On Saturday, a friend hosted a yard sale with multiple sellers. I didn’t have all that much to sell, but there were a couple of items that I needed to get rid of, so I joined in. It had been a long time since I’d been to a yard sale, but growing up in California and Florida, it was common knowledge that everyone overprices things a little bit and that haggling is every bit expected.
Apparently not here in Nebraska.
While a few people did haggle, I quickly noticed that most people just looked at the price and if they thought it was too expensive, they put it down. And so I quickly relabeled everything. By and large I didn’t care if most of my items sold, so they were still priced at reasonable prices. I definitely couldn’t compete with some of the other sellers though, who very much wanted to sell a lot of their things (a lot of 25c or 50c).
This non-haggling turn of events also brought up another itty-bitty problem: brand blindness. One lady rudely scoffed at me for pricing a long tunic at $8, telling me she could get that new at the store for the same price. Um…..maybe at Walmart. How do you explain to people who have never been to an Urban Outfitters that no, you can’t get that for $8, that it’s more like $70? Or that the pair of jeans priced at $4 retails for $188 because it’s designer? I guess you don’t.
But that’s okay because there are folks who do understand. I use Threadflip for everything that isn’t appreciated at yard sales.
What are yard sales like where you live? Let me know and feel free to check out my closet! (Click below)