Thursday, August 27, 2015

The price of shoes at yard sales

. . . aaannnd here's a funny yard sale story.  I found a cute pair of shoes (with heels, AND with real tread!) marked "$1" a friend's yard sale. These shoes come with some local history; they've belonged to a friend of that friend, someone who we all admire as a fashionista, and yet the shoes don't seem to even have been worn.  Clearly a good deal.

But the deal got even sweeter when my friend who was selling them looked at me holding out my dollar and said, "Nah, you can take them for free.  But you have to take this Chia Pet, too."  

Too funny.

It reminds me of Amy Dacyczyn (author of the Tightwad Gazette) describing a yard sale she held "at which we gave away our entire collection of Englebert Humperdink's Greatest Hits, free with every purchase."

FYI, although the cost of yard sales shoes varies a lot from yard to yard, I've found around here that if I just wait until I come across shoes I like that go for $1or $2, I can still keep my closest fully stocked -- way too full, even.  

The exception is boys' and mens' shoes.  For a few years,  I was willing to pay as much as $5 for my sons' shoes.  Nowadays, I can't find any shoes that my teenage boys like, so they buy shoes with their dad at real stores.


  1. You are so lucky to have easy to fit feet. I NEVER find shoes that fit at yard sales or thrift stores. At least not ones that aren't almost worn out. Just one of those things I guess. I save money in lots of other ways, and have to spend on shoes.

    1. So lucky in so many ways! The friend-of-a-friend who indirectly gifted me these shoes has bunions and other foot ailments; I'm lucky to have healthy feet. My niece has severe (multiple-surgeries so far) problems with bones and pronation, and so my sister has to buy her new $150 shoes several times a year. I'm lucky I have great bone structure.

      Paradoxically, I also think I'm lucky to have slightly large feet. It's (relatively) hard to find women's shoes in size 9 or 10. If I had size 7 or 8 feet, my closets would just be overfull with yard-sale purchased shoes!