E. asks from Minneapolis, MN on May 01, 2010
Garage Sale Vs. Craigslist
I'm hoping that someone can help me with some garage sale questions. A friend is having a garage sale and I'm putting some stuff in it. Do people even buy clothes any more from garage sales? I have a lot of 0-3 month baby stuff. Some of it is in great shape and name brands (Boden, Ralph Lauren, etc.). Would I get a lot more for it if I just put a lot of it on Craigslist? Same question for adult clothes. Thanks.
M.W. answers from St. Cloud on May 02, 2010
Craigslist you have to take pics, list prices, AND deal with NO SHOWS!
Just put it on a garage sale. I always mark my stuff cheap because I don't want it back if it's on there. IF you are trying to make a ton of money, go with ebay. It's a lot of work to prep, take pics, and list but that is where (I've heard) you can make the most money. People do NOT want to pay big bucks on garage sales. They are looking for good deals.
Lots of people buy clothes at garage sales. That's what most people are looking for in my opinion.
E.C. answers from Minneapolis on May 01, 2010
This year we are having a garage sale so I have been mostly packing things away for that. Although I have listed a few things here and there that I know would sell better on Craigslist. Usually when I sell a lot of clothes it would be for the same amount as I would sell them for at a garage sale, but other items like toys and household kind of stuff you can deffinetly get more for on Craigslist, expecially when it is not garage sale season. Try putting the items in the garage sale with the price you'd like to get for them and if they do not sell that list them on craigslist. Best of Luck!!
T.D. answers from Bismarck on May 02, 2010
E. - I'm wondering how you feel about garage sales? Seems like the responses are all over the place on them. Personally, garage sales in Bismarck (where I'm from) are the main attraction on Friday's from April thru September! Truly, people come in droves to Friday morning sales and if a neighborhood gathers together, cars are literally everywhere. My children and I go 'garage sale-ing' every single Friday morning, unless one is sick. And we are very fussy. We quickly scan for sizes, BRANDS and colors + look for winter items. Never undies - socks and shoes ONLY if they appear 'new'. And once we have a stack going - we step aside and quickly review our finds. I'll pay as much as $10 for a brand name outfit... and believe me, set that down and another mom is right behind me picking it back up. The general rule of thumb seems to be 'a little worn' or 'a little faded' and the pieces will go separately for 50 - 1.00, but if the clothing is new, has a name brand, etc - on up to $5. Two piece outfits almost always start at $2.00. And we'll spend up to $1 per paperback book, depending upon condition. And the kids always come home with something to 'do' - a book, a puzzle, etc. Back to being fussy - if the yard is not kept up, junk sitting around, boxes of every sort stacked on tables etc - we drive right past, along with other cars heading to bigger better sales. (dozens each week). We stay in one corner of town - where the sales tend to be cleaner, tables have cloths on them, the walls of the garage are either tarped or painted and clean - and if there's an odor in the garage (cigarette, strong pet, or other) we nod to one another and leave.
I've come home with Nike shoes (tags on) for $2 / Arizona winter coats (tags on) $3... and have literally filled my children's closets with good quality clothing for dollars. To shop clearance, Craigslist, ebay and deal with shipping takes far too long. We do... for specific pieces (like name brand jeans in the correct size, etc) - but have such a good time together, sale-ing, going to the library, and out for drinks or ice cream once each week, that we wouldn't stop, not ever.
On the flip side, having a garage sale of our own is equally important. Now and them we come home with something itchy or too short or a book we already have. And we do grow and need to purge our closets, too. We try to stay in the 'going price range'. We sell only on Friday mornings from 9 - noon. Two-day sales are often 'hit' on the first few hours, then taper off into long sits for the owner. Since we started the shorter hours - we have a line of cars down the street by 8, waiting for the first sign that the door is opening... and the garage floods with people when the doors crack. And when it's posted for a short period of time, people will take an early lunch break, they'll stop at yours before going to the one that lasts all day or opens at lunch. And, I'm not kidding about this, stacks of clothing will pile up on tables around me... so my pricing has to be efficient. 25, 50 or by the dollar. never a dime or nickel and rarely to the half dollar after a buck. then leave tags on, and toss clothes in bags starting with whole dollar amounts, counting them out loud, etc. The importance in that ? Moving things along quickly will get people through fast, they want to go to more sales!! And your're 'done' by lunch. Seriously. We have several tables stacked (sorted, painstakinly and marked) a foot deep - and within three hours, it slows down enough for us to assess why the hit and miss pieces are still there - often it's obvious. like a torn knee or missing button I missed when pricing things.
