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Talking trash in West Columbia

Talking trash in West Columbia
Talking trash in West Columbia
Lisa