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Last post 03-30-2009 1:34 PM by Brandy. 14 replies.
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  • 03-23-2009 1:43 PM

    • Mimi
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    Garage Sale Pricing

    It's been awhile since I've had a garage sale, so I'm clueless about how to price things. I was wondering if some of you could help me?

    Small sofa and loveseat

    (Nice) wooden TV cabinet

    Dresser

    Small bookshelves

    Wooden table and 4 chairs

    Twin mattress and box spring

    Desk

    Small microwave

    Coffeemaker (not programmable)

    Crockpot

    Lamps

    Hand mixer

    Well used pots and pans

    Dishes

    Electric drill

    Pretty cardboard storage boxes

    (Adult) Clothes

    Coats

    Shoes/boots

    Decorative pictures

    Assorted Knickknacks

    Bedspread

    Small suitcase

    DVDs, VHS, CDs

    Jewelry (Some nicer and some just for fun)

    Thank you so much!!!   This would be a HUGE help!

    "...for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil." Proverbs 15:15b-16 NLT

    The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.--Winston Churchill
  • 03-23-2009 3:38 PM In reply to

    • Mimi
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    Re: Garage Sale Pricing

    Honestly, ANY input would help!  Do sofas go for $50 or $300?  Same for TV cabinets, dressers, nice table and chairs, jewelry, etc.

    I'm thinking about $30 for the mattress and box spring set since I got them used for $50, and $50 for the desk, $25 for the microwave, $10 each for the coffeemaker, crockpot, mixer, toaster oven and drill, $1.50/pot or pan, 50 cents/dish, $2/item of clothing except coats for $5 and virtual rags which can go in a $1 rag bag. Maybe $20 each for the large pictures, $1-5 per knickknack, $5 for a bedspread, $10 for the small suitcase, $1 for VHS, $2 CDs, $1-3 DVDs.

    How does that sound?

    "...for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil." Proverbs 15:15b-16 NLT

    The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.--Winston Churchill
  • 03-23-2009 3:45 PM In reply to

    Re: Garage Sale Pricing

    depending on the condition of each item

     Small sofa and loveseat $50-100 each

    (Nice) wooden TV cabinet $15-30 depending on size. Most people don't use these as tv storage any more because of the flat screen explosion

    Dresser $15-30

    Small bookshelves $5-10

    Wooden table and 4 chairs this is a toughy depending on size and condition you could get $100- 300

    Twin mattress and box spring $25-50

    Desk $25-50

    Small microwave $10

    Coffeemaker (not programmable) $2

    Crockpot- big nice $10, small nice $5, tiny popuri warmer $1

    Lamps $4- 8 each

    Hand mixer $2

    Well used pots and pans $.50- $1 each

    Dishes- if it's a set $10-15, if it's random plates .25 each

    Electric drill- no clue on this one I don't even know what it costs new. sorry

    Pretty cardboard storage boxes- $1-3 each

    (Adult) Clothes $.25- .50 each

    Coats $1-5 depending on how nice

    Shoes/boots $1 a pair

    Decorative pictures- this is another tough one, use your best judgment. $1- 10

    Assorted Knickknacks .25- 50 for small, $1 each for large

    Bedspread $10

    Small suitcase $5

    DVDs $1- 5, VHS .50-, CDs $1

    Jewelry (Some nicer and some just for fun) fun jewelry- $1 each, nice jewelry$3-5, real jewelry take to a pawn shop.

    this is what I'd pay or charge. It's a bit hard to price somethings with out seeing but I hope this helps.

    cyn

  • 03-23-2009 3:49 PM In reply to

    Re: Garage Sale Pricing

    Mimi:
    How does that sound?
     

    GOOD!!! Big Smile

    I put on my list for you the coffeemaker as $2 because you said it's not programable. You can get one at the Dollar General brand new for 5-10 depending on the sales.

    cyn

  • 03-23-2009 3:51 PM In reply to

    Re: Garage Sale Pricing

     Oh and I forgot to say leave room to bargain with people. Most people love to bargain at a yard sale, so tell yourself ahead of time how low are you willing to go? And be firm on things that you think are worth it.

    cyn

  • 03-23-2009 4:47 PM In reply to

    • Mimi
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    Re: Garage Sale Pricing

    Thank you SOOO much!  This is such a big help!

    "...for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil." Proverbs 15:15b-16 NLT

    The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.--Winston Churchill
  • 03-23-2009 8:21 PM In reply to

    • Brandy
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    Re: Garage Sale Pricing

    Mimi, have you checked some local thrift stores for their prices to see what the market value in your area is for second hand items? I would be inclined to price a little under that to be sure the items are moved and as another poster said, also at a rate I felt comfortable negotiating a little farther on.

     

    The Dollar Stretcher Community Manager



  • 03-29-2009 11:05 PM In reply to

    • Hana
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    Re: Garage Sale Pricing

    Wow, Cyn (goldenblaise) and All,

    That was so nice of you to go out of your way for Mimi. :o) Looks like all she has to do now is get the stick-on tags. ;o) I bet that will help out other "garage sellers!" It's been too many years since I've held one.

    In general, I think LOW prices are better, because with garage sale items, you don't want to have a pile of leftovers to haul away or repack up. But the better the deal, the more will flock up (humans!), and when you see a packed sale, it draws all drivers over. I grew up going to many bargain places all through the year, even pro ones, where it was a dollar a pound, so I hate when garage sales seen high priced.

    Good Luck!

  • 03-30-2009 9:41 AM In reply to

    • Brandy
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    Re: Garage Sale Pricing

     I went to a couple of yard sales this weekend.

     

    goldenblaise:
     Small sofa and loveseat $50-100 each

    I saw a metal futon for $50. It looked like the kind that Walmart sells for $120 with the cushion. I don't think that's worth $50 but a standard loveseat would be worth that definitely.

     

    goldenblaise:
    Lamps $4- 8 each

    Only one sale had lamps and they wanted $14.

    goldenblaise:
    (Adult) Clothes $.25- .50 each

    Adult clothes were $1-$5 a piece with coats at $15-$40. Children's clothes were .25-$1.

    goldenblaise:
    Decorative pictures- this is another tough one, use your best judgment. $1- 10

    There were some pictures for $15-$25 and decorative things starting at $2.

    goldenblaise:
    Bedspread $10

    $20 for the cheapest.

     

     Many people walked away with very little in hand.

     

     

     

    The Dollar Stretcher Community Manager



  • 03-30-2009 10:20 AM In reply to

    Re: Garage Sale Pricing

    This thread was helpful to me as I'm pricing items for a tag sale next weekend.   My objective is to declutter and it looks like I'm on track with lower pricing.   I did price a few items with room to negotiate.   These are things that I won't donate if they don't sell.

    I have a lot of kids clothes that are new with tags - I will probably price them a little over what was recommended here but will negotiate lower - esp for a bulk sale.

    Dawn
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