The score? Many, many times... like $1000 bucks to use for kids' clothes for the next year or ??
No matter which way you choose to sell - you still have to launder, fold, price - but having a sale removes the photo, storage and shipping cost.
It's about perception... if you feel you'd not shop at a garage sale, it could be harder to deal with the strange folks that are rude or comment on pricing (they do come). But on the other hand, if you need to get things out, anyway - I'd try it. Then you'll know. You'll know how people shop your area, what prices they're willing to pay, and what goes.
Good luck!! If we lived nearer, I'd bet we'd run into you at your sale :)
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S.B. answers from Minneapolis on May 02, 2010
I may be repeating, but here is my .02.
If you want to get rid of stuff in a hurry do a garage sale and mark everything at very reasonable prices. We have one every year so we have become experts. Rule of thumb for pricing: name brand stuff (Gymbo, Gap, Ralph Lauren, etc) sells for a little more if it's in great condition. Outfits go for $3 or $4, pants or shirts for $1, sweaters $3 or $4. Non brand-names go for less, usually about 50 cents. Onesies 25 or 50 cents.
If you have something that's brand new or unique and worth more than that you could try a garage sale but most likely you won't get what you want for it, garage sale shoppers will try and bargain w/ you and if you won't take less you'll be stuck w/ it. That's when I'd try to sell something like that on Ebay or Craig's List.
My personal experience w/ consignment is not good. I've taken name-brand clothes in pristine condition to Once Upon A Child and have found that they only take a couple items and don't pay that much. I end up hauling my full bin back out to my car and pricing them for my garage sale. I never sell there anymore.
I LOVE to shop garage sales and buy the majority of my kids' wardrobes at them every summer. It's amazing what you can find and it's really fun. Good luck!
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K.R. answers from Minneapolis on May 02, 2010
We are having a baby boy. what is your number? we would be interested in buying. call me at ###-###-####
J.M. answers from Sheboygan on May 02, 2010
I still get lots of kids clothes at rummage sales! There are actually a few people that call me when they're having them (or before) to let me know that they have clothes because I am such a rummager for kids clothes! I haven't had any luck posting anything on Craigslist myself - I just end up getting spammed, though my sister posts all the time and has great luck. I put my name brand items up on E-Bay, and they always sell for a good price, even with charging shipping. I would say try the rummage sale, and if things don't sell, try E-Bay. It's super easy to set up a seller's account, and your first 5 postings every month are free.
Good luck to you!
J.R. answers from Minneapolis on May 02, 2010
I would give Just Between Friends a shot. They are consignment sales where you get to set your prices and get 65-70% of the money they bring in when they sell. They have a special Frist Time Parents presale so the little stuff does go. It is definitely worth at try and you get more money for your goods than if you bring it to a traditional consignment shop... Good luck!
J.E. answers from Cedar Rapids on May 03, 2010
Why don't you do both? I know the good shape baby stuff is a hot commodity at garage sales but I have found stuff on Craigslist too. In my experience, the garage sale items have tended to cost less - not sure why the difference. I think you should pursue both avenues of selling your items.
L.S. answers from Los Angeles on May 01, 2010
I'm an experienced ebayer, craigslister and occasional garage saler. You'll get the least amount of money from a garage sale. People expect things to be dirt cheap. If you're ok w/ that, go with it. I hate sitting around, though, so I rarely have a garage sale.
If your items are name brands, and sought-after, I first try Craigslist because it's free to list there. Sure, your always going to have the flakes who don't show and you've beat it home to meet them there. But now I put right in my ad something like "We're a busy family. Serious inquiries only, please no flakes." And when I put that in the ad, I rarely have a flake waste my time.
If it doesn't sale on Craigslist or Ebay, then it's off to the local children's resale boutiques, where they'll give you a little more than a garage sale will bring in.
K.F. answers from Appleton on May 03, 2010
You should looking into ThredUp! It's super easy and you could get some great "new" clothes in return!