Earn Hard Cash from Rummage Sales

Are you ready to turn stored potential into real money? Just review some of these tips and you'll find you can make more money than you could ever imagine from seemingly worthless objects, Starting right now, you could gather and produce enough to sell nest weekend to make over $750.00. And who couldn't use that?

What Will Sell

Anything will sell. You can acquire furniture and fixtures from basements and garages;; you can scout for throwaway, or you can offer to take away what people don't need.

Household goods, appliances, cameras, bicycles, tools, baked goods--you can sell any useful object. You can sell surplus goods, irregulars, or nostalgia items. Antiques, of course, are always marketable.

Homemade woodcrafts, leather goods, photographs, postcards, stamps, and coins all sell quickly and at a good profit. Think about what you have around the house. You probably have a whole truckload of things you'd like to get rid of. Why throw them away? Turn them into cash for the things you'd really like.

What can you make? If you think about it, you know how to create things that can sell. What about making jewelry, wooden boxes, or working with shells. Walk through a crafts fair and see what's selling. And those prices have built in profit. With a little ingenuity, you can make anything to sell.


Buying something old or used, fixing it, and selling it is the heart of recycling. Making something useful from a broken discarded object is not only profitable, but it is extremely worthwhile thing to do.

Some people choose one type of item, such as cameras or sewing machines and deal only in that item. Young people are interested in repairing bicycles, wagons, or toys.

Hand and power tools are great objects to recycle. There always needed and are easy to fix and repair. Perhaps something needs a new handle, or prongs need to be bent back. May be you can find a replacement head or spring. You may need to take off rust, oil the gears, or polish the surface.

What's the best way to make a broken or old object look new? Be sure to clean it up first, and paint it only in conservative colors. Bright objects have a limited demand.

Know what the objects are worth. Buy them for a little money, fix them for a few cents, a replacement part, or a coat of paint, and sell them for less than they cost new. You've made a good profit and you're on your way to making a steady income.

Creative Crafts

One of the most rewarding and profitable ways to make money in your spare time is with crafts. You can often get materials at cut-rate prices and use them to create beautiful handmade objects that everybody wants to buy.

Start with the easiest, inexpensive items first. Take a look at decorating magazines and handicraft books for ideas and find the simple,, low-cost instructions that require no expertise and little equipment.

If you have many sources for castoff items, you will want to consider re-cycling and making new from old. You can cut old bottles to make vases or glasses. Or, you can make lamps from bottles or any object that will fit the electrical switch and cord.

Rug hooking and braiding are good ways use up lots of fabric scraps and discards. They're something you can do in your spare time--even in front of the television.

For those who are good with woodworking: wooden boxes, cutting boards, stationery racks and spice holders sell fast at the craft shows--they're wonderful presents.

You might be interested in needlework, Crocheted aprons, appliqued dolls, needlepoint pillows are always good items. You can make a high profit from handmade quilts or afghans. What about plants? House plants in unusual planters are clever items and go quickly if they're reasonably priced. Dried flower arrangements draw attention if they're well done and in nice-looking holders.

And don;t forget ceramics. They're ever-popular at crafts shows and can be put into practical use. Not only can you sell cups and saucers, but vases, pitchers and bowls go quickly too.

You can make clocks out any object. Clock kits are not expensive and can be mounted on stone, wood, plastic or fabric. Think what will sell. Watch the craft fairs and check prices. How can you make a profit?

There are thousands of objects that you can make at home with very little effort. And these produce a high profit. You can make jewelry, handbags, bookcases or candles. At craft fairs, even paintings, photographs and original design stationery are popular.

What are you good at doing? Are there crafts you always wanted to get into? Maybe you constantly make small items that you give away at Christmas, like potholder, or birdhouses, or macramé hangers. And everyone you know has one. Why not take them to market?

Be careful about pricing. Often crafts in the shows are of excellent quality, but they demand equally high price. If you need to price your items high, carefully consider the wealth of the buyers.

A good way to make money fast is to create dozens of small two or three dollar items. You can set them up on a simple folding card table with the price. Sometimes people will buy a small item on impulse because everything else is too expensive.

Consider the difference between the practical and the pretty. Crafts sell because they can be used, rather than hung on a wall or stored on a shelf. Practical items are easier to sell. Craft fairs are not the only places to display and show your goods. You can set up and sell them at swap meets, church bazaars, or even on street corners.

Go ahead-try it. Make some homemade toys or Christmas stockings or leather bags. You'll find it enjoyable as well as profitable.

