One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure and Vice Versa

One great way to get rid of the myriad possessions we accumulate over time is through a garage sale. Whether you call it a garage sale, yard sale, tag sale, estate sale or some other name, it all amounts to the same thing. The person selling wants to get rid of stuff and someone out there wants to buy it.
We hold the event most often at our homes and watch as person after person looks it over, sometimes rejects the whole lot or more often bargains with you for the best price on a single item. Of course there are dealers and sellers who buy for resale and because I have done that myself, I feel extra generous in bargaining since they are more likely to buy more than one item.
You often hear the phrase about “one man’s trash being another’s treasure,” but since I am currently in the midst of this event, it is only fair to remind you this phrase can work the opposite way also. What you may believe to be a priceless treasure can be looked at as junk by another person.
Because I love old things, I expect every other person to appreciate them. Most prefer new and shiny to anything with a past so they do not see the prize we found but only someone else’s junk. They do not see the history that explains its worn condition or the age that made it so valuable. They probably won’t recognize that when it first came put, it was new. Maybe a new innovation, possibly a whole new concept. Maybe someone just ‘made a better mousetrap.’ It may have been the utensil that made some chore easier or more efficient.
Old things are often valued because of their workmanship from a time when craftsman put their names on items because they were made with care and pride. But the modern customer at a sale will only see the price and mentally compare it to a Wal-Mart item made in China. The beauty of an item no longer used will only be appreciated by a connoisseur of the fine arts or one with an eye for beauty. Also remember that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ which brings us to the matter of taste. Tastes vary so greatly from era to era, place to place and person to person. What one person finds ugly another person may love but, it works the other way also. That beautiful painting you have admired for years or even decades might seem very unappealing to another person.
So when we start to sell off our belongings to pursue an adventurous life of full-time RV-ING, we must recognize the fact that most of what we have will not command the price we expect since many things, even older collectibles lose their value.
That item you expect to bring big bucks must be examined carefully if you expect to price it correctly. It most likely is no longer mint if ever it was that condition. It may have been perfect when brand new from a store, but you have lived with it for a long time and living means wear and use. Even the collectible though bought used at a much later date than manufactured has also been subject to the passage of time. Even on a shelf it can start to wear, discolor or deteriorate. Price accordingly. If you own a one of a kind, valuable or rare item, try to get a good price, but be ready to settle for less. You are selling second-hand and not in a store or shop.
When you enjoy the process of selling items at fair prices and connecting with folks at a personal level it is much more fun and definitely more profitable.

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