This week the weather was BEAUTIFUL! I headed out to hit a multifamily neighborhood sale in East Greenwich. Since starting this blog and Facebook page I have been getting tips from friends about sales in the area. My college roommate turned me on to a huge community sale in East Greenwich, so I headed there…..but I didn’t make it.
East Greenwich is around 45 minutes from my shop, (I open my shop at 10am on saturdays) and after thinking about how much time I would be losing traveling, and after getting a call from my cousin who lives in the town next to my shop, I decided to just do some local yard and garage sales. I had seen a bunch of signs going up on Friday when I left work, so I knew there would be plenty to hit.
We hit 10 sales in total.
Two sales were my favorite. One was a moving sale, and the deals were unbelievable. I picket up a polaroid printer for $10! They had a $55 price tag, I asked “What is the best you can do on this?” and the home owner said $10! I was thinking he would go to $40 or $35, and I would have bought it at that because it is selling on Amazon for $95 after FBA fees. When he dropped the price to $10 I should have gone back to grab more things.
Moving sales are better than just regular yard sales because the people have to sell everything. They don’t want to pack it. People at yard sales might just be looking to make some money, their impetus to sell is not as dire. Moving sales are usually at the end of the month, and the stuff has to be gone by the first, so you really have leverage when it comes to negotiating.
The second sale that I liked was a multifamily sale that was being held to raise money for a church mission. They had a bunch of kids working the sale and they also had a bake sale with goodies and coffee. I was happy to see the money go to a good cause.
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