THE SPORT OF YARD SALINGPine Tree Post | Sports Page
If yard saling were a sport the citizens of the Place Under The Pine would compete at an Olympic level.
The family as a whole makes an ideal yard sale team - they posses a mix of skills and abilities :
- Bargaining Skills
Watch this short video clip and get a look at the talent this team has for yard salin'
There are many reasons the PUTP does so much garage saling.
- Save Money
- Be "Green"
- Find Unique Things
- The Thrill of Treasure Hunting
- To Kill Time
- Fodder for Haul Videos
|The Garage Sale Smile!|
Save Money - $2 paid ($50-$75 saved from a new purchase...or about 97% savings)
Green - Reused (one of the three Rs)
Unique - Where else would you find such a small chest protector?
Tradition - We had used sports equipment as kids and we turned out just fine!
Thrill - We went out looking for hockey equipment and were willing to spend some paper money...ended up only spending a coin (twoonie)!
Kill Time - One Saturday morning out of the way...and the kid's had zero screen time!
Fodder for Haul Video - again, pushing the haul video https://youtu.be/6XhXodbI95o
Other notable finds:
Purple Shelf - You need vision to see past the purple haze. This shelf's narrow width is the ideal size to fit in the PUTP's front foyer and hold the ever growing pile of shoes. With a little paint this shelf (that only cost $3) will be the perfect solution for our bomb-gone-off-shoes-everywhere problem.
|I would love to see the room this shelf came out of.|
|100% real pleather!|
BMX Bike - Children's bikes seem to be on of those items that do not hold much value after you drive them out of the toy shop. The team bought this barely used BMX for $5. Compared to a new bike this purchase is pushing a 95% savings! That is just smart shopping!
|The bike fits...but, the helmet does not.|
|Ah, there we go. A yard sale helmet $3.|
More Hockey Equipment - One major deterrent from kids joining hockey is the perception that it is extremely expensive. That can be true, if one buys all new equipment. Suiting up can start at $300 and the sky's the limit. However, with yard sale bargains the team has done it for around $20!
|Skates of all sizes ($2 or $3), Elbow pads ($1)|
BBQ set - Not the most exciting purchase, but, this set came to the PUTP for $1. This is an example of cut throat bargaining. Stick with the price you want to pay, not the $10 sticker the seller put on it, and more often than not you will 'win'.
|A new stock of t-shirts|
On a similar note - since yard saling season began trips to the library have virtually ceased.
|Stock those bookshelves for $5|
|It can be a thrill finding that one book you are missing from a series.|
RETRO TUPPERWARE - Everyone knows that classic Tupperware works the best (and it was made before fun chemicals like BPA were invented) and they never seems to wear out. The PUTP team will often spot this increasingly rare item and move in. Sometimes, the price will be so reasonable (50 cents an item!) that it will be purchased sans bargaining - out of respect to the product and the seller (Garage sale rule of conduct #123-03)
|Keep your eyes peeled for dependable Tupperware|
TOYS - Toys are a necessary evil of the yard sale. They are the sole motivator for the younger citizens of the PUTP to 'waste' an entire Saturday morning driving from one drive-way to another. There is no other word that better describes the purchase of a yard sale toy other than a BRIBE. The children are brided with the promise of a toy if they attend yard sales. The PUTP is already over its maximum toy capacity, which usually means these yard sale toys are used for only a short period of time and either resold or donated to charity.
To make the most out of the toy situation the team uses it a learning experience with money. A budget of $1 or $2 is allotted for each child to spend as they see fit.
|Barbie car. The boy's said it was a 'must have' item.|
|A One Direction Doll - already missing shoes!|
Yet again, this year the team has sharpened their yard saling skills and have proven they are still a top tier garage sale team. With the season almost over they can look back with pride at the treasures they found.
To keep on top of their game the team has already made up a training schedule which includes watching this youtube series Garage Sale Scavenger Hunt.