I love going to yardsales. In fact one of my earlier ideas, appraise my find, came to me because of some of the crazy things I’ve found at yardsales. Take for example my “electrocued weenie” contraption. It’s a metal appliance shaped like a house with four slots in the bottom where you can slide in hot dogs. You place a little metal piece in each hot dog, turn the timer on, and your weiners get electrocuted. I think we paid $15. I think it’s worth $2,652.

Anyway, the point of this post is not to brag about what cool things I own, but rather to alert any highschoolers currently trying to find out what they want to be when they grow up to this unique job: Prosumer Yardsale Shopper. If this has you as excited as it does me, then be sure to stay tuned for the release of this independent film: Zen in the Art of Yardsaling.


  1. Keep in mind, someone would have to pay you $2,652 in order for your electrocued weenie to be worth $2,652. It’s a pretty cool gizmo though.

    Is a Prosumer Yardsale Shopper like a ‘Mystery Shopper’? You know I like mystery. I don’t know, this ‘job’ idea almost sounds like a Wagner-ebay scheme.

    - Russ (Apr 20, 2006)

  2. don’t know why, but, your site popped into my head, Rett, at 11pm tonight despite our lack of correspondence over the last 6-9 mos. Why is that? I miss you.

    Anyway, stumbled across this post and figured I had to respond since Russ called me out, sort of. Prosumer Yardsale Shopper sounds like a fantastic career, one I’ve considered many a times. And yes Russ, it does translate to an eBay scheme. I haven’t been to any estate sales for some time, so perhaps that should be our reunion, eh? Sure would like to find me a $2,652 hot dog cooker for $15.

    - Nick (May 28, 2006)

  3. Just to clarify, I was totally joking about the $2,652…that thing probably isn’t worth the $15 we paid for it 🙂

    I’m glad you stopped by Nick, I thought about you this weekend as Becky and I went searching for estate sales, we found nothing. Have you hit any yet?

    - rett (May 29, 2006)

  4. Haven’t been to a single sale yet this year. Rather disappointing, I know. I certainly have the itch, however.

    And whose to say the hot dog cooker isn’t worth $2,652? I am sure some jerk out there would be willing to pay that.

    - Nick (May 31, 2006)

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