What a great idea! The city of Needville, Texas hosted a city-wide yard sale this past weekend. For the chic upcycle-minded urbanite or someone trying to stretch the family budget browsing one yard sale after another can be a great way to spend a Saturday morning.
The city-wide yard sale is co-sponsored by the Economic Development Corporation. The event is hosted twice a year. The city advertises on their webpage and also places placards in the surrounding cities.
We started out about 7:30am with a hot cup of coffee and an open mind. The day was overcast with scattered showers in the forecast.
The entire city was prepared for the onslaught of bargain hunters. The city had arranged for all entrance and exits through parks and schools to be open in order to accommodate the flow of traffic. Their were police officers posted in the more congested neighborhoods. The traffic flow was steady.
I also picked up several items to use as display pieces in my antique resale space. They need a bit of TLC but that’s part of the fun. Looking past the obvious and seeing the potential.
My sister-in-law is a weekend yard sale warrior. She flips houses for a living and finds great deals on plumbing fixtures, lighting and hardware to name just a few. This weekend she scored cedar boards for $4/ea. According to her it was the buy of the day.
My experience with yard sales is you can not start out with high expectations. Shopping yard sales can be compared to searching for the needle in the haystack. Most people have either held on to their stuff far too long and now it amounts to junk. Others are still emotionally attached and therefore have priced their stuff so high they will be keeping it at the end of the day.
Then there are a few people who really just want to get rid of the stuff they no longer need. They have priced it to move. They have organized the items so that they are easily viewed by the shoppers. They have also decided that they will accept any reasonable offer.
I typically donate my no longer needed clothing and housewares to someone who has an immediate need such as family that has experienced a house fire or the wrath of a natural disaster. Otherwise, I will drop off a box of gently used items to GoodWill or Salvation Army.