The moving sale is in full swing with our departure from Riverdale just a few days away. The apartment is nearly empty and the sale was a success, but – like with anything in life – the good comes with the frustrating. To that effect, here are some of the lessons learned during phase two of the sale:
1. The sale is not complete until payment is received. In other words, don’t hold items for people until the money is in your hands. (Yes, a few people left us in the lurch. We now know better and have required deposits on all items.)
2. First come, first served! It’s too tiring to keep track of who contacted us first and we got into trouble trying to do that, so whoever shows up at our apartment to pay for and collect the item first gets to take it home.
3. People want to feel like they are getting a steal. No matter what price you quote, they will try to get it for a couple of dollars less. This is just human nature, so roll with it. And props to my mother-in-law for all of the moving sale suggestions, including to put the word “Bargain” in capital letters at the top of our flyers. In her words, “everyone wants a bargain!”
When we were in the Dominican Republic, we posted about particularly interesting people and situations that we encountered. Today I share with you our top three most outrageous moving sale visitors:
1. A woman who came to our apartment at the tail end of our sale and stayed for three hours! She bargained hard, talked at us for the entire three hours and bought a lot of items. We couldn’t handle another three hours of her presence, so she was left off the invite list for round two of the moving sale.
2. A man who came by… with his ninety-two year old father in tow. The father was in a wheelchair, hooked up to an oxygen tank and non-communicative. The son parked the father in the middle of our living room (blocking the way of all other guests) while he spent a half hour browsing. The kicker: the son needed to go to an ATM to withdraw money and left his father in our apartment while he went to do so. The father and I sat staring at each other as I tried to make conversation. The father occasionally waved his hands in the air and I gave him some water, not sure what else I could do. The son returned an hour later to pay us and pick up his father!
3. Jay and I understand the value of kindness and charity, and we’ve been approached by several organizations asking for donations from our moving sale. We will be donating many of our belongings on Monday and Tuesday. However, outrageous person number three goes to the woman who heckled us to give our furniture and other major items for free to her housekeeper. When we explained that we are selling the larger items but are happy to donate some of the smaller ones, she berated us for being insensitive and explained that her housekeeper really needs the items. We’ve already marked down our prices significantly. But I felt like asking the woman: “Hey lady, if this is so important, why don’t you spend $10 and buy your housekeeper our lamp?” Some people really need to stop giving other people ‘advice’ until they learn to take their own.
While each of these three people were mildly traumatic in their own way, we’ve been able to laugh about it and keep moving pretty stress-free. Three more days – fingers crossed!
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