Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Garage Saleing

Saturday was the annual 70 Mile Garage Sale on the island, so I headed out with Chancery to see what we could find.  I was hunting for some long sleeved shirts for her, and that was really the only thing I needed, though I’m always on the lookout for old Fisher Price toys as well.


We started off slowly, not really finding anything good.  I picked up a few T-shirts for Asher, but there wasn’t much out there for Chancery.  It didn’t take long for me to shed my sweater.  It had been a cool morning, but it was quickly warming up.  A few garage sales later I could hardly stand the heat in my long sleeved shirt, so I shelled out 50¢ for a tank top (don’t worry, it was clean) & I was ready to hit a few more sales.


Apparently my garage saleing skills were a bit rusty as I totally missed out on the complete set of Little House on the Prairie books for $5, simply b/c I didn’t grab them when I first laid eyes upon them.  I learned my lesson & got down to business.  No other deals would be missed!


When I spied an 80 piece wooden train set touting “no missing pieces!” I grabbed it before Chancery had even noticed & that’s saying something, she can spy the toys at a garage sale almost before we’ve gotten out of the car.  It was marked for $25, but I wasn’t willing to pay that much for it.  I had a choice.  I could approach the woman who was wearing the money belt, or I could ask the man who was chowing on a burger if they’d take less…


Of course I went to the man!  He asked, “Was that at OUR table?”  As more proof that he was just happy to be rid of more ‘junk’, he accepted my lower bid & then asked, “How much change do I owe you?”  I probably could have gotten away with it for $10, but I stuck with the $15 we had agreed on.  It just goes to show that usually if you want to talk someone down on prices, it’s best to negotiate with the men since the women have a harder time seeing something of value go for less.  Of course, this same principle is reversed when it comes to tools!


Sadly, I didn’t find any great Fisher Price toys this time, but I had a great time looking everything over.  Since Chancery was born it just makes garage saleing more difficult when you have to get 2 kids out at every stop & they throw fits when you don’t let them have the grungy old stuffed toys they have just discovered, but now they love them so much & they just can’t go on if they can’t take them home RIGHT NOW!


I got home & was so excited to show PChad my awesome new trains that I got, but his first remark was, “What are you wearing?”  After he got over my new wardrobe, he was quite impressed with the train set too.


  1. Heh, the pricing theory (including the tool sub-theory) is pretty accurate!

  2. Did you find any Fisher Price toys? I need to take a look at your collection!

  3. Oops, I see now that you didn't. I need to read more!

  4. I agree with Brian, but you have to account for the "tank top" variable when calculating the outcome of any negotiations when bargaining with a man.

  5. I love garage sales!