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Monday, July 21, 2008

Garage Sale update and notice of Resale Shops NOT to shop at!!!

My sale was a great success! I got rid of so much stuff. It's always amazing what people will buy and what they won't... in total I made about a $1000 so I think I win!

I was a bit disappointed that more of my clothes didn't sell, but that just wasn't the clientele of my sale - clearly the boat mention in the adds drew a different crowd - they weren't interested in my clothes. So my great plan was to take my remaining clothes to a resale shop. I went through the lot piece by piece and folded it neatly and took strict inventory. I went ahead and took the t-shirts and other plain items to Goodwill. By my calculations, at and average of $5 a piece, I was expecting $700 total, but would be happy with $500 if they took it all.

My first stop was Plato's Closet in Fayetteville. I was there as it opened but was not the first one in line to sell clothes - no worries, I waited... when it was my turn, I helped get all my bags onto the counter and then was told it would be about 30 minutes and I could leave if I wanted - NO WAY - I stayed very close to my clothes. They had no interest in my formal dresses nor my business attire, but I had plenty of "going out clothes" to last someone a few years.... well, out of 85 pieces that she sorted through, she only was interested in 14 and was only going to offer me $37.10 for them - WHAT? really? I told her no thank you and that the pair of boots she personally wanted cost 3 times that to begin with and there was not anyway I was going to take the insult of $2 a piece! I'd rather give it away that that!!!
So my advice to you on Plato's Closet - DO NOT SHOP THERE, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SELL TO THEM - STAY AWAY, PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS....

2nd stop was a place in Bentonville "Check My Closet." I remember that's where lots of people in High School would go to buy their homecoming and prom dresses so I thought this would be a great place to sell my formals and my suits, etc. NO! WRONG AGAIN!!!! The owner of this shop could not have been any ruder to me (and Melanie was with me too). It was ridiculous.
So my advice to you on Check My Closet - DO NOT SHOP THERE, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SELL TO THEM - STAY AWAY, PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS...

So here's my plan - I'm keepin' the clothes and will have another great sale one weekend in September when there is not a football game! However, if you are interested in a private showing, or are in need of a formal (sizes 2 and 4 and 6), feel free to give me a ring!!! I'll hook you up!

So all in all, the sale was good, as I mentioned earlier. I do want to say a special thank you to Lindsey and Jason... they helped me move ALL of my crap from Dallas - they are great friends to have done that AND still talk to me today!!! Love you both!

2 comments:

Mikel and Lynn said...

Just to add my two cents - Check My Closet was rude to me too and only gave me $5-$10 for good, used only once-twice formals and bridesmaid dresses. VERY RUDE.

Kathryn said...

Hey what about selling them on ebay? It's kind of a hassle...but you never know. I've never tried to sell my stuff at the resale shops but now I'm glad I never did. Who knew it would be such a hassle!