Consignment Vs. Garage Sale
We all love a garage sale right? Okay, maybe not. How many of you have spent weeks on end digging in your basements, crawl spaces, attics and cupboards collecting all that “stuff” you’ve been hoarding for years, in order to have one heck of a garage sale? Wait there’s more…next you spend several more weeks pricing and organize it, so you can sit in your garage in the sweltering heat Wednesday thru Saturday for at least five hours a day, to sell to people who offer you less than half of the marked price! We have all done it and some of us actually like doing it, but most of us would rather have a root canal than bother with all that work.
I will occasionally get the argument from customers that if they sell the item themselves they will make more money. Well, let’s consider this for a moment. By selling the item themselves they will probably make more…I can agree with that. However, how much did you really make when you consider the time and effort you put into preparing the items to be sold? Even if you opt not to do a garage sale and you choose to advertise on Craigslist, you are still putting a lot of time and effort into it. For example, it can take you hours to take pictures, download them, and write a catchy advertisement that will sooner than later end up on page 100 of your category. Not to mention the part where you need to make yourself available to every stranger (emphasis on strange) who wants to come inside your home to view your sale items and all your (not for sale) valuables as well. Yikes, let’s stop there!
What sounds more appealing to you? The first option of a garage sale and all its preparation and down time? Perhaps the second option… Craigslist which involves much preparation and the occasional shady person? I don’t know about you, but I think that option three is the best! Which is consigning your treasures with a professional who will market them, sell their features and function to hundreds of prospective buyers, merchandise them, and care for them, allowing you to do more important things… such as that root canal I spoke of earlier. Okay, maybe not the root canal, but surely you will find something fun to do!
See you in the store soon!
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