Saturday, January 25, 2014

KidKraft Furniture at deep discounts

Around this part of the country, we're still a long way off from garage sale season. At best, I am looking at a few sporadic sales beginning in mid-March. The real action won't kick in until April. So anyway you look at it, the season for me is still a good eight weeks away. Fortunately, I have plenty of thrift store and yard sale finds keeping me in business. Occasionally, I even acquire some fresh inventory from a place very close to home...the neighbor's trash! These finds are a head shaking example of how some folks just throw away perfectly good stuff. To me, it's like throwing away money!

I have a  nice young couple with two adorable kids living on my street. From my "nosey neighbor" observations, their kids are constantly showered with expensive gifts from their well-to-do grandmother. I see the grandma most weekends, when she pulls up in her fancy BMW sedan bearing gifts for the grandkids. It's clear that she buys so much stuff for the kids that the young couple can't keep up with it all. To deal with the constant gift influx and clutter, they resort to throwing out grandma's previous gifts! For the life of me, I don't know why these folks don't just sell the stuff on Craigslist or have a yard sale? I suppose it's part of an affluent mentality, whereby they either can't be bothered, or they just don't appreciate the value of a buck. I shouldn't complain though. Due to their wastefulness, I've picked up some pretty nice things out of their trash!

About a month ago, the young couple were house cleaning again. The results of this clean-up were tossed curbside, awaiting the next trash collection. Trying to be inconspicuous, I slowly drove by to see if there was anything I could  re-sell. There at the curb sat a cornucopia of potential inventory including; a wooden high chair, a fancy stroller, a table lamp and a baby jumper. I made a mental note of the items, then went on-line to determine what had the best re-sale value. I passed on the baby jumper, knowing similar models seem to pile up at the local thrift stores. Being a guy, I completely ignored the table lamp. I decided on the stroller and the high chair, figuring I could make me a few bucks between them. I wanted my son to be part of the recovery mission plan, but with kids you have be careful. You never know how they'll react to participating in a trash run! I tried to be as casual as possible with my guy. My instructions to him were as follows,

"Hey buddy, go take the dog for a walk. Oh, and by the way...grab that high chair and stroller while you're out there too."

To my surprise, the kid didn't give me any resistance. Sometimes I think he actually enjoys our occasional trash picking misadventures. Once he got back with the neighbor's trash (and our dog),  I reviewed what we had...and it was good!

The wood high chair was a little dusty, but otherwise it was in perfect condition. I discovered it was made by "KidKraft", a company that specializes in quality wood furniture for kids. I couldn't find the exact model on the KidKraft website, but I estimated the chair sold new for around a hundred dollars. Learning this, I couldn't believe my neighbors would just throw such a nice piece of furniture out to the curb! I cleaned it up and photographed it in the backyard. This is how my trash picked treasure looked on Craigslist :


     Classic Children's High Chair Wood KidKraft Pottery Barn - $40


   Beautiful classic children's high chair in all white. Hard to find all-wood piece made by Kid    Kraft. Very clean. Similar models found in Pottery Barn or elsewhere retail for $100. Nice price here! : )



Although a great piece, I wondered if there would be much interest in a wooden high chair? After all, unlike KidKraft, most chairs are made of plastic, making them durable and easy to clean. No concern was necessary on my part. After just a few days, the trash picked high-chair sold for $40 bucks! The buyer sent her husband to meet me in the parking lot of Lowe's Home Improvement store to pick up the KidKraft chair. The guy was my favorite type of Craigslist buyer-no fuss/no muss! Telling me he was in a hurry to catch a football game on TV, he slapped two twenties in my hand, grabbed the chair and hauled out of the parking lot! Just that quick, I turned trash into cash!

The stroller is another story. It's a  high-end Maxi-Cosi stroller that retails in stores like BabiesRus and Amazon for around $150! If this were warm weather season, the stroller would have been sold by now. But understandably, very few moms are looking to take their baby for a stroll in sub-freezing temperatures. With nothing but snow and freezing temps for weeks to come, I've received little interest from buyers. But once spring arrives, I think I'll have no problem selling the Maxi-Cosi stroller for at least fifty bucks! Once again, not too shabby for curbside "trash".

From trash to table!
Since the trash pickins was so good at my neighbors, you may be thinking, "Dude-why'd you pass on that table lamp?" Not to worry, Mrs. Dude could not resist it. Using the same technique as sonny boy, she took the dog out for a walk and grabbed the lamp. (That dog sure comes in handy!) The lamp is now sitting on a table in our family room. I am not an expert on lighting, but I am guessing the thing sells for $30 bucks in the stores? An awesome trash score for sure!

