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It was a rather gloomy and cold weekend. Regular yard sales have not started up yet. Thankfully, April and May are just around the corner, and I can barely wait.

At the one consignment sale I got to, however, I found something quite unique. A Discovery Store Kids “Phases of The Moon” remote control light-up moon. It was only $2!

As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to buy it. Mostly, because my son had just gone through a science unit on the moon and its phases. In fact, we spent two weeks writing down the phase of the moon each night (I have to add, it was a very long two weeks trying to remember to send Thing #1 out to look at the moon every evening!)

So, for $2, we can see all the moon’s phases right in our own home. Happily our “Phases of the Moon” moon worked. Here are a few pictures:

Phases of the moon light-up moon

Phases of the moon light-up moon

Next week is a big mommy market, so I might have some better finds. Until then, did you find anything worth mentioning this week?

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The past two weeks, I went to the first mommy markets of the season. It was exciting, because even though I prefer “real” yard sales, I still found some great deals. To me, yard sales are like treasure hunting. You just never know what you will find. It was great to get out into the “hunt” again!

I wanted to share a few of my first finds with you.

For Thing #3:

1. Floral Skort from The Children’s Place: $1

Floral Skort from Children's Place

2. Complete outfit from The Children’s Place: $2

Patchwork Outfit from Children's Place

For Thing #2:

1. Complete Easter Vest and Shirt from Ralph Lauren: $5 (I plan to resell this next spring on Ebay)

Ralph Lauren Vest and Shirt

 

2. Nike sneakers for summer: $4

Nike boys sneakers

For Thing #1:

1. Angry Birds Shirt: $1

Angry Birds Shirt

2. Adidas Dri-Fit Material Phillies Shirt: $2

Adidas Phillies Dri Fit Shirt

Did you start shopping at yard sales or mommy markets yet this season? What have you found so far? I am excited to continue sharing my finds with you each week throughout the season!

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Although I love going to yard sales, there are certain things that annoy me to no end about some sellers and other yard-sale-goers. I preface this with the fact that I am probably just as annoying to them, particularly the sellers, as I often ask for a lower price on an item I am buying. This post will focus on yard sale SELLER annoyances.

Things that particularly annoy me about sellers:

1. Items not priced. I see something I like/want, and pick it up, searching for a price tag. There is none. There is no sign on the table. I ask the seller who inevitably says, “I wasn’t sure. I don’t know. What do you want to give me for it?” I just hate that. What am I supposed to say? What do I *WANT* to give you for it? Really? Well, maybe fifty cents, but you probably want more than that. Do I lowball and get rejected, or do I keep trying to them to name a price?

To answer my own question, most of the time, given this dilemma, I say, “I don’t know.” I look at them with a somewhat concerned look, and eventually they name a price. If they look like they don’t care what they get, I name a low price and take my chances.

2. Items that are WAY, WAY over-priced. I like items to be priced, but on the other hand, some sellers think that a yard sale is ebay. In fact, I have been to yard sales where they literally printed out a sheet that proved that whatever they were selling was worth $10 more on Amazon or Ebay (new of course), so that knocking $10 off their well-worn item was actually a good deal. “See, this toy cost me $50 on Amazon new, and at $40 it’s a great deal. No, the lights don’t work anymore, but remember, it would cost you $50 on Amazon.”

In these cases, I don’t buy anything. It’s hopeless. If someone really thinks their items are that valuable, why even bother. They might want to actually try ebay, where they probably still won’t get as much as they think their items are worth.

Sellers, seriously, this is a YARD SALE. People don’t expect to spend ebay prices. They go to yard sales expecting YARD SALE prices. If you want a huge amount for something, take the time to take pictures, upload them, edit them, and create an ebay listing for your item.

What’s almost worse is when the items are something really bad, like completely outdated clothing, and they want $10 for a pair of pants or something. Seriously?!? Who on earth do they think will buy them?

So, those are two of my “annoyances” about yard sale sellers. Don’t worry, my post about buyers is coming sometime soon.

As a side tip, I have learned that when guys are manning the yard sale you make out better. The wives are typically more attached to the items (i.e. “I remember my little darling in that dress. I want at least $10.00 for it. I paid $25.”), whereas the man will be like, “sure, take it for $1.00. I want the stuff out of the house.”

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I *LOVE* yard sales. I go every week, every Saturday. In the winter, I wish there were yard sales, but I have to settle for consignment sales or thrift stores.

As a mom, I clothe my children almost entirely from yard sales (and they wear mostly name brand, designer and boutique items). I decorate my home with yard sales items. I get almost *everything* (other than food) at yard sales.

This is the story of my yard sale finds (and other great deals I stumble upon). It is the story of  lots of thrifty things. The story of online yard sales, and online deals. Sometimes I will share favorite quicky recipes or budgeting ideas. But mostly, everything yard sale.

I sell on ebay and make a good amount of money with yard sale finds.

On this blog, I will post tips about how YOU can also become an expert at yard-saling. I will share my tricks, my bargaining ideas, and what to look for. I will introduce you to the world of online yard sales, and tell you the pros and cons. I will discuss Craigslist, freecycle, and more!

I look forward to sharing my yard sale finds with you!

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