No More Garage Sales

Late last year, I set a goal to have a garage sale in April or May — before it got too hot. Setting the goal lit a fire under my butt to finish organizing closets, cabinets, and drawers, but the garage sale ain’t happening. In fact, I may never have another garage sale again.

I do a mean garage sale. Lots of signs and ads attract a big crowd. It’s not about getting the best price or what things are worth. The value to me is zero or it wouldn’t be there. Getting rid of stuff is the objective. Any proceeds are icing on the cake.

“Keep, sell, donate or toss” was my mantra as I slowly worked my way around the house. I threw away a lot. Quite a bit went to Goodwill. I put things for the sale in the garage or the spare bedroom.

Putting on a garage sale is a ton of work — too much to handle alone. Deciding not to have a sale was a huge relief. My problem, however, remained. I still needed to get rid of my unwanted stuff.

The largest items were the biggest challenge. My VW convertible sucks for hauling. The trunk barely holds groceries and it’s hard to put anything in the backseat without first putting down the top.

Placing an ad was the logical solution, but where? Craig’s List creeps me out and is nearly as old-fashioned as a classified ad in the local newspaper. A quick search of the App store turned up lots of options. For no particular reason, I downloaded Letgo.

Getting started and posting an item for sale was simple and straightforward. As I focused the camera on my bicycle, an accurate description popped up. I snapped the picture, added my asking price and posted the ad. The bike sold to a local guy in less than two hours.

Next I placed an ad for my vintage Harman Kardon receiver and two 100-watt speakers that each weigh like fifty pounds. After lowering my asking price a few times, it sold in two days. Dad picked it up for his too-young-to-drive kid who bought it for his turntable.

I listed wicker furniture I bought years ago too. The pieces were scattered around the house, so I moved them to the patio for pictures and to keep potential buyers outside. After a week with no bites, I was going to lower my price, but didn’t. I kind of like having it on the patio.

A garage sale is an event. A lot of work goes into it. Mine typically last for only a few hours on a single day. Rarely do I have anything left.

Listing on Letgo is easier and much less work. The downsides: getting messages from potential buyers at all hours and having to arrange meetings with strangers for cash transactions.

What’s left? Mosty small items I didn’t donate because they sell well at garage sales. Boxing them up and carting them off is faster and easier than listing them on Letgo. I’ll talk about the hard-to-sell stuff in a future post.