (EV:$12.99 for 3, so $4.33 each) –  can’t remember the last time we paid full price for soap!

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  • $0.10: soap, hotel-sized, facial bar, aloe cream, Gilchrist & Soames, 1.5 oz, 42g (EV:$12.99 for 3, so 4.33 each)
  • $0.10: shampoo, hotel-sized, wild fig & ivy, Gilchrist & Soames, 1 fl oz, 30 ml (EV:$14.99 for 7 items, so $2.14 each) – It’s crazy how often we get to use fancy shampoo these days. Normally it’s dollar-store imitiation Head & Shoulders, but a 2nd washing with something nicer is fun sometimes
  • $0.10: shampoo, hotel-sized, rosemary & chamomile, Lord & Mayfair (EV:$10.95 for 10, so $1.10 each)

  • $0.10: conditioner, hotel-sized, henna and wheat protein, Lord & Mayfair (EV:$10.95 for 10, so $1.10 each)
  • $0.10: lotion, Showboat, 1 fl oz, 30 ml (EV:$1.13)
  • $0.05: ice tray, light purple (EV:$1) – this one is thin, so the ice will come out easier than some of ours
  • $FREE: battery holder & tester, The Battery Rack (EV:$11.95) – we already have 3 screwed to our wall. Don’t really need a 4th, but hey, it’s free.

  • $FREE: container, metal tin, 10.5×4.25″, winter scene (EV:$2) – already used to hold some cables that are in flux

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2012 STATS SO FAR:
TOTAL EXPEDITIONS: 16
TOTAL HOURS: ~61:03
TOTAL MILES DRIVEN: ~644.9
TOTAL MONEY SPENT: $589.14
TOTAL ITEMS BOUGHT: 388-526 (depending on how you count multiple-item purchases: purchases vs items)
TOTAL ESTIMATED VALUE: $5,199.84

* 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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SUMMARY:

Hadn’t gone for almost 2 months! Lost our steam.

This was an unplanned expedition — we woke up late, around 11:30AM, and decided to go to Burger King and a yardsale that was posted for Ravensworth Rd.

We ended up finding a few bonus sales that were never posted online.

As our main point was to get food and go to the Dollar Store, we only counted the time and mileage that deviated from our plan. This made the calculations a bit more complicated than usual, and there was some estimating involved.
We spent about 1 hour, 4 minutes yardsaleing.

Spent $2.00 plus ~$2.05 gas for 6 miles of driving (12mpg*0.8mi + 9.6mpg*1.7mi + 12.5mpg*2.7mi + 9.9mpg*0.8mi, all @ $3.79/G), for a total cost of $4.05.

We made 32 purchases/gets (41 items) for a total estimated value of $511.86, leading to a profit/savings of $507.81.
So in essence, we multiplied our $4.08 investment by 126X.

(Also, if you think about it, the profit counts for even more when you consider that we have to earn $558 on the job, pre-tax, in order to take home the $507.81 that we saved. How long does $507.81 of disposable income take to earn, vs the 1 hour we spent today?)
Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* “wage” of $479.87/hr as a couple or $239.93/hr per person. Absolutely crazy, record-breaking numbers today. But a lot of the stuff was valuable stuff nobody really wants or can use. Funny how that works out.

COMMENTARY/ANECDOTES:

Unattended yardsale that just had a sign out that said “free stuff”. Crazy amount of stuff. Where most of our stuff came from.

Guy’s pack-rat brother died of an aneurysm, so he flew out from San Francisco and basically had a yard full of junk. As we arrived late, he was pretty much giving everything away. Including 2 trombones. We took 1.

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THE BOOTY:

  • $1.00: chair, camping chair, tan, cup-holder, carrying bag (EV:$9.97) – Can’t have too many of these

  • $1.00: lug wrench, tire iron (cross/superior style, larger than last one we paid $1 for) (EV:$15.50) – Now 2 of our cars have upgraded tire irons, yay!

