Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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May 14, 2014

Linda Hamer Kennet: Another man's treasure

Have you ever noticed the trucks that cruise your neighborhood the night before “heavy” trash pick-up?

There is an entire community of people in our city who pull items from the trash, and sell them for profit. Maybe it’s time to learn by example? Don’t “kick it to the curb,” sell it at a garage sale.

Garage sales are a lot of work, so make it worth your time and effort. It is very disheartening to watch people pull up to your sale and then drive off because they don’t consider it worth getting out of the car. Look carefully in the attic, closets, kids rooms, garage, and any storage areas that you might have.

If you doubt that you have enough to make a good sale, invite the neighbors or members of your family to join you.

You will need to have a small bank available to make change. Keep the size of your bank to a minimum and keep it in a safe place. In the past few summers we have seen a growing trend towards teams of thieves targeting garage sales. While one distracts, the other grabs the cash.The larger the crowd at your sale the more apt you may be to fall victim, as they just take the money and blend right back in with the crowd. Try using an apron to keep your money on you, or assign one person to the cash box and make sure they don’t take their eyes off of it.

Price your items to sell. This isn’t Bloomingdale’s... it’s your garage. You can hope to recover 15 to 30 percent of retail on new items or those in good/used condition, 10 percent for worn items. It is often a good idea to offer items like pots and pans, towels, or sets of dishes in groups or box lots at one price for all. Don’t hesitate to set out incomplete sets of glasses, silverware and dishes. Someone else may welcome them as replacement pieces for their like set.

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