Since the Great Toy Sale of 2011 didn't happen, I have had to come up with other ways to try to A-get rid of things while B-getting back of few of our hard earned dollars as well.
So I listed about 40 items on the local Yahoo Tag Sale site and threw photos of it all in the online photo album for the site last Friday. I sold 11 dolls of the 12 I had listed before Saturday was over! Of course, 1 person crapped out and didn't take 2 of the dolls she asked for and then I held for her for 3 days. Grrrrr
None of the toys or collectibles I listed sold, just the dolls. Weird....
I made $89 on the ones I sold and I'll relist the 2 that person didn't take. I'll list some more items this weekend and see what else I can sell....or maybe I'll wait until Halloween is over and people might be more in the mood for spending on Christmas presents.
A lot of this stuff from the Toy Sale will end up going to Salvation Army as well as the local Yahoo Group Christmas List for helping the needy.
Another group I give to is a local volunteer fire department. They hold a fundraiser each fall, usually Oct. or Nov. It's what they call a Chinese Auction around here. You may know it as a Penny Auction, or a Tricky Tray or a Silent Auction or some other name.
Basically, you buy sheets of tickets at the door, as many or as few as you want. There is a master stub and about 25 other smaller tickets on each sheet. All tickets have the same number. You keep the master stub and you deposit your smaller tickets into buckets that sit next to prizes in the hall....one bucket per prize. You can put 1 or you can put 1000 tickets in the bucket of something you want to win...or you can skip buckets and put nothing in, it's all up to you.
After a couple of hours of ticket dropping, they call time and you sit down. The folks running the auction then pull a ticket from each bucket and if it has your number on it, you win the prize.
I must say these are very enjoyable events and I go to them whenever I get the chance. It doesn't have to cost you much money and besides the social aspect of the event there is the thrill of maybe winning stuff so it satisfies the gambling addiction in me....such that it is.lol
Mostly the folks running one of these will solicit local businesses for prizes. The organizations members also will donate items to make it more successful.
And then there are crazy people, like me, who donate brand new stuff from my hoard of crap.lol
About a week ago a local volunteer fire dept. that I have donated TONS of items to for their auction contacted me. I have been a very generous donator of crap there for the last 6 or so years so they plan on me giving them stuff at this point.
Since we were out of town for a few days I didn't have a chance to call her back yet.
Well she called again while I was out at the grocery store yesterday. The event is a week from tomorrow so the fire dept. ladies are getting antsy. Hubs, who took the call, said that the fire dept. lady(who is in charge)is tired of hearing the other ladies nag at her about getting stuff from me. She feels like she's stalking me.lol
So I went out in the garage this morning and here is what I've got together to donate to their Fundraiser....
2 sets of ceramic Salt & Pepper Shakers (Wedding Set, Xmas set that matches cookie jar)
Maxine Snow Globe
1 Curious George Bank/Gumball Machine
1 Spider-man Clock
3 assorted Boyds Bears Resin Figures (Ike & Libby, Edward the Elf, Jeremy as Noah)
That's $365.00 worth of good, new in the box, decluttering crap leaving the house on Monday, making 2 nice big fat donations to charity for October.
Yay me!! ;-)