Letting People Know

Advertising can be inexpensive way to sell the objects you've recycled. You might use a leader ad,, which is a short line about an object for sale. For example, "Typewriter, $750.00, private party, (phone number)." If you buy and sell typewriters, this "lead" will produce a call, then you can find out what the person is looking for. In fact, this ad will bring in many calls, and you can sell several typewriters.

A single headline is better to use than plural. If, for example, you used the word "Typewriters," it gives the impression that you're in business and wouldn't offer a bargain price.

You can photocopy flyers to post on bulletin boards in colleges, churches and factories. Perhaps there is a local organization of camera enthusiasts, for example. You might find out who's the group leader and send that person a list of what you have to sell.

An economical way to advertise a rummage sale is by having the local newspaper deliveries place a flyer with the papers. This will bring neighborhood responses. And you can always put small ads in shop windows, at supermarkets, or even tied to telephone poles.

Consider what you are selling and how you can reach those people who might buy. You may even be able to use a small display space in a store appropriate to your items. Anything sold would be at a profit to the storekeeper and to you.

Holding a Rummage Sale

You've a;ready cleaned out the attic, the basement,, the garage and the shed. You've done the same for all the relatives. And, you asked your friendly neighbors for their things, or if they'd like to participate. Now what?

Choose a good time to hold the sale, and an alternate date in case it rains. Usually, you'll only need to advertise by placing a few signs on telephone poles in the neighborhood with arrows and the address.

Even if you think you have a lot to sell, use only one date. If you don't sell it all,, you can change your signs and have the sale continue the next day, or a day on the following weekend. Consider the value of the things you have to sell,, and how important it is to get rid of them. Sometimes people who want to more or less liquidate their property will sell at almost any price. Here's a good time to buy. But if you can't get the price you feel the object is worth, don't sell it. You may get the higher price later, or save if for next years sale.

Although you should always ask a very low price when you are buying used goods, ask a fair price for selling. But be prepared to lower it.

If you have the sale on your front lawn, create perimeters so people don't wander into your home. Be sure someone is always available to take care of anyone looking at the objects displayed.

There is an excellent market for everything, but few people will pay for worthless things. Sometimes an old vase may get a couple of dollars, but often it may be worth only a token quarter. Don't expect to collect much from old memorabilia unless you know it has a good value.


You're ready to give swap meets a try; you have some items of value to sell. You'll need to find out who is running the meet you want to join, register, and pay a fee to be part of the market. Get there early, before it opens, to set up at a good spot. Regulars move up to prime locations. Take a look at the spots available. Where are the good places?

Keep in mind that you want buyers. Sometimes a front door center stop brings the largest number of lookers, but be sure the aisle is wide enough for people to stop and talk with about what you're selling.

You might want to do something to attract attention. Balloons or crazy hats are noticeable. Performing a crafts demonstration will also draw people towards your space.

Once people are looking don't let them walk by. See if you can help them find something, or at least pay attention so they know you're interested in them. Try a casual approach by mentioning some good points about the objects displayed.

If you know the full value of your objects, don't sell it for less. As you build up your knowledge of handling used goods, you'll know that people will pay a fair amount for what they want. As a novice, don't get taken by the regulars. They'll try to hit you up as soon as you unload your items. If you're unsure, don't take low offers, wait until you get better bids later in the day.

Depending on what you're selling, you can have anything from a folding card table to a mobile truck. You may need to just stake an area with poles and ropes. Perhaps you want to raise a canopy to keep the sun out. More professional swap meet dealers have portable booths to display their wares.

What image do you want? if you're selling jewelry, you'd like a stand with a black velvet covering, something a little classy to show the value of your items. If you're selling clothes, you may invest in some racks to make it easy for potential buyers to look through the goods.

The real tips in buying and selling used goods at swap meets are learned by attending them. You may be able to make friends with some people who sell what you'd like to learn about. Perhaps you might volunteer to work a few weekends so you can learn more about the business.

Selling from Home

As a crafts person, you may carry on a continual business,selling at fairs and on weekends. You can also sell objects out of the home.

Any ad you place in the newspaper should look like you're an amateur, or just trying to get rid of a few objects. Bargain hunters shy away from on-going businesses.

However, you might run a small show out of your garage or off back enclosed porch. Some people have kilns and offer ceramics classes from the barn in the backyard. Potential buyers will like the homey atmosphere and will think they're getting a good price because it comes from the source.

Or, you may do wood crafting from a basement shop,, creating beautifully carved or hand wrought items. Seeing a show might bring more of an impulse to buy. What better felling is it than to get something from the person who made it?

However, other things may be best kept in the back, under wraps.

