Before Christmas we helped out one of our friends that is going to be moving. We found so much stuff that we thought would have some value. After going through everythign real good we realized that some of the stuff would only be worth money to a collector. We didn’t have the time to get in touch with collectors so we just let certain things go for whatever we could.
We found some of the first cell phones ever made. We also found a full stereo system that fit inside of a “Buffet” unit. It had a turntable, and a tape deck. We got in touch with a few people that might have been able to use the stereo equipment, but it turned out that they needed more current stuff like the Gemini turntables you see for music professionals. We know that it could have gone for more, but didn’t have the time to wait.
She had so much stuff that we didn’t realize until the end of the day that we had practically cleared 60% of her house out. When she came home from being at the mall she was amazed at how much wasn’t there anymore. We now are getting ready for the final moving sale. We were firm on our prices the first time, but this time we are going to deal a bit more, but not give things away.
It will be a shame to see a friend go, but the economy has hit some people harder than others. Have you ever done anything like a moving sale? How did it work out for you?
Each year I dread what comes the day after Thanksgiving. I have only gone out one time for Black Friday, and that was last year. That trip was strictly a favor for someone because I had a truck that they needed to use. With the holidays coming my wife is continually on the computer looking up Black Friday ads. She also loves looking for sales.
She found one of the more popular Black Friday sites and started looking through the specials. She always checks Target coupons on a regular basis. She found one or two things that are the same price either way you purchase.
Some retailers just don’t realize that their specials are almost their everyday price. Best Buy is doing a IPhone special. $99 when you sign a new contract for 2 years. Well… That is the same deal if I go there right now and purchase.
Here is my advice… Stop trying to rip everyone off, and just take care of the customers the right way.
This year we were able to avoid having to spend any major money on any furniture for the house. On Christmas Eve I ended up finding out that our kitchen table had some serious structural issues, and had to be fixed before guests arrived. I had to get my neighbor to help me out with getting some wood for me to make some temporary braces.
Now that Christmas is over my wife is now looking through papers for specials on furniture for the house. I tried to tell her that we should be looking for good deals, but not cheap deals. I am not one that likes to spend on the same thing multiple times in one year, and some furniture need not be replaced within 2-3 years from purchase. I wish that I could afford the log furniture that you see at specialty shops, or in the smaller towns. That furniture is made to last, and very nicely designed.
I can’t afford anything like that so I will have to suffice with whatever we can actually afford at this point. If need be we will make alterations to our lives, and eat on our other table that has been with us for quite a few years.