Making money flipping a garage sale find can be fun! It's even better when your buyer is just as excited about your find too. Case in point, about four weeks ago I happened upon a garage sale not far from my house. As I pulled up, it looked like a loser to me. There were a lot of new fabrics, curtains and similar stuff. From the seller's garage sale description, I learned she had an "on-line" store. (Most likely eBay). She had recently closed her business and was liquidating everything via her yard sale. Since I am not into fabrics and curtains, I figured I'd take a quick look and get on my way.
Glancing around the merchandise, my low expectations were confirmed and I started to head back down the driveway. I slowed down however when I spotted a black carry-on bag underneath the table. I recognized it was a bag for a musical instrument. Kneeling down to unzipper the bag, I discovered a bright, shiny snare drum inside. School band season immediately jumped to mind! Having been through the middle school band years with my own kids, I knew these instruments are expensive. I also knew that with the new school year only weeks away, parents would soon be scrambling to buy their child an instrument.
I later learned my twenty dollar find was a 14" inch "Pearl" snare drum kit. In addition to the drum, the bag contained a chrome plated stand, drum sticks and a practice pad. The drum itself was near perfect with almost no signs of use on the skin. The chrome plated drum stand was shiny and looked like new. Naturally, I bragged about all this in my Craigslist ad. I also mentioned that Pearl snare drum kits retail for $150 in many music stores. Initially, I listed the drum for $125. But after a few days with no serious interest, I dropped the price to a hundred dollars. Shortly thereafter, I received several inquiries, including a lady willing to drive over two hours to pick it up. Unfortunately, I guess her spirit was willing, but her car weak because she never showed up. I later received a text from her blaming her no-show on car problems. A typical Craigslist "almost" buyer.
Yet another great ending to an awesome garage sale find. I made an impressive $80 dollars, mom got a good deal and most importantly, the kid rolled away with the snare drum of his dreams. A win-win for all involved!
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