I had a request from someone on IG asking if I could do a post on the yard sale finds that didn’t turn out how I planned. I thought about it for a while but decided to give it a whirl. My hesitation came as it was hard to actually think of failed finds. When I follow some simple rules its easy to avoid the fails. It's only when I don't follow them that problem can arise. However, the question still remained. So here are a couple of recent items that would be considered “find fails.”
I think some of the simple mistakes come from not paying attention. You are searching through piles of kids clothes grabbing several items and then, like I did below, I misread the size on the tag. While all the other clothes I picked up were 18mo or older this set snuck into the bunch. It’s a super cute outfit and for 25cents for all three items, it’s a massive deal. That is until you factor in that Eve is almost out of 12mo clothes and winter is long gone here in Texas. Meaning I’m out 25cents technically. Honestly, it’s not really a big deal, I just get annoyed I bought something I can’t use. I will, however, toss this in the pile of items I am mailing to a friend in New York. They are still getting blasted with snow so maybe she will find this useful for the little one. So not a big fail, but it is one that could have been prevented by simply reading the tag.
You know the saying when you assume you make an ass out of you and me? Well, it’s true for a reason. Much like the find fail above this one could have been prevented by simply flipping through all the books I picked up. This particular look and find book was one of four that I had picked up. I quickly flipped through the first two books. Everything looked fine. I couldn’t even find a pen mark or a folded page. They were in great condition. I assumed the other two would be as well. It wasn’t until I got home and Bear asked me what happened to the page that I realized one of the books was in rough condition. There are several pages that are torn. The worst being the majority of a page that is missing. Had I taken the time to look through them all I would have seen this and not purchased it. The cost was 25cents a book and for that price, I will let the kids use it as is. No, it’s not a lot of money but I don’t like items that are in this condition no matter what the price is. Once again it could have been prevented. If I showed up at someone’s door for these books I would have flipped through every one and then not have purchased this one. Why did I not do the same at the yard sale I will never know.
Hope you all following along have learned from my mistakes and use the tips I share. Since I prefer to focus on the good... what is your biggest yard sale score?