The Garage Sale Gal's Guide to Making Money Off Your Stuff

The Garage Sale Gal's Guide to Making Money Off Your Stuff

by Lynda Hammond

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ISBN-13: 9781423620990
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 829,664
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Lynda Hammond is the Garage Sale Gal, who has turned a hobby into a full-time career; see www.GarageSaleGal.com. She also writes a weekly column for The Arizona Republic and appears on local Phoenix and national television stations with segments on garage sales. She lives in Mesa, AZ.

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I was a garage-sale snob. The thought of rummaging through or buying something used by someone else was . . . well, icky, and certainly not my idea of fun. Now, don't get me wrong, I love to shop. But back then the closest I got to "icky" was sticky when I spilled part of my tall, non-fat, triple-shot latte on my Neiman's credit card while I was on a spending spree. Buying things from someone's driveway with-gasp-hand-me-downs hanging from a makeshift clothesline suspended between a mailbox and a porch railing wasn't even on my radar.

It was in Salina, a town right smack in the middle of Kansas, back in 1992, when something profound happened. I went to my first garage sale. I was visiting relatives and they dragged me along. My sister-in-law, Colleen, and her mother, Kathleen, are lifelong garage sale enthusiasts and search for treasures any chance they get.

I remember everything about that beautiful spring day. It was the kind of day where the sky was blue, there wasn't a cloud in sight, and the cold winter air was giving way to warmer temperatures. We made a turn into an upscale neighborhood where a sign pointed to a sale. Before the car stopped I saw it. Although its finish was dull, it glistened in the sunshine and beckoned me. "It" was a big old copper boiler, the kind your grandma might have used for cooking and cleaning. I could just picture it spicing up a bare spot in my kitchen. And that's when it happened. I, a bargain-buying snob, negotiated my first garage sale purchase. I might have been green at this garage sale stuff, but I wasn't shy. The man wanted $50, but I talked him down to $30. He said he wasn't sure why he was selling it, that it had been his grandmother's, and he had always loved that copper boiler. He nearly talked himself out of selling it to me. But I gave him the money and he took it, though a bit reluctantly. I walked away excitedly because I had just purchased my first garage sale item. But I also felt a little guilty that I had taken his precious childhood memory-so I walked faster! I was hooked.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 8

MEET THE GARAGE SALE GAL 9-17

Selling Lessons from the Pro 18-45

Buying Like You Mean Business 46-65

The Pros and Cons of Pawns 66-75

BE APPRAISED 76-83

AUCTIONS AND ONLINE SELLING ADVENTURES 84-99

ESTATE SALES 100-107

Antique and Consignment boutiques 108-123

Flea Market fun 124-133

The Tiffany Vase Experiment 134-139

GO SELL IT!o140-143

RESOURCESo144-153

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