  • $-0.10: trombone, Bundy brand (EV:$75.44) – had a dime inside the case, so we were actually paid to take this :) – turns out trombone is like the easiest wind instrument to pay… I am surprised I could pick up on it so quickly, I’ve never been able to do ANY wind instrument outside of a recorder (lame)

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  • $FREE: duster, extendable, rainbow, Dollar Tree (3) (EV:$1.00/ea) – these definitely get used

  • $FREE: antenna tuner, field strength/SWR tester, Radio Shack, cat no. 21-523, new in box (EV:$13.50) – will try to sell/give away/look at fondly before throwing away

  • $FREE: clock radio, dual alarm, GE, model no. 7-4638B, 10x6x2″ (EV:$15.99) – spare alarm clock

  • $FREE: paint, spray, winter gray gloss, Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch, 12oz, 2/3 full(EV:$1.76 * 2/3 = $1.17) – our siding is grey, so this may come in handy

  • $FREE: battery charger & meter tester, GN Deluxe Universal, WY-108, 6.75×5.25×1.75 (EV:$10.00) – already have spare battery chargers, but at this point I’ll never need to buy one again

  • $FREE: battery charger, universal Ni-Cd, MW, MW398, orange (EV:$9.99) – already have spare battery chargers, but at this point I’ll never need to buy one again

  • $FREE: frame, 24.625×20.5″ (EV:$37.12) – largest frame we own now

CB STUFF!
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  • $FREE: CB radio, Realistic, TRC-449, production no. 70011686, serial no. 00055353 (EV:$15.00) – trying to sell on craigslist

  • $FREE: CB radio, Realistic, Navaho, TRC-431, Serial no. 73626390, including microphone, Realistic cat no. 21-1172 (EV:$19.99) – trying to sell on craigslist

  • $FREE: CB antenna, 46″: (EV:$16.95) – trying to sell on craigslist
  • $FREE: CB antenna, Anttron 1700, 6′, 10-11 meter hi-power, 2′ 3/8″ fiberglass rod w/ 4′ SS Whip, #14 wire, 3/8×24 thread, new in package (EV:$13.79) – trying to sell on craigslist
  • $FREE: CB antenna, Hustler, 1C-100 magnetic, 44″ length, new in package (EV:$24.95 price tag 16.75) – trying to sell on craigslist
  • $FREE: CB antenna, Firestik II 5′ 5/8 wave, model FS5, (EV:$15.95) – trying to sell on craigslist

  • $FREE: CB watt/SWR meter, Archer (EV:$13.99) – trying to sell on craigslist

  • $FREE: dustpan, standing/long handle, Dollar Tree 138996 (EV:$1.00) – now Carolyn can clean without bending down as much

  • $FREE: headphones (2), large ear/1970’s/studio headphones, Optimus, Nova-57, 1/4″ jack, 33-1056, left/right volume controls, new in box (EV:$8.54) – the ones I grew up with went bad, these are the best possible headphones. Not as comfy as modern headphones, but maximum sound quality, and seal your ears all the way around so you hear nothing else. What people use in studios and such.
  • $FREE: headphones, large ear/1970’s/studio headphone, Realistic, Nova 40, 1/4″ jack (EV:$27.00) – another one!

  • $FREE: headphones, Optimus, Pro 25, volume control, generic (EV:$1.25) – volume-control-build-in headphones are nice
  • $FREE: headphones, stereo, Dollar Tree 656041 0SSL4, 4′ cord, new in package (EV:$1.00)
  • $FREE: headphones, very generic (EV:$1.25)

  • $FREE: umbrella, clampable, plastic tablecloth-like material, yellow/blue flowers, green background (EV:$12.00 Dart Drug price tag) – Carolyn’s mom had just paid for one of these, so Carolyn insisted on taking it because it was free
  • $FREE: figurine, cat, metal (aluminum), 6″ (EV:$9.99) – dude selling his dead brother’s stuff forced it on Carolyn

  • $FREE: CD-RW mini disks, Memorex, 4x, 5pk (EV:$6.99 price tag 1.93) – like DVD-Rs, but smaller. Neat. Would never buy these, but very well may use them sometime.

  • $FREE: binoculars, Zenit, 25×60, field 7′, 148ft at 1000yds, ZE-IR (EV:$12.66) – we’re close to having a dedicated set of binoculars for every window-with-a-view in the house!

  • $FREE: microphone, ham radio, The Astatic Corp, T-UG9 Stand, 12″ (EV:$69.99) – VERY nice microphone. Unfortunately it only hooks to ham radios, and we can’t use it for the computer or karaoke.

  • $FREE: power strips (6), 6 plugs (EV:$6.99/ea) – we’d almost run out of these!

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  • $FREE: gas cans (2), 2 gal (EV:$6.18/ea) – my 5G one hurts my back and is too big. So we got 2 smaller ones for our cars, in case we ever have to walk to a gas station.

  • $FREE: light socket to socket+2 outlets converter, with pull, 718B (EV:$1.85) – useful, I use many of these to create extra plugs around lights. Great if you don’t have enough plugs in your bathroom, for example.