So all-in-all, I found over $100 dollars of good stuff sitting out in the trash! Based on this experience and my previous trash treasures adventures, I am pretty confident I could turn trash picking into a lucrative side business! But with thrift shops, this blog and eBay, my plate is pretty full...for now at least!

Have you ever salvaged anything from the trash? Share your best trash-pickin story in the comment section below.....



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12 comments:

  1. I can't bring myself to trash pick. :( however I do leave stuff out knowing that ppl will take it (I bring it back in to donate if no one does) could ey be doing the same thing? I did have someone pick a mop (head side down) out of our trash that was gross. I also offered scrap metal to a guy on cl I hear a noise and the dog is growling and he's on the side of our house picking threw our trash. We live in the poorest neighborhood in the town....if its thrown out it is trash haha.

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    1. Fear not the trash! And when I say trash, the stuff is not actually inside a
      trash can. It's put down to the curb, waiting for trash pickup.

      I am not sure what my neighbor's motivation is for throwing good stuff to the curb? There's a Goodwill donation center and Saint Vincent's just five minutes away, so if they wanted to help out the less fortunate and get a tax break at the same time, it would be just as easy for them to drive the stuff to either location. In all honesty, I think when you always have stuff given to you, you don't appreciate it's value. Then when you grow tired of the stuff - you toss it out like an old mop! Easy come-easy go, right?


      I also think there is some degree of snobbery at work. Around my town, some folks feel it's beneath them to hold a yard sale or peddle their stuff on Craigslist. In their mind, they're too good for that. Also, throwing away perfectly good stuff is a sign of how affluent they are. They can't be bothered with re-selling stuff and don't need the money.





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  2. I've only done 2 trash picks. The first was a beat-up changing table that I converted into an arts and crafts storage unit for my kids. The second was just the other week. A friend alerted me to a train table sitting on someone's front yard. I was a little leery of simply taking it, so I actually knocked on the homeowner's door (I know, such a NOVICE) to confirm it was "available". The homeowner it certainly was and if I see stuff out there again, feel free to take it! Now, all I have to do is give it a good cleaning and post on Craigslist.

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  3. Nice going with your trash picking! I picked up one of those 7 ft fake trees once a few blocks from our house. Spent 15 minutes dusting it and sold it at a consignment store for a quick $20 profit!

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    1. Thanks Lynn! Great flip o that Xmas tree. 15 minutes made you 20 bucks. You gotta love that!

      Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  4. I love that train table story. I am guessing the folks used it over the Christmas holidays but didn't want to put it back in storage. so out to the trash it went! I am totally in sync with you knocking on the door. I did the same thing when I found my the Old Town canoe out at the curb (See my link above to that story)

    Good for you for salvaging both the table and changing table. Just as a piece of advice, if you could manage to store that table until next Christmas, you'll probably get more money for it. That's when those things are really in demand.

    Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  5. After a great yard sale day we were heading home with our treasures and in an affluent neighborhood saw a guy hauling one of those octagonal baby gate/containment units to the curb. I thought maybe he was cleaning the garage but hubby pulled over & asked the guy if it was free, he said yep so we had to do a curbside car rearrange to fit it in! It was worth the semi embarassing moment (guy watched us the whole time) to get it though because i sold it the next day for $50! Whoop!!

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    1. Samantha- Great trash pick score! I think I've seen those fences at the yard sales. If you can get $50 bucks for them, they're definitely going on my BOLO list!

      Thanks for sharing the story....Dude!

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  6. Our small town has a clean up day every June. You can basically put anything that's not considered hazard waste next to the curb, and they will haul it away for free. Needless to say, as an ebayer, it's one of my favorite sourcing days of the year :)

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    1. Kimberly- We have those bulk pickups in my town too. It's funny to see the pickers. (like us) driving slowly dow the streets shining their flashlights on stuff at the curb. In fact, Mrs Dude has two GFs who do it and flip the stuff on Craigslist.

      Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  7. I found a He Man Castle in the trash. It was missing some pieces so I sold it on fb for $25 I also found one of those plastic drawer things and sold that for $10 My hubby is friends with a guy that flips cars and my hubby always gets the strollers out of them to sell. He once found a Pokemon gameboy cartridge that I sold on ebay for $30

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    1. Awesome examples of money just laying around and waiting to be picked up! The stroller source is real good. Thanks for sharing some of your sources...Dude!

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