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8/30/2012 9:56:00 PM
Letter: Yard sale trickery was outright theft


Just a warning to people having garage sales: While selling household items at my parent's home, I had a person give me $1.50 for a paper Christmas crèche and "a doll's head." When I asked (I didn't have any Barbie dolls etc. out) her what "dolls head" she was talking about, she said, "The one that is 25 cents." Before I could inquire further, she quickly walked away from me and got in her vehicle. The doll's head for 25 cents was labeled 25 dollars and it was a 1950-ish ceramic type head vase, worth much more than 25 cents.

I am very disappointed in this type of behavior, but I learned a lesson and I moved some of my more valuable garage sales item to the back of the garage where they are safer.

I have children in college and my downsizing efforts will help in purchasing expensive college texts.

Lisa Brandt

Prescott Valley

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Article comment by: Common Sense

Had the person been standing there for 30 minutes while you chatted with your friends? In that situation, I too might have taken any opening to jump in, tell you the price, give you the money, and get out of there. If the item was not clearly marked 25 dollars rather than 25 cents, an honest mistake could easily have been made. Who expects a doll's head at a yard sale to cost 25 dollars?

Posted: Monday, September 03, 2012
Article comment by: Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

Who is Babe Rooth? Seriously people....

Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2012
Article comment by: You must be A complete MORON

So you have a yard sale and someone brings an item up to you and YOU don't know the price? And then you blame YOUR ignorance on your customer? What kind of lame excuse of a human would even write the Courier with this crap?

Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2012
Article comment by: return of the doll's head

When put to evil purposes, these doll's heads will sometimes come back to haunt the guilty. I'm thinking it was a 1909 VDB, very rare and at least as valuable as Babe Rooth's first homerun ball.

Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2012
Article comment by: I hear you, Hometown Prescott

I, myself, fear an overt addiction. If I don't start my morning with the Courier and a cup of coffee, all is not right with the world. Between the Courier-flavored local news, and gems such as this, how am I to resist?

Say! Here in the Rehab Capital of the American Southwest, do you suppose there's a Courier-specific treatment facility??

Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2012
Article comment by: missing the point...

Some of you are missing the point....
The point is she stole the doll head. I highly doubt someone would put out just a dolls head for 25cents if it wasn't worth something...what kind of car was it so people can keep an eye out and catch her...hyou know its not the first time...

Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2012
Article comment by: justin case


Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2012
Article comment by: Hometown Prescott

Dear god I love reading the Daily Courier. A gem right here, a gem.

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: brian boru

A lot of yard sale customers are those expecting to make a profit from reselling at a higher price. The only thievery I have seen is those people.

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: The Bandit

Let's face it, if you're selling your old crap at a yard sale it's not that valuable to you anymore.

Instead of whining about a "theft" perhaps you should have donated your items to a social service agency instead of trying to gain a profit from selling them.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Just Saying

Clint Eastwood wouldn't have let that happen.....just saying. :)

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Not

Yea, right. These (people) are pros? I think not. Just low-life's that see an opportunity to rip people off. If you hold a sale and don't keep tabs on your stuff, this is your own fault. And hardly enough reason to post a letter her. Sorry, your loss.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: never have a yard sale alone

never have a yard sale alone
get people on board with you
visitors steal from yard sales all the time

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Shoplifting Shoppers

Consider retail and shoplifting. Its built into the system. This is the same thing. You'd be surprised who justifies such behavior to themselves.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

Diligence is laudable. That said humanity often lives up to expectations we set for it. Try raising the bar.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: M Douglas

Everything will be Obamas fault if your ignorence alows his election. Do yourself and your children and grand children a favor and go see 2016 Obamas America. Soon you will be like every third world country. Then dont cry to me.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: not surprised

Why do people invite total strangers into their homes (garage/yard) via yards sales? There are thieves and dishonest people everywhere. And maybe this was an honest mistake on the patrons part, but let's face it we are not living in the 1950's. Perhaps people should consider indoor swap meets over yards sales.

FYI - this letter just gave people who are dishonest an idea.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Diane Cochrane

A friend had a yard sale when a woman with a little girl asked to use the bathroom for the little girl. She showed her the way..they came out, looked around and left. My friend went in the house and discovered the woman cleaned out her medicine cabinets, her bathroom closet with very expensive cosmetics she sells. NEVER let anyone in your house even with good intentions. She learned the hard way.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

YUP! There are "pros" who crawl the better neighborhoods with less than honest methods of seeking items for resale. Most people don't know the value of old collectibles but the pros do. A little time on the computer in advance could keep some losses from happening. In this case it was theft pure and simple.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: An American

If you leave you door open, any sort of vermin might come in. I wonder why you did not write down her licence plate number and call the cops? It was theft plain and simple, (until you accepted payment)

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Loves Yardsales

Just saying, but a lot of people use those neon labels at garage sales, and not all of those labels have a dollar/cent sign on them. I could easily see an ambiguous "25" label being confused for an item that costs 25cents instead of $25. Especially since it wasn't a large item or electronic that would obviously cost a bit more than other things. Still, the lady should have brought up both items she was purchasing (since a dolls head isn't very big) and confirmed the price, but I can see where confusion on the buyers part may have come from. I'm curious how those items were labeled before I draw conclusions about the ladies intentions.....

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Boris Tudeth

This is clearly Obama's fault.

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