The old adage is true: one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
That was something that became clear to me this past weekend when I held a yard sale to get rid of some extraneous belongings in the mild hopes of making a little extra cash.
I’m blessed to have an overabundance of things. Maybe a little too blessed, considering how much of my stock consisted of toiletries and bath products I had collected over the years. I can’t help but wonder if people are trying to tell me something.
Many of the items I was getting rid of had become redundant or were obsolete, like older computer equipment. I found two old Palm Pilots, one of which I’d begun my writing career on and neither of which sold. One of the first things I sold was a pair of CD wallets I had no use for. Remember the days before MP3 players, when CD players were the new hotness, and you’d carry a whole bunch of CDs with you? Yeah, neither do I.
Then there were the random things I was sure would go first. Alas, I was wrong. Still among my possessions are a hospital-issued biohazard waste receptacle; a vintage-style Lost In Space metal lunchbox; a brand-new picture frame regifted to me for my wedding; and a toaster oven/toaster combo I thought a needy college student would snatch up.
The thing that always baffles me, though, are how books never seem to sell in yard sales.
Sure, our collection was fairly esoteric; my husband is a prolific reader of history, politics and the sciences, and so most of the books we had for sale were nonfiction titles. But at the low price of $2 per hardcover and $1 for paperbacks, I was shocked only one book sold. It was a Glenn Beck book. Someone was buying it as a gag gift.
What does that say about the value of books? Do people see a book as more than an investment of dollars, but of time, as well? Are people more willing to shell out for a book in a used bookstore than they would at a yard sale?
Chime in with your thoughts! Do you check out the books people sell in yard sales? Do you silently judge people by what they’ve read or are getting rid of? What’s the best find you ever made? Leave a comment below!