  • $FREE: carpet scrap, about 3’x2′ (EV:$5.00) – decided to keep this one in my trunk in case I ever have to fix a flat tire. More comfort, less road dirt.

2012 STATS SO FAR:
TOTAL EXPEDITIONS: 15
TOTAL HOURS: ~58:48
TOTAL MILES DRIVEN: ~629.5
TOTAL MONEY SPENT: $569.76
TOTAL ITEMS BOUGHT: 365-502 (depending on how you count multiple-item purchases: purchases vs items)
TOTAL ESTIMATED VALUE: $5,017.79

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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…)

/yard sale sign/

SUMMARY:

Got up around 7:00AM, made it out driving by 7:28AM and went out until 1:55PM for a total of 6 hours, 27 minutes (4hr8min in car, 2hr19min out of car).

Spent $21.60 plus $18.32 gas for 78.3 miles of driving (14.4 mpg @ $3.37/G), for a total cost of $39.92.

We made 24 purchases (26 items) for a total estimated value of $285.93, leading to a profit/savings of $246.01.

So in essence, we multiplied our $39.41 investment by 7.2X.

(Also, if you think about it, the profit counts for even more when you consider that we have to earn $271 on the job, pre-tax, in order to take home the $246 in cash that we saved. How long does $246 of disposable income take to earn, vs the 6.5 hrs we spent here?)

Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* “wage” of $38.15/hr as a couple or $19.08/hrper person.

COMMENTARY/ANECDOTES:

Guest yardsaler Catherine T of The House Of Happy joined us for yardsaleing this week! She filled our car! She bought an office chair for $15 that they were trying to sell for $30, which cost $60 new. She was looking for trinkets and such to bring to Pennsic, and found several. In fact, she is quoted as saying: “Best yard sailing trip EVER! You guys are SERIOUS yard sailors.” … She got a lot of things. Unfortunately we did not document HER purchases, just our own. She did get some interesting things we never would have bought, like a small hand saw for working with bamboo, the aforementioned office chair, an inflateable sowrd for 10 cents, $3 for some camping dishes (3-4 plates, 4 bowls, 2 cups, all metal), as well as some metal trays, which she collects… She was also interested in this drafting table at the upstairs-church recurring-yardsale, but had no way to transport it.

We also stopped off at the Wheel-Of-Fortune-spinner-lady’shouse to see if she had the spinner, but nobody was home. Extra newspapers seemed to indicate she was on vacation.

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THE BOOTY:

  • $5.00: massager, shiatsu, seat vibration, heat, Weightec Electronic Technology Co, LTD, CA41723-CN (EV:$24.73) – This is an amazing massager. Will be posting video of it. The 4 moving massage parts light up when the heat is turned on. It is an order of magnitude beyond the other 3-5 massagers we’ve owned. We took this to the Bethany Beach family vacation and people were lined up to use it. When we moved to the 2nd beach house, they were sad to see it go :)

  • $3.00: suitcase, wheeled, LL Bean Traveler, brown, 21x14x8″, label said: Martha Casey, Arlington VA 22201, 2 pence coin inside (EV:$69.99) – Carolyn’s — along with my aching back — has finally convinced me that smaller suitcases are better. It’s not the total number of trips that matters, but the least physical pain. As I get older I have to accept taking more trips of smaller loads rather than trying to take one huge trip with one huge load. Smaller suitcases with wheels and handles. That is the future :)

  • $3.00: fan, white, Lasko, GS-21F-J0001, 12″ (EV:$17.95) – I wonder if the fan guy who’s put his broken fan out at his yardsale for 3 weeks ago has sold his yet?

  • $2.00: alarm clock, dual alarm, Spartus, model 1148, modified by The Deafworks Co to have a switched outlet, so you can have a light (strobe light?) that goes off when the alarm goes off (EV:$9.97) – not that we have a problem waking up, but this is just NEAT. What crazy devices could we hook to our alarm clock? A strobe light! A water sprayer! Christmas lights… Or just a light in general so we don’t trip on the way to the snooze button. So many possibilities.

  • $1.00: light, hanging, with pink paper shade that we can’t figure out (EV:$19.50) – Ours is pink… and we could NOT figure it out. It’s just kinda thrown on there. Will probably fall off. Anyway, the clincher for us buying this was the long cord, with hanging assemblies. We have no hall light. I used one of our $6 hooks ($1 at yardsale) to make a good anchor on the top of our hall, and ran the long cord there. We now have a real hall light for the first time in the 70 year history of the house. Of course, there’s no switch. It’s plugged into a light-outlet-to-wall-outlet converter inside of another lamp, and we use that lamps’s switch to turn it on. APPRECIATE YOUR BUILT-IN LIGHTS, PEOPLE!

