I posted this in the drive you up the wall thread, but I think we're married to the same person!
My husband got it in his head that we had too much of DD's stuff and we should have a garage sale at the citywide sale. I suggested just taking it to Goodwill--we only have the one kid, she's only 6, and she's only in size 6, so not a huge array of kid clothes, and I sold lots of our bigger stuff years ago on CL. Oh no, he wanted to have a garage sale. I said I was not helping. He said OK. He paid $10 to get on our town's map of houses.
He brought the clothes down from the storage space a couple weeks before. And there they sat, taking up room in my dining room.
The day before, he rented some tables. That was it.
The afternoon of, he got off work a little early and started sorting clothes. (When I asked when the sale officially started, he flippantly said it would start when he was good and ready. Obviously he has never met a hardcore garage saler...)
He didn't buy dots or signs or anything--just stuck them in piles and made random signs on printer paper. Eventually he got tired (and ran out of table space, because he had only rented two) and figured people could just root through the rest.
The biggest ticket item, a plastic climber, sold immediately, but I'm not counting that in his sales, as I could have sold it on CL just as fast.
He ended up putting about 8-9 hours in minimal set up and sitting outside in our driveway. He sold $9 worth of stuff. (He realized later that mothers of little girls don't want used dresses with spit up on them that are 6 years old/not the current style, and most clothing garage salers are mothers of boys. I could have told him that. Oh wait, I did
) Then someone on here pointed out that he had paid the $10 to get on the map.
So a weekend wasted and he made -$1. LOL.
Yeah. SO not worth it.