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Trudy’s Best and Worst Garage Sale Items

Despite the recent success of my first garage sale, I learned a few things for next time around.  Some things I thought would sell right away didn’t and other things I wasn’t so sure about sold within the first two hours.  I also learned some valuable lessons.  

Next time, I’m not going to open the doors early.  I was by myself early in the morning when a couple of people came by before I officially started my  garage sale.  After one of them left, after buying nothing, a pair of silver earrings he’d been looking at were gone.  Someone stealing from you isn’t a fun way to start a sale but I’ve learned my lesson.  Nothing is for sale until my helpers are with me to keep an eye on things.  Sometimes people would start piling stuff up that they wanted to buy and when they’d walk away to look at something else, another person would start going through their stuff thinking it was for sale.  Next time I’ll have a specific area for stuff that is waiting to be purchased.

So what sold really well?

Shoes.  I had lots of shoes that had never been worn, still in the original boxes.  They sold extremely well.


Earrings, especially silver earrings.  There were people who were only interested in earrings and nothing else.  Fortunately, I had lots and lots of earrings.


Anything Winnie the Pooh sold very well.  You might think only women bought Pooh stuff but I also sold some Pooh figures to men too.


Necklaces and bracelets were big sellers.  I wish I’d had more bracelets because they sold very quickly.


Fancy crystal did well at my garage sale too.  The people who bought it told me they planned to give it as gifts to co-workers.  I still had the original boxes too, which helps when giving it as a gift.


CDs and dvds were among my biggest sellers.  One guy bought a huge box of them and other people were grabbing them by the dozen.  At a buck a piece, you couldn’t go wrong, especially since many of them were unopened.


These are some of the items that I thought would sell that didn’t.  I don’t think they were priced too high.  If I put them out at my next sale, I’ll lower the price a bit to see if they sell.

Christmas and Halloween decorations didn’t sell, which really surprised me.  Both holidays are coming up and I thought people would scoop them up but they didn’t.


Purses didn’t sell either.  I thought women loved purses?  Guess not.  Even though I had alot of women at my sale, the purses didn’t sell.


Frames of any kind.  Big frames, crystal frames, pewter frames, cute teddy bear frames. Nope.  I still have them all.  That surprised me.


All and all, it was alot of fun and worth all the work.  See you in the spring for my next sale!

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