These Garage Sales are Getting Out of Hand


“Pet peeves” is the League of Extraordinary bloggers topic this week. We were asked to blog about what our pet peeves are. To be honest, my number one pet peeve is pairing socks, but that would not make an interesting blog post. Instead of boring you with my sock management process I thought I would talk about another big pet peeve of mine.

Garage Sale pricing is out of control!

As most of you may have experience, the prices of items have gone crazy over the past few years. This is likely due to the fact that there are so many picking shows on TV which has led to a vast number of pickers appearing across the globe. Now whenever someone holds a garage sale they think their junk is worth much more than it really is.

The ‘Wheeling & Dealing’ is Gone.

Aside from digging through people’s junk for treasure I enjoy the wheeling & dealing side of things. I love negotiating for a great price. I find that it sparks conversations with the seller, and sometimes leads to learning about the hidden treasure (which is inside the house).

expensegaragesaleIn this world everything is negotiable.

For some reason there was one line from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure that really stuck with me. Francis was trying to buy Pee-Wee’s bike, and he explained to Pee-Wee that his father told him “every thing’s negotiable.” I agree with Francis’ father.

This brings me to my pet peeve: overpriced garage sale items and the refusal to negotiate. In my opinion a garage sale is a method to get rid of all unwanted items from your house. Making some money is a side effect of having strangers haul your unwanted junk away. By pricing your items well above their actual value, you do not actually achieve your goal of clearing out some of your junk.

I can understand putting a slightly higher price tag on things as you know people will try to bargain for a lower price. When items have an obscene price and the owner refuses to barter, that is when I get cranky. My philosophy is that if you want the proper value of something, then you sell it on eBay or Craigslist and wait. A garage sale should have what I refer to as “garage sale pricing.” Things should be priced so that at the end of the day, all of your junk has been taken away.

This week I want to give some shout outs to some of the other bloggers who pet peeves I can empathize with.  The Nerd Cantina covered crazy garage sale pricing as well.  Crooked Ninja had some rage towards those who hit up the garage sales just to buy up everything and resell it and at Nerd with Me, the pet peeve was old school video games that were hard to beat.

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