It’s summer here and that means there are a fair amount of yard sales in my local community. It’s like a gold rush of junk and the everyone wants to sell their treasures! I enjoy a good garage sale like the next guy (if that guy happens to be a hoarder). You can find some good tools, cheap books, dangerous toys, out of style clothes, and dead Nana’s ashes.
Perhaps you want to sell your Treasures? Follow my Tips for Huge Garage Sales!
- Get Rid of Your Spouse and Children – You don’t want your sentimental, sappy husband or your whining kids mucking up the sales process with their cries of “But that was my favorite bike” or “I still need that hammer to fix the gate” or “I need that heart medication to survive.”
- Sell High Quality Items – Sure, that is pretty easy right? You know what sells? Your neighbor’s stuff. Like their brand new lawn furniture or their ECHO weed wacker. Or that bratty kid’s bike down the street. Just slip them into our inventory, price them dirt cheap (like your wife’s perfume), and watch the money roll in.
- Advertise Your Yard Sale – Make sure to make a big sign and hot glue it to the neighbor’s car down on the corner. Hey, if he is stupid enough to park his car on the public street, then it can become a good spot for a nice sign to direct traffic to your awesome garage sale.
- Put on Some Music – Have your nephew and his gangsta rap music group have a concert outside. Nothing like a bunch of swear words to get those Buyers itching to buy!
- Selling on a Hot Day? Some would suggest selling lemonade…I would add Vodka and get the sales party started. Everyone knows that liquor helps to loosen up those tight purse strings. And what could go wrong with vodka infused lemonade at 9:32 am?
- Need something for the Husbands to do? Husbands get bored at garage sales. To combat this, start a craps game in the backyard. Everyone loves craps! Remember the longer they are playing, the longer their wives are at the garage sale buying your stuff!
- All Sales Final – Don’t forget to remind your customers that all sales are final. They are stuck with your treasures now!
After those final customers sober up, you can get rid of the reminder items on Craig’s List for FREE!
Do you have some awesome tips or a story to share? Leave them in the comments below!
Summer is here and a few years back I read about Adult Summer Camps. I didn’t pay much attention to the Adult Summer Camp craze because I was too busy being, you know, a parent. Besides, I’ve done my fair share of camping, backpacking, and attending summer camps as a young Boy Scout and also as a Boy Scout troop leader. Oh, and don’t forget my trips to various Girl Scout camps with my daughter as well. So you can imagine, I’m not too interested in sleeping a musty old cabin eating bad food at the dining hall as an adult because we now have an Adult Summer Camp opportunities abound.
So, you see, the idea of Adult Summer Camp doesn’t really appeal to me. However, I can see that it is a great idea because it already exists and someone is making some money. However, I believed these “summer camps” are called business conventionsand trade shows and held in places like hotels. Usually you have to attend because your job requires you to. Or you could go for pleasure and attend something like Comicon. You know, a place where you can dress up in a costume just like you do on Halloween. There is nothing wrong with that. It is a hobby and hobbies are something you enjoy doing and I strongly encourage you to attend a convention if you want to. I just don’t understand why someone wants to head out to the woods and go back to summer camp. I’d much rather head to a hotel and enjoy the pool and spa services.
Of course, I’m a fool for not cashing in on the Adult Summer Camp craze. I know a number of experts (aka friends) that could assist me in creating a new summer camp. If someone wants to pay me to attend a summer camp, who am I to stop them?
What courses would I offer? The list is endless!
- Lawn Mowing and Lawn Care
- Complaining & Whining
- House Painting
- Cheap Vacations
- Car Maintenance
- How to Fail
- Drone Flying (and Crashing!)
- Home Beer Brewing (and its sister course Beer Drinking)
- How to Be Depressed in Your Life without Mental Illness
- Boating and Floating
- Camping Basics
- Candle Making
- Wine Drinking
- Scotch and Whisky Drinking
Pretty much whatever you can imagine, we could offer it as a course. I could rent some old summer camp, set up some old army tents, get some retired school cook for my mess hall, and we would have our summer camp up and running in no time. Daily Field trips to the local pub for inspiration would be a must. Hands on experience (like painting my house) with a touch of reality (see my highly regarded course “How to Fail”).
I know you are dying to sign up. For only $1499 per week, this summer camp experience can be yours. You can send me cash anytime. I promise to save your spot for you.
Have a great idea for a course? Want to be a part of a winning team (or you need a job for the summer)? Let me know! Frankly, I need all the help I can get.