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Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Human Cremains
« on: February 02, 2013, 10:19:35 PM »
Not saying I would do this personally, but I have known others to take urns to flea markets and dump the contents on the ground under the tables and use an old rag to wipe the inside out and put it on the table for sale.

That's not good. I'm not saying I wouldn't sell the urn, but I would treat the deceased with more dignity.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Human Cremains
« on: February 02, 2013, 06:55:51 PM »
Got my first one a couple weeks ago. The facility refused to take any personals from the 2 units I won. All the box had on it was a name. What would you have done with them?

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Storage Lockers and Big Dump Fees
« on: February 02, 2013, 06:25:51 PM »
I feel for those of you that have to pay to dump. I have never paid a dime to dump. We can unload a flat pickup load every day at a convienence center with no cost. We also can dump up to a ton for free per year at the landfill 5 miles away. Took 2 mattress/box spring sets and old couch yesterday and chucked it right in the dumpster. I love income tax and free dumping.  :-*

What about the type of lock cut from the unit. One of the regulars I'm friends with mentioned the cheap lock on the floor of a unit I just bought and said he thought I would not do well on it. He was wrong. I have never paid much attention to the type of lock as an indicator of value. However, I do look for the lock now and at least think about it.

Garage Sales / Re: Is theft a problem at your garage sales?
« on: November 26, 2012, 09:37:15 AM »
We price every item. It is a lot of work up front but makes sale days so much easier. Very little haggling goes on and it would drive me crazy to be asked " how much for this" a thousand times. Most of our stuff is 25 cents to 3 bucks. We average about 250 people over 2 days. I stress out setting up and very relaxed on sale day and my wife is exact opposite. I guess that makes for a good team. :)

Garage Sales / Re: Is theft a problem at your garage sales?
« on: November 25, 2012, 07:01:38 PM »
I'm sure theft happens, but we do a couple things that I believe helps minimize it. First is to always have at least 2 people working the sale. My wife runs the checkout and we put jewelry and more valuable items close to her to watch. I walk around straightening stuff, talking to people and keeping an eye on things.

Second is our setup. We set up our garage with tables in a horseshoe shape and tables in the middle. This creates a walkway that takes people past all our stuff. The garage holds all misc. items like electronics, dishes etc. Outside the garage we have tables in the driveway in a big rectangle that hold clothes and shoes. Two big hanging racks sit in the middle of the rectangle. There is one opening allowing people to walk up driveway and enter the sale.

This allows only one way in and out as well as making sure people move past everything for sale. I keep a couple tubs of toys outside the setup to occupy the kids. These toys are marked 25cents but I give alot away to folks who buy stuff.

If you are having theft problems maybe this can help.

We also sell seasonally and sold 80% of our christmas items at our September yardsale. The remainder we put up for sale as a bulk lot on craigslist. Three calls and gone the same day it was listed. Selling leftover inventory in cheap bulk lots has been better than throwing out or donating.

eBay / Re: Ebay Shipping is killing me
« on: October 21, 2012, 12:28:21 AM »
Alloro is right on, using USPS boxes without using the service is theft. The cost of those products is embedded in the price of shipping. Ebay shippers are infamous for shorting us on postage all the time, so it is not surprising that some think stealing postal products is fine.

Craigslist / Re: Help with possible scam reply
« on: August 14, 2012, 01:21:17 PM »
Thanks guys, confirmed what I thought. Next time things are slow I'll take a nap.

Craigslist / Help with possible scam reply
« on: August 14, 2012, 10:51:37 AM »
I have an item on craigslist for $75.00 and put in my ad no email with instructions to call my cell. Took Moviemans advice early on, only deal with phone callers and I finish nearly every sale this way. Once in awhile I'll respond to an email if things are a little slow, which brings me to today. Email response (edited): ok with price, ready to make instant purchase, paying via US Certified Cashiers Check, will arrange for pickup after payment clears, I promise everthing will go smoothly, I really wish I could be there but am a very busy person, will overnight payment upon receipt of mailing info.

Any thoughts from craigslist veterans would be greatly appreciated.

Flea Markets / Re: Wow! Just Wow!
« on: August 06, 2012, 09:59:32 AM »
Try online government surplus auctions for 6' and 8' tables. I've won nice banquet style tables with fold down legs in bulk lots for an average of about $20.00 apiece. These tables go for $75.00 - $125.00 new, so I am very happy with them. They are used but all have been in good condition. Nashville Tn has an online auction site and list bulk lots of tables frequently.

The Treasure Chest / Re: Overlooked some Bling!
« on: July 07, 2012, 11:29:41 AM »
I only do this on the side Teacher, but the excitement of the unexpected find is so great. My wife and I were digging out the last large box from our most recent unit and pulled a beautifull wedding dress and 3 brand new formal dresses with tags. A great unit got even better! Congrats on the bling!!

Enjoyed the stories Teacher! Congrats on the sale.

Garage Sales / Re: Rummage sale pricing<question>
« on: July 04, 2012, 01:17:09 PM »
We price everything. When you have hundreds of items and a lot of traffic (100+ a day for us), haggling over everything is not feasible. We put good yardsale prices on everything and haggle very little. We yardsale every other month and sell 70% - 80% of our stuff each time. Clothes are our biggest draw which has started to build a nice base of return customers. We sell clothes like this; 50 cents per item for shirts, shorts, pants, etc. from infant to adult stuff. Sorted by size on tables, our customers buy bagfuls of these clothes. $2.00 for used jeans, pants, shirts, dresses, skirts and any item worth more than 50 cents are on hanging racks. All other items worth more than $2.00 are individually tagged. This system for selling clothes is easy and you don't have to spend time pricing hundreds of clothes. Sell seasonally, don't sell winter gear when it's 105 degrees. Hope this helps someone.

Also: We sell ice cold water for 25 cents a bottle when it's hot. Costs 10 cents/bottle. Sold over a hundred bottles last sale. Not a lot of profit but customers were very appreciative.

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