At the end of the day, the money just isn't worth the effort in many cases. And most of the items are still sitting in the driveway or the yard waiting to be lugged back inside in defeat.
Then there appear to be certain prevailing ideas about what might be found at yards sales that are pretty weird. I think far too many people have watched far too many episodes of antiques shows of various sorts. I was asked if we had antique sheet music, records, coins, and other expensive items really not common to yard sales in my experience. Lots of folks who did come wanted to haggle on prices in the $1 and $2 range, which to a degree I understand, but come on, nobody's spending or making a fortune here on these already deeply discounted items. It's fun at first, true, but toward the end of the day, this haggling loses its charm.
For me and my family, we'll get rid of our excess clutter in other ways. The vintage media (i.e. video cassettes) have gone the way of all things (and no, Disney movies with black diamond labels really aren't worth a fortune ... if they were I wouldn't have them, trust me on that). The books will be donated to several libraries to see if they have better luck selling (books turned out to be the surprise best sellers of our sale, by the way). A lot of other items will be purged as well. Time to let go and move on. In fact, that is one great advantage to the yard sale. By the time it's over, you just want all that stuff gone and large trash bags are deployed with all emotional attachment shattered over the course of that one long day.
|Dang, we had more movies on VHS than I thought!|
Those things weigh a lot!
Here's a great article about thinking twice before holding your yard sale: http://kalynbrooke.com/your-money/income-earning-ideas/are-garage-sales-worth-it/