WCBS 880 Special: Rhinebeck’s Fran Kelso On The Art Of The Yard Sale
RHINEBECK, NY (WCBS 880) – We’re expecting a bright, sunny, crisp weekend. It’s the perfect weather for getting rid of your old junk or shopping through someone else’s.
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Fran Kelso has been in the business of yard sales for twenty years now, and when her sign goes up on East Market Street in Rhinebeck, the cars line up.
Kelso says the key to a successful yard sale is keeping it organized, helping people look through the goods and most importantly, only selling clean products.
“It’s all got to be clean. You can’t put anything out dirty,” she says.
According to Kelso, cheap is the key word when it comes to pricing.
“You can’t put the dealer’s price on yard sale stuff. It just doesn’t work,” she said.
In today’s economy, Kelso says everybody is looking for a bargain so you should keep the price within reason and sharpen your bargaining skills.
Kelso says her best take ever was $22,000 when she helped sell artwork from the estate of a noted local.
More often, she’ll make between $2,000 and $4,000 on a two-day sale.
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