As you might imagine, my garage has a lot of "stuff" in it. Like many guys, I am a big believer in hammering a nail into the wall, then hanging some junk on said nail. I operate under the theory that the more things I get off the floor, the better my chances are of actually parking a vehicle inside the garage. One of the things I had hanging on the garage wall was a Scotts "Speedy Green" rotary spreader; those bright green buckets on wheels used to fertilize lawns. Back in the day, I was a lawn care addict. The Scotts' "4-step" fertilizer program lawn was my religion and I would dutifully apply each bag of fertilizer down as decreed by Scotts. I would conclude each lawn application with a borderline OCD ritual, carefully washing down my spreader with a bucket of warm soapy water. Although a little over the top, this bathing ritual kept my $75 investment as clean and shiny as the first day I bought it.
But after years of following this routine, it got a little old. So I dropped the my lawn care drudgery, buying a simple $12 hand held rotary spreader. These small spreaders operate like your grandmother's flour sifter-just crank the handle and the fertilizer flies out the bottom! A quick walk around the yard spinning the little crank and the job is done! No hassling with the big spreader and more importantly, no big clean-up production! The hand held model was an easy rinse off in the laundry room sink. Having found this simple alternative to fertilizing my lawn, the Speedy Green went into storage on the garage wall, ignored and largely forgotten.
The spreader was a permanent fixture on the wall until recently, when I looked up and took notice of it. It dawned on me that I could turn the thing into some nice cash! Although spring would have been a better time to sell a spreader, I figured there were plenty of guys who still would be fertilizing right through to fall. I removed the Speedy Green down from it's high perch and took some photos of it in the backyard. Capitalizing on my cleaning obsession, here's how my Craigslist ad read....
Scotts EZ Spreader Fertilizer Broadcaster - $25
Cleaning out the garage and this has been hanging up on the wall for a few years now. My lawn isn't that big, so I switched to a hand held spreader. This spreader is in very good condition. Back in the day, I would actually wash this down with car wash soap after each use. Because of that, the hopper bin is nice and clean.
Notice how I worked in the term "hopper bin" in my ad? Guys love throwing around farming terms whenever we get the chance. It makes us feel all agrarian when we can use "hopper bin" in a sentence! Truth be told, I think most guys have a secret desire to be a farmer. Don't most third grade boys list farmer as a career choice, right behind policeman and fireman? That's why we buy riding lawnmowers and tractors, even if we have postage stamp size lawns! I am a prime example. Although I rarely use them, I own two shovels, a "sod-buster" rake, hoe, a steel rake and not one, but two wheel barrels. (Garden size and heavy-duty size.) Heck, I even have an old steel pitchfork with a wood handle that I bust out every spring just to shovel mulch! I eagerly look for reasons to loan it out to my buddies on my suburban street, insisting they use my pitchfork. They gladly except it too, reverently holding the pitchfork in their hands like it's a vintage baseball bat used by Babe Ruth! I am telling you...guys love farm tools!
So although it's more a lawn tool then a farm tool, I knew my Scotts spreader would sell quickly. Listing it on Craigslist, it sold in just a few days for my asking price of $25. I met the buyer in a store parking lot, giving him the run down on how to use it, and of course, proudly pointing out the super clean hopper bin! He was rightfully impressed and didn't dare negotiate me down off my price. A few hours after the sale, I received the following e-mail from the buyer:
"Good doing business with you; the spreader's in great shape!"
So just as I did with my lawn spreader, you should search high and low around the house for overlooked things to sell. Don't forget those lawn and garden tools and always be sure to clean out the hopper bin!
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