Your Stuff Is Just Stuff

Around here we’ve hit the peak of the fall yard sale season. I headed out this weekend to check out a few and came away flabbergasted by the prices some of the sellers were charging for their stuff. I’m an informed consumer and I generally know the prices of the things I buy. I know what an item costs new, on sale, or used. And many of these sellers were charging new prices for used items. There’s nothing wrong with this if you can get that kind of money, I guess. If you can find enough suckers to buy your stuff, more power to you. The problem is that many of these people were not moving any merchandise. People were driving up, taking one look and driving away. Not exactly

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8 Responses to Your Stuff Is Just Stuff

  1. DebbieQ says:

    Yup. I have stopped going to garage sales because 1. I don’t need any stuff and 2. the stuff that I was seeing at garage sales was so over priced that to even dicker was useless. I can live without any more stuff. In fact, I am getting rid of stuff. But I am not having a garage sale. The cost of my time and effort wouldn’t cover the cost of the sale so I am donating. It feels much better.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch says:

    So did you kindly tell these sellers that their prices were slowing their sales?

  3. Robert says:

    Stuff is just stuff. My wife and I regularly assess if we still need this stuff, and if not, we sell it! We recently went through our DVDs and other junk, and made a nice bit on Amazon!

  4. Ryan says:

    I agree, how much stuff do we need? Just because it is cheap does not mean that we need more stuff and clutter in our homes. Stuff does not equal contentment and we need to realize that in our culture. More is not always good.

  5. Gail says:

    I generally am looking for three things ate yard sales, books for me to read and as I can read an entire book in a day I’m not going to pay big money for it especially since I have other sources for books, craft supplies on big markdowns and shirts for my husband who needs XT-long. He is self employed employeed and can wear what he wants-in summer T-shirts and winter flannel shirts. He also tends to use what he is wearing as a rag so I don’t spend much for them. Other than that I am astounded at all the stuff people are trying to sell. tons of toys and Christmas decorations lead the list. It seems like once you have your decorations why would you need more?

  6. CindyM says:

    Started going to yard sales this past summer again after not doing it for years and I’m sure I hit a few hundred of them. I swear every one of them had xmass decorations also, ha-ha. You are so right, stuff really is just stuff, yours isn’t special. I note too many people are asking too much for their junk. A pet peeve of mine are the ones who won’t put any prices on their junk, like you want to barter for it with them; always puts me off. I feel I made out well, however. Bought a good-sized TV for $10, a VCR player for $2 and I now have a ton of video tapes, most of them for 49 cents each, some never opened (my local thrifts are full of these also), nice puzzles and paperback books for a dime each. I’m real easy to please entertainment-wise. Found a great complete set of dishes very cheap (was tired of my own), a nice office chair for $3, etc. Everything I picked up I’m happily using. Because things seem so plentiful right now, I look at this whole process as making exchanges. I kind replace my stuff when I get tired of it and donate what I don’t want (stuff in good condition) to the Goodwill. I’ve even found two churches that give things away monthly and hit them occasionally, kind of exchanging my stuff there also. I love it.

  7. Sunny says:

    I find loads of bargains every weekend – especially on kid stuff! Just stay away from the “estate sales” which tend to have higher prices.

    It doesn’t hurt to ask for a lower price, negotiating is expected. And when you shop toward the end of a yard sale, sellers are more inclined to discount items because they don’t want to haul them back to the garage!

  8. Chris says:

    This is even true for real estate. People often times overprice their homes thinking there will be some sucker that will pay them their asking price.

    In reality, if you want to sell your home in today’s market you need to price it below what properties have sold far recently in your area or plan to sit there and wait with not sale!

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