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March 10, 2012 at 1:46 am #602453
Everything under the sun! McCoy, Black Americana art, depression glass, linens, all kinds of vintage kitchen ware, decorator items and on and on and on.
Come to 4609 SW Massachusetts, off California. Watch for the white yard signs that say “Estate Sale.” Sat AND Sun, 9 to 3:00. All indoors so come in the rain! (No room for dogs or strollers inside…sorry). Cash only.March 10, 2012 at 8:18 pm #751006
The garage is very, very small (think mini cooper sized garage), and there are many, many helpers. So they aren’t kidding about no room for dogs or strollers! The whole sale is in the garage, and a very cozy laundry area, nice quality “tag sale” type items, cute as can be.March 11, 2012 at 3:31 am #751007
You all bought a lot of items Saturday, so now there is more room to move around for the Sunday sale! Be sure to come back Sunday between 9 and 3 – most items will be heavily discounted all day Sunday. Thank you for shopping our sale.March 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm #751008
I would like to describe the experience I had yesterday attending this yard sale. Arriving I was greeted by whimsical signs stating, “Let Judy do it”. Consistant with this post I found the garage to be quite small as was the mind of the person running the sale. I spotted a worn and soiled wind up toy bear that truly touched a chord. It could have been the one I remembered from when I was four years old. I’m sixty eight. Thinking the price was fifty cents, I stood in line behind a woman who like the woman in front of her waited patiently while the two women at the table talked about jewelry ignoring the three of us. When I finally got to the check out table I set the bear down along with a dollar bill. The woman stared at it saying nothing. I politely said, “The sign said fifty cents”. In a somewhat angry and loud voice she said, “No it didn’t”. Taken aback by her insulting statement I asked, “Are you calling me a liar?” “Yes!”, came the reply. “I can’t believe how rude you are,” I said picking up my dollar. I can’t remember having been so insulted! I can’t remember experiencing such a lack of civilty. I was so angry I was shaking as I am while writing this. I am mindful of the Blogs rule about addressing negatives with management but what does one do when management is the
problem and the epitome of ignorance?March 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm #751009March 11, 2012 at 9:27 pm #751010March 11, 2012 at 10:34 pm #751011
Actually, in this case, letting “judy do it” meant letting her use your house for an overpriced garage sale, masquerading as an estate sale. The goods for sale were not from that person’s house.March 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm #751012March 12, 2012 at 1:57 am #751013
Dear Bloggers –
First, I am sorry Mr. Kelly was so offended at my sale. The bear he wanted to purchase was very old, was clearly marked “Made In Occupied Japan” and the price was clearly marked “$50.” Mr. Kelly attempted to purchase it for 50 cents, and we called him on it. I don’t remember the exchange between us being quite as he represented it in his blog, but I know people remember things differently.
Second, this was not a typical estate sale, and my “ads” and notices indicated it was collectibles and portions of a Poulsbo estate, which is true. As I talked to many of my shoppers during the sale, I pointed out that the items were from previous estate sales. The houses from the original estate sales have now been sold, and I borrowed this house to finish selling my consignors’ goods.
Third, most of the items I was selling were collectible items – vintage, antique, high quality – so prices were naturally higher than at a typical yard sale. We sold most of our inventory so I feel confident that our prices were within the market range for the type of items we had.
Last, “Let Judy Do It” is my business name. I have been providing downsizing services, senior move transition and move management, and estate sales for almost two years now. My main business operation is in Walla Walla, and that is where I am licensed. I provide my services and conduct sales for family and friends in other areas, including Seattle, and as my business continues to grow and expand, you will see more of me in this part of the state.
Thank you all for you blog posts – it helps me know what others are thinking, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to share information that can clear up confusion and/or misunderstanding.
Thank you all for attending our sale this weekend.
Judith Pippin, Owner
Let Judy Do ItMarch 12, 2012 at 2:18 am #751014
In my experience, people go to garage and yard sales looking for bargains. The pricing expectations can be limiting for higher-end items. I guess this must be working if they were able to turn over their inventory. But the concept seems like it would be confusing to customers versus presenting the sales in alternate venues.March 12, 2012 at 2:43 am #751015
I also feel like posting on the forum wasn’t exactly in the spirit of the rules either. WSB allows garage sales to be listed for free, but otherwise, it’s just advertising for your business. (I presume you make a percentage/profit from the sale of others’ possessions)March 12, 2012 at 3:16 am #751016
If anyone spots this person or something run by this person again, yes, GHO is correct. I hadn’t heard of any of this till dropping in just now to see if the person who had asked me about posting her lost camera had done so, so I could pick up the link and share it elsewhere. I guess the rulebook needs another line … We bought our home 19 years ago from a woman (not named Judy) who did this for a living. It was stuffed to the gills with merchandise. Took a year or two before people stopped coming by on warm-season weekends wondering what ever happened to the lady with the sales … P.S. West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is coming up May 12th. Registration opens April 2nd.March 12, 2012 at 3:26 am #751017
I would have thought this was just another garage sale…well, guess not. Live and learn. I saw nothing in the original posting that this was stuff from Poulsbo…seems someone wasn’t quite honest, and probably had read the rules, and got around them.March 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm #751018
Tom Kelley–I was there at the time of the exchange, and your version of events is consistent with what I heard. There must have been quite a fear of theft, what with the five or six people that were with the sale in the tiny space and the very small amount of items that were offered. And they were talking about more people with the sale that were not in the garage, warming up in the house!
If there was that much highly valuable items –perhaps a helper should have been an escort, or handed out numbers, and limited the amount of people in the sale, making it easier for the many helpers to monitor each person at the sale.March 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm #751019
attempted to purchase it for 50 cents, and we called him on it
Even in this reply, it sounds like the seller is saying the purchaser intentionally tried to underpay.
“Customer service” would’ve been to say something like “The price of that toy is 50 dollars, not 50 cents. I’m sorry if the signage wasn’t clear. Are you still interested in purchasing it?” I saw those two toys, and the sign was not easy to read. Maybe use a thicker/darker marker next time.March 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm #751020
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