  • $1.00: fan, white, Windmere, 8″ diameter (EV:$13.00)

  • $1.00: cupcakes, chocolate (2) (EV:$1) – we were hungry!

  • $1.00: tv antenna, Philips, MANT510, VHS/UHF/Fm amplified signal (EV:$29.99) ($104.95 here!) – Ever since we stopped paying for cable in 2006, we’ve saved $600+ a year. And we still watch 1-3 hours of TV every night anyway. But no more commercials, and no more fake-news infotainment. For the longest time, we would still get over-the-air HD channels by using the cable-company-cable as a vast antenna. Sometime around 2010, they cut that off from our house. No more free antenna. Once I get around to hooking this powered antenna up, maybe we’ll actually be able to get some real channels again. I could see it being useful if there were a national emergency and our internet was cut off.

  • $0.75: mouse pad, black, with built-in wrist rest, 9×10.375″ (EV:$3.44) – For the first time in my life, I actually need a mousepad and don’t have 50 unwanted ones laying around! Such a weird position to be in!

  • $0.50: jar, glass, Triomphe, Spaghetti, 2 L, 10×4″ diameter, inter-locking lid (EV:17.99) – Jars. Is there anything they can’t do?
  • $0.50: jar, glass, cylinder, 5.75×4″ diameter, inter-locking lid ($3.49 price tag)
  • $0.50: jar, glass, cylinder, 12.875×4″ diameter, inter-locking lid (EV:hard to say, jar prices vary, and there’s nothing like this that I could easily find – I’ll say $7) – VERY VERY tall jar. Not sure what to use it for yet
  • $0.50: plug expander, 3-outlet, Leviton ($2.89 price tag) – These are great when you live in a house that doesn’t have enough outlets.

  • $0.50: solder, Dutch Boy Acid Core, Grade 1D/60, diameter (EV:$10.99) – Since I lost my thick solder, I need more, just in case. The thin solder I just bought cost like $8! No need to pay full price for this shit!

  • $0.25: chicken, rubber, lays egg when squeezed, 6.5″ including leg span (EV:$2.70) – This is the most disturbing yard sale purchase of my life. Stay tuned for the video


  • $0.25: paddles (2), yellow, pink handles, Virginia Beach Beach Ball (EV:$7) – Our ping pong table with no paddles or ping pong balls has now evolved to a ping pong table with no balls. Closer. Closer. We’ll get real paddles at some point. I liken these to changing the Atari 2600 difficulty from “B” back to “A”.

  • $0.25: container, metal tin, circular, 10×8″, popcorn-tin style, 2 gallon (EV:$5?) – So useful for storage. I recently contained my gun holsters in one of these.

  • $0.25: container, metal tin, circular, We The People patriotic pictures, 12.25×7.4″, popcorn-tin style (EV:$5?)
  • $0.25: game, Swap ($2.00 price tag) – Me & Carolyn are gonna slap the shit outta each other! 

  • $0.10: strainer, metal, scimitar/halfmoon-shaped, purple handle, lip to hold over pan (EV:$7.99) – This is the most badass-looking kitchen implement (besides butcher knives, maybe?) we’ve ever owned.  This is a strainer that is easier to handle, has a better center of gravity, better for weakling-Carolyn…. Most strainers are lid-sized, and kind of awkward. Carolyn loves this!

  • $FREE: phone cord detangler, silver, Perceptive Informatics (EV:$7.88) – very useful if you have landlines!
  • $FREE: phone cord detangler, blue, Galt http://www.DrugSafety.com (EV:$7.88)

  • $FREE: carpet scrap, 54.625″x34″ (EV:$12) – Can never have enough of these.  My attic is carpeted with scraps. We have one by our stove, for barefoot cooking comfort. These are good for working on your car. We use carpet over our sagging concrete walkway, for puddle avoidance.  They go bad. They need periodic replacing. And there’s always free replacements every summer.
  • $FREE: carpet scrap, 44.625″x39.375″ (EV:$10)

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2012 STATS SO FAR: 
TOTAL EXPEDITIONS: 14 
TOTAL HOURS: 57:44 
TOTAL MILES DRIVEN: ~623.5 
TOTAL MONEY SPENT: $566.08 
TOTAL ITEMS BOUGHT: 332-460 (depending on how you count multiple-item purchases: purchases vs items) 
TOTAL ESTIMATED VALUE: $4,465.93

* 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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