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Makin’ Money!

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My husband and I were invited to bring our garage sale items over to my sister-in-law’s parent’s home for a neighborhood garage sale. No need to hang our own signs or advertise? Heck yes!

We arrived at 7:15 and sold a good portion of the items by 9:30 – mostly because my husband will sell you just about anything for a dollar.

I was getting a bit agitated at my husband’s negotiating skills (he’ll agree to any price as long as he doesn’t have to cart it back home) and was considering saying something but decided to keep my mouth shut and trust his judgment.

We arrived at my sister-in-law’s parent’s home with a full sized truck bed and back seat full of items. We left with over $120 and a small container of leftover items for Goodwill donation. Perhaps my husband knows what he’s doing after all.

After dropping the items at Goodwill, we recycled several huge boxes of plastic and aluminum bottles we’ve been collecting and nabbed another $98.

My husband can now do cartwheels in his empty garage (trust me, he did) and we netted over $200 for less than 4 hours of work.


The Craigslist Lesson…

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We’ve been trying to sell some of our older duplicative furniture on Craigslist after the big furniture tradeoff in December. Annoyed that the furniture was filling his garage, my husband asked me to price our old queen sized bed and nightstand at $50 to make room.

After a week on Craigslist at $50, we were contacted by precisely 1 interested person… who asked us to drop the price to $25 without even seeing the bed.

When my husband found out we had received an offer, he was angry I had turned it down. Confused, I went out to the garage and appraised the bed again. Was it really only worth $25?

Unwilling to admit defeat, I placed the set on Craigslist again with the exact same description and photos but priced it at $130.

2 hours and 11 offers later, a local college student bought the set for $130.

Lesson learned: Equally as important as not pricing yourself over the market is not pricing yourself UNDER the market.

Plus, it felt REALLY good to flash $130 cash to my husband.


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