What you can learn from going to yard sales?
This post was inspired by Sharon Tara's post. Trudy and I love going to yard sales. You one never know what you are going to find and two what you will be able to buy even if you find something good.
For example, Trudy went out to a yard sale on Friday morning she saw advertised. Well there was nothing at the yard sale, but across the road sat two wicker chairs with a sign on them saying FREE. We both love FREE. Sometimes you have to look elsewhere. She walked up the driveway and rang the door bell and indicated she was interested in the two wicker chairs. The lady in the house said I have another one as well, a rocker. I got the phone call, but was showing a home, so Trudy went and borrowed a van from a friend as she could not fit them all in her car. I get home and find her chipping paint off the chairs and a rocker sitting in our sun room.
Let me back up a little here and tell you where this current phase started. last year there was a big yard sale in a big Main Line home. Sitting in the yard was this gorgeous wicker chair, painted a bright blue. Asking price $10, we offered $5 and settled on $6. We got it home and did a little research. It was an old, Bar Harbor chair and dated from around 1950. It was worth quite a bit. It is Trudy's favorite chair.
These three wicker chairs were similar, one is probably old like the previous one, but needs some care and attention. They all need repainting. But like the other they are worth quite a bit of money.
Now, every yard sale is not like that, sometimes you turn up and the offerings are quite ordinary and the prices quite extraordinary. We quickly move on. Other times you turn up and the seller is motivated, their prices are attractive and people are buying left and right. They usually have a free pile as well, they just want this stuff gone. These are the yard sales we love, you can often find something to buy.
As a past antiques dealer I am always on the lookout for something good, sometimes I find it, often I don't but the hunt is part of the fun. You just never know what you are going to find.
Real estate can be a little like that, you never know what you are going to find, sometimes you have to look elsewhere, and if you do whether you will be able to buy it, but the hunt can be a lot of the fun. If you need help, let us know,we will happily help you.
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