Well, thank you to all those folks who came to my garage sale. Big hugs all around.
That said, I didn’t see several people that I thought would show. And from a revenue perspective, this sale was kind of a bust. Don’t get me wrong, I sold a ton. $1000 is no chump change. But compared to the prior sale when the final tally was $1700, it’s a big difference.
So what was different from the last sale? What caused such a big decrease in sales?
Here’s what I can surmise:
1) The Craigslist ad went out too late. I should have posted about 2 weeks in advance so there would have been more exposure. I only posted the day before this time so hardly anyone saw that ad.
2) There was another local knitter destashing 2000 skeins of yarn the same time I was holding my sale. (NE Portland, so a good 20 miles away but still, it’s competition) Seeing as she basically copied my X000 skein destash and the Fri-Sat 10-4PM time, looks like we’ve got a copycat. It didn’t help that she was moving and getting rid of everything for a dollar/skein. Yeah, it could be hideous novelty yarn or scratchy acrylic but a dollar is still a dollar.
3) Timing. The last sale was held on June 25th. This time around it was August 23rd. Maybe people aren’t in the mood to buy wool yarn when it’s 90 degrees outside? Note to self: have the next sale in June
Oh well, that’s ok. Not like I was desperate to get rid of the yarn anyway. (get rid of yarn? gasp! Oh no, I’m simply letting others adopt them from me so they can give them more love. Get rid of…. blasphemy!)
As I mentioned before, my finances are just fine with or without the yarn (thank gawd!) so I don’t have to destash everything like a firesale and sell em for $1 to get quick cash or anything. Speaking of which, I don’t understand these people that are on Ravelry destashing all these expensive handdyed yarns to fix their car/repair their roof/pay for medical bills, etc. Seriously, people. You should not be spending your “rainy day fund” on yarn. Especially $25-30/skein yarn. If you can’t afford it, just don’t buy it. (Reminds of a story about Asian teenagers pimping themselves out to creepy middle aged guys so they could go buy Louis Vuitton bags. Ok, kind of a stretch but….)
Oh look at me, I’m ranting again! LOL