Generating Interest in Your Ad by Listing for Others

People often put stuff out on the curb without advertising it. You can easily spot this because the stuff just stays there for days on end, and it’s “good stuff”.

If it’s crap, you can’t tell, but if it’s good stuff, it’ll go.

Here’s an example of something good, that was left out up the street. I figured it could generate interest in my junk. It’s a little kiddie beemer:

I got nearly 20 requests for it before I even looked at a message. It was taken within an hour. I wish I snagged that and posted it for sale!

They also had a car seat that was gone within the day:

Meanwhile, I got two requests for my junk.

Let’s face some facts: people don’t want this furniture and wood stuff.

I am happy I got a couple requests.

I might need to sand down the nightstand and see what it looks like underneath the paint. That was my original plan. I think it could then sell for $10 or a bit more if they’re painted.

I know these items are good. They are quality. The problem is, people don’t know, and it’s only DIY-ers who can appreciate these items. By turning them into “retail” product, I should be able to dispose of them.

The Best Yard Sale Signs

It’s summertime and the yard sales are in effect. The best signs I’ve seen so far are these mysterious arrows, so I copied them.

The technique is to have arrows all over the place, so people see them and follow them.

It’s the opposite of having a big sign with an address on it. Have many small signs leading people to the destination.

The people driving around know what the arrows mean!

Still Not Gone! Second Summer Giveaway

Of all the things to take, somebody took the plastic chest of drawers.

They left behind the wood stuff, which I thought was much nicer.

I’m not really sure how to deal with this.

One possibility is to sand down the nightstand, glue it tight, and then sell it, unfinished. Maybe list it for $30.

The two cabinets have faces. They might go easier if they didn’t have those on. I suspect plain wood boxes would be more popular.

The scanner is still a good find. The VCRs might be of interest to people who do repairs – if they aren’t taken, they’ll get hoarded in the garage for another giveaway.

Selling Furniture, An Old Chest of Drawers

I sold this piece a few months ago. I originally bought it for $10, and sold it for, I think, $20.

I also put around $30 of materials into fixing it up. I got new bottom panels for the drawers, reglued all the joints, washed off the crap on the wood, and also treated it with anti-urine-smell stuff because some birds or something pooped on it.

I also did a light refinish with stain, to unify the colors. Lots of little things added up to make it a much nicer piece.

It’s not a great antique, but it’s a nice antique. I’d guess it’s from the 1910s to 1930s and from North Carolina. Lightweight and pretty sturdy, it provided good service, and looked pretty nice.