Our Garage Sale in Townsville

We ran a garage sale here in Townsville a few weeks ago and the response that we had to it wasn’t as good as what we were hoping for. It was better than our first garage sale at our previous help, but still not very good.

Tamara’s parent’s had run quite a few garage sales down in Adelaide, and the garage sales went really well in Adelaide. I remember running some garage sales in Calgary during their community garage sale weekends, and the garage sales in Calgary did fantastic, although us kids normally ended up buying more stuff at other garage sales than we sold at ours.

One note to look out for though is watch out for rip off artists trying to find bargains at your garage sale!

While I was upstairs at one point a guy came around the garage sale and had a look at a security system from our previous house. I know that the security system was complete, and working well, as I removed it myself from our other house, and we were using it up until when we moved out. The conman said that it was missing parts (a circuit board) and got the security system for half the price (remember, I was upstairs).

I honestly can’t understand what goes through someone mind to convince themselves that to save some money it’s okay to lie through their teeth! The guy probably does it every weekend, and then resells what he buys. I hope he doesn’t come around to any future garage sales that we run in Townsville.

We will probably be running another garage sale this year in Townsville, but we are also looking at using ebay.com.au for some of our smaller items to see how we go on there.

Special thanks goes out to Tamara’s parent’s for all their help on this garage sale.

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6 Replies to “Our Garage Sale in Townsville”

  1. Aimee

    That’s too bad. It does make you wonder why people have to lie to get a good deal, why not just ask for it outright?

    We don’t have community garage sales, unless neighbors decide to get together, most people just do them in their yards.

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  3. Roy

    Sorry to be sharp: A fool and their security system are easily parted. Wheeling and dealing is why people have garage sales. It takes 2 parties to agree to make a sale. Don’t like the offer simple; don’t sell it. Good luck with your reno.

  4. Bill Hutchison Post author

    Unfortunately I was taking care of the kids when this was sold and wasn’t a part of it, someone helping us was.

    It’s one thing to wheel and deal. It’s another to lie and cheat. As you said, wheeling and dealing is part of garage sales, liars and cheaters can a get stuffed.

  5. Travis

    So you are upset because someone is trying to get a bargain? Grow up.

    A buyer tries to get the best deal they can and the seller tries to make the most they can, get over it.

    Plus you are selling at a garage sale FFS, expect to sell most things at about 25% market value and about 5-10% for clothes.

  6. Bill Hutchison Post author

    I’m upset because someone is a lying and cheating sleaze bag. Like I said before, it’s one thing to bargain, it’s another thing to be a lying prick.

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