For example, maybe you purchased a lot of five dozen lamps, irregulars from the factory. You were able to fix whatever was wrong and made them of no commercial value. If a customer saw the whole stock, dozens of identical lamps, that person would think it was such a bargain.

Selling from your home can be a solid business as if you rented a storefront. You'll want to build up steady clientele, and have referrals. If someone wants several items, give that personal special price. Anyone returning time and again should get a discount. Good business builds better business.

Use your discretion if you have a repair shop such as typewriters or sewing machines. Sometimes it is better to display the many choices available; sometimes it's better to just have a few and then pull out more from the back.

Depending on the person, you might find that being reluctant to sell such wonderful object will push for a sale. Other people need to be convinced about a good deal. Again, if you know comparative prices for the same items new, you'll have better selling points.

It's good business to offer a limited guarantee with mechanical or electrical objects. A thirty-day free repair warranty will often clinch a sale. And if you've already fixed the appliance or hand tool, you would know that it would work.

What's Legal

You are required by law to report all income. But in the business of buying and selling, you have so many deductions you can legally take, that most of your earnings are profit. If you keep all the receipts from the objects you bought, and all the receipts for the items you needed to fix up or repair these objects, you can keep a fair and accurate account of your activities. A professional accountant at years end will be worthwhile.

If you become a regular at the swap meets and craft fairs, you'll need to get a vendors permit and report the state sales tax. You can check with the directories of the meets to find out the requirements for your enterprise.

What's the Profit

If you've given it try, you'll see that you can make a sizeable profit with selling used goods. If you just run a rummage sale, you don't need to keep accurate records. But if you continue the business of buying and selling you'll need to keep track so you can tell what you're making.

Keep a record book or sheet that has five columns. In the first column,. write down the name of the object. The second column should be the date you bought the item; the third lists the price you paid. The fourth column is the date you sold it; the fifth column is the price.

The comparative dates will show you how quickly your items are selling. This is helpful to determine which objects sell best. The difference in the prices will give you the amount of profit. if you figure in the cost of transportation, and the cost of fixing the items, you'll get the amount of clear profit you've made. Not bad.

How much time are you spending? Keep track of the time you've spent in acquiring this profit. Divide these hours into the amount of profit. That's your hourly rate. How can you increase your hourly rate? The more work you accomplish, the more you'll make. The more you accomplish, the more you'll make. But look for ways to do several things at once to increase your profit. While you're at a swap meet or crafts fair, you can work on your crafts or be fixing and repairing as you mind the stall. Especially with handmade items, think of ways you can profitably mass produce, making large quantities simultaneously rather than one at a time. The goal of these enterprise is to make money from the time and energy you put in. And if you plan well, you can profit.

Make Money Now

The quickest way to get instant cash is to hold a garage sale and unload all the unused, stored or broken objects in the house. You can hold it next weekend, and, if you're like every other household in America, you can make hundreds of dollars just from castoffs.

Swapmeets are the best way to continue buying and selling items at a good profit. To create a good situation for yourself, get to know what happens at the swap meets, or in the neighboring states. Which ones sell high quality merchandise?

Talk to people who sell at those meets. How long have they been in business? What kind of profits do they make?

It is essential to know prices and the true value of used and refinished objects. How much do new ones cost? What is the market price? The most important knowledge you'll need is how much things are worth. See at the highest price the market will hold.

You'd be surprised how little people know about how much things cost. Sometimes they buy things at a swap meet, think they got a bargain, only to later read an advertisement to buy a similar item for less. Don't get taken yourself.

Create your own territory. Make contacts for picking things up and selling them. You might have a relationship with stores selling used items. Although you will never get as high a price as you would at a meet, you'd be sure to unload hard-to-sell items.

At some point you may even consider a retail outlet. Dozens of used furniture stores also work at the swap meets on weekends. And these meets are a good place to find things to stock these stores.

Develop a good attitude towards selling. Think of it as a game. You may need to hold your cards and not let someone know you'll sell for less. Or you may need to be more direct, telling a potential buyer how you replaced the parts and guarantee the items will work.

Learn to fix and recycle objects. You may have a working relationship with others who know how to repair. Perhaps you can drop things off, or offer a percentage of the profit.

Why not make spare time cash? Creating handicrafts is an easy, at-home business. You need very little investment, and the money is great.

What's the best way for you to turn old things to new money? Whether you just want to sell some unused items, or need to create a full-time income, give it a try. You have everything to gain.

If you need specialized legal advice or assistance on this subject, the services of a professional person is recommended.

Accomplish What You Want in Life

Take as look at yourself--inside and out. Where do you live, what job do you have, how do you relate to your friends and family? What interests do you pursue what adventures do you have?

What do you truly want from life? Do you want wealth and success, happiness and peace of mind? Do you want a family and a yard, a yacht or a sports car? Where are you going? Do you have a particular goal or are you just wandering through life?

You can accomplish anything you want in life--that's true. Once you have a particular goal, you can fulfill that desire by straightforward commitment and total conviction.

But what if you don't know what you want? May be your goals are small ones, like losing some weight or buying a new car. Maybe getting a promotion or finding a mate.

Whether you want a bigger apartment or what to be a corporation president,, any avenue of prosperity and achievement is open to you if it is truly what you want.

No goal is too small, no dream is too bog. And even if you aren't clear on your desires, you can tap into your subconscious mind to get the answers and to find the paths to success.

Can you change your life? Do you want to? Can you picture yourself as your most perfect image of accomplishment? How does it feel? If you have the desire to attain goals, the commitment to follow through and the ability to creatively imagine yourself in the position you dream of,, you are more than halfway there.

The most successful leaders and artists throughout history have followed specific paths and attained their heart's desires. Keep an open mind and a hopeful outlook--then change your thinking. Put on the clothes of success. Act as though you already have accomplished your desires. Then let the reality catch up.

What Do You Want?

Take a choice: money, health, physical energy, beauty, creativity, recognition, power, adventure, contentment, achievement, self-expression, authority, love, peace of mind, enlightenment. If you are like most people today, you probably want all of these.

But if you search your true desires, you might find that there are a few things you want more than others. And, if you keep going in your search, you'll find one desire that has been with you your whole lifetime and is the one path you need to follow.

Although money is the obvious desire, it is usually not the final goal. Indeed, money can and does buy happiness--up to a point. Once you have enough money to be financially secure or to purchase the material objects you want, the true desire might be something else.

Love is the goal of every person's heart. Whether it is love of a mate, or a family, or respect and recognition from peers and fellow workers, love is the ageless pursuit. The mystics say that love is the sole purpose of life--to give love and to find it.

But love comes in many forms. Not only is there the overt display of affection or true inner feelings, but there is the self-respect and inner contentment that goes with accomplishment.

For some people, true peace of mind will never be attained until they complete some creative tasks or achieve certain heights in business.

Many people week the authority that comes with a good position in a job. Along with that can come recognition and fame. Although you may want the money that is associated with high management levels,, many people simply seek the satisfaction of working from the inner circles.

The goal of every person regardless of background and material desires is health. A sound body is the gift that will get you to the other goals. Even a new diet and exercise plan can give you more energy--the energy you'll need to accomplish success.

Adventure and travel is a driving force for many people. they may seek jobs that involve travel,, or they may be looking forward to taking time off to visit the exotic ports and see the other side of the world. If you don't want a long journey, perhaps you'd just like a few weeks in a sunny resort, or the luxury of a summer and winter vacation each year.

And then there is creativity and self-expression. What about the book you're going to write or the watercolor class you'd like to take? Creative expression is a wonderful inner release that boosts confidence and gives you something to accomplish.

Finally, regardless of wealth and health, expression and love, everyone is looking for peace of mind.

That's not to say emptiness of mind, but being rid of petty worries and confusion, finished with fears and living in total awareness. It surely is the ultimate lifetime goal.

Catch Up with Yourself

Now's the time to evaluate your life and your desires. Go ahead and test yourself--nobody's looking. Try to find out what your inner desires really are. Once you know, you can formulate a plan of action, and then achieve your goals.

Right now, write down three things you want. Don't spend time thinking about them, just write them down. You may be surprised at what you want. Can you see any relation to the types of desires most sought for? What accomplishment are you most proud of? What makes you happy--happy enough to be content, to feel totally relaxed, and to slide back with a smile on your face?

Without dwelling of failures, mistakes, or past ill feelings, quickly list the most important accomplishments of your life. Think about the places you went to, the relationships you encountered,the education you received. Consider your job changes and positions, and the achievements related to work.

Put a star next to the most important accomplishments of your life. Is there any correlation with the list of the three things you want most?

Make Plans

Before you go any further with your life, make a list for your future. Write it down--don't just think it. What would you like to accomplish in the next ten years? A new house, a high-paying position, a home in a new city, a trip around the world?

Break that list down into those things you'd like to accomplish in the next five years. Then make one further division into the next six months. What can you do in the next few months to further you towards your long-term goals?

Give yourself credit for your past accomplishments, and give yourself credit for your future achievements. You can and will attain all your goals, both long-term and short-term if you approach them in a step-by-step fashion and if you believe that they are worthwhile for you.

You are the most important person in your life. Although you can be considerate of your environment and all the people in it,, first consider yourself. Your well-being, your happiness, your success. Make a pact with yourself right now that you will achieve your goals. And make them realistic to reach. Then one by one, make your own life the success it deserves.

Before the Race--Relax

An important step in achieving goals is to be able to relax. You'll get nowhere if your body and mind are nervous and flitty, jumping from one place or idea to another. In order to focus on your goal, you must center your being.

Relaxation is the balance of the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of yourself. Set aside time each day for deep relaxation--not sleep, but relaxation. The state of deep relaxation is a state of meditation. There are no thoughts in your mind. There are no physical ills or discomforts. You breathe in deeply, allowing the lungs to fill with fresh air, and you exhale all used and stale air. The blood circulates amply throughout every part of your body. You drift through space, ever towards your true destiny.

Exercise or sports is a good way to get into relaxation. The body needs physical stimulation to pump blood into all extremities, and to give the heart a good workout. Exercise is a wonderful way to let the mind relax, as you place your thoughts on the way your body moves. For many people, sports and exercise are enjoyable ways to feel alive, youthful, and fulfilled.

Then take the time to relax. Lie down on your back with your arms out, palms up. Your feet should be about two feet apart. You might clench your muscles first, then relax them. Allow your thoughts to drift, but don't get caught in them. Watch them go by, as if they belong to somebody else.

If you have a special problem, tuck that in the back of your mind--don't dwell on it up front. Let yourself and your emotions go. Breathe out the negative feelings and emotions; breathe in positive, life-giving air. Float freely. Relax.

Assume the Best

Expect to achieve;except to accomplish your desires; expect to win. Accept less, but push on to attain more. The higher your goals, the further you'll go.

The moon is no problem, nor are the neighboring planets. Soon humans beings will see close-ups of other stars and galaxies. Don't go for less than your full potential. Shoot for the universe. You owe yourself nothing less.

And aside from the universe, keep yourself on earth, in your office or studio,, working closer to those goals you want to attain.

You have a right to be happy. You have the means to be successful. You can succeed in what you desire.

Always keep in mind the fact that you are in transit, attaining your goals, moving through life as though you are an actor, and the setting is a stage.

Keep your thoughts firmly planted on prosperity, good fortune and lucky breaks. Assume that you will -- in fact, nearly have--accomplish your goals, it is with that attitude that successful people achieve,

Do You Have the Potential?

Within you is the power to accomplish anything you want. But it will not happen if you are not tuned into your true desires. Don't fool yourself into compromising for less than a complete goal. If you want to be an artists, you may not be the world's most famous artist, but if you have that inclination, you will be an artist. If you want to succeed in business, you may not be another financier/ mega-millionaire, but you will succeed in your endeavors.

Most people need accomplishment feedback. After all, what' so great about achieving something if nobody cares? And it's important to receive that recognition and feel that love.

Set goals that you can achieve. Divide them into little tidbits that you can accomplish every day, every month, every year. Set your goals for success. Then reap the rewards constantly--each step of the way. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done, and move on.

Start immediately to accomplish the goals you have set. In fact, give yourself a task that you can finish by tomorrow. Think of yourself as a success in your endeavors. Dwell on the idea that you are compelled to accomplish your goals, and live and breathe them until you have them.

Can you see yourself a year from now, having achieved a few goals? Can you make the decision and commitment to become successful in your desires? Then you have the potential to accomplish anything you want.

The Power of Self-Image

Visualizing yourself as a success in your field of endeavor is the inside trip in accomplishing anything you want. If you can specifically imagine being the person you want to become, you will attain that reality.

Forgive yourself. Just as you would another person,, tell yourself that it's okay for all those mistakes, or the should-have that keep popping up in your mind. Don't dwell on the past and get blocked by events from long ago.

Let go of fears and anxieties. Although it certainly is easier said than done., learn to change negative thoughts into positive action. Are you afraid of poverty--that you'll never make ends meet, or never buy that house, or be destitute once you stop working? Then turn that into positive goal of financial security.

Do people make you anxious. Maybe you feel inferior, not as good as others. Everybody has feelings of inadequacy. Just turn them around into positive goals. You may be paralyzed by the thoughts that you are unattractive. It is your thoughts that make it a reality. Change your modes of behavior and you will make friends.

In most cases, it is your own negative thoughts that cause you to stay stuck in whatever place you're in. Keep moving. Take the risks. You may need to change your job, or move to another city.

You might take up a sport or hobby. Become active in your life; participate, and you will grow into the image you see for yourself.

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