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Frickin Huge Moving Sale!

One of the ways of selling your unwanted items is to hold a yard, estate or moving sale. We held a “Frickin Huge Moving Sale!”  That’s exactly how we worded the advertisements which were placed on Kijiji, Craigslist and in our local paper. It certainly got people’s attention.

Fun, chaos & frustration in equal measures

Fun, chaos & frustration in equal measures

It was a huge success, although not without its trials and tribulations. It was also a good learning experience.

You may find like us that it is not worth paying advertise in the local paper. The real action is on the online sites which are FREE! Most areas have a Craiglist and it is very easy to post your item, garage sale or event.

We have a couple of tips based on our own experiences.

Seriously consider whether to include any phone numbers on your advertisements,  you may be bombarded with calls from “people” who just happen to be looking for bikes, stereo equipment, custom jewellery etc. Replace “people” with dealers who want to get a head start on their competitors.

A solution that worked well for us was to include a cell phone number and then record a message giving directions and ending with how much interest we have had. Then turn it off until after the sale.

If you have time we recommend you sort and price all your for sale items (this was really helpful for our lovely assistants Jane & Albert).

Be refreshed and alert as you will have a early start! The “Early Birds” will see to that!

Despite our scheduled start time of 9 am we were interrupted during set up by more than one friendly, smiling soul who just happened to be in the neighbourhood and would we happen to have a…………………… ? As their niece, nephew, wife, husband needed one!

Dealing with these intrusions put us way behind with getting our stuff out and displayed! We advertised a later sale with NO EARLY BIRDS! and roped off the driveway, which was a more successful deterrent.

We have no problem with people making a little profit from their efforts and our stuff! However, some of the tactics are downright insulting,  “Oh! This is all I have left” as they toss a handful of small change into your palm instead of the measly $2 you had agreed to! Or the “will you take $5 for a item priced at $15” which is of course already deeply discounted from retail!

On the flip side it can be a lot of fun, especially if you like to barter and haggle yourself. You may like us, meet some interesting people, like the young fellow who grew up in our house years ago. One lovely lady  zeroed in on one item, paid the price without bartering and told me that she collects them and knows the real value! We were also able to help one half of an estranged married couple who had been sleeping on the sofa. One spare bed sold!

Our “Frickin Huge Moving Sale” was a great success we turned our unused items into cash and stopped “stuff” from ending up in the landfill! It’s a Win, Win for all!

Good luck with the de-cluttering and we look forward to hearing your “Moving Sales” stories.



About the author: Michael was born under a wanderin’ star. He is an Engineer who became an explorer, a photography bug, and hack traveller writer with the propensity to be snarky. “Retired” in 2012 at the age of 44, he and his wife Yvonne travel and house sit around the globe on a full time basis. Michael’s goal is to share the process of escaping the rat race, exploring the globe, and some of the experiences along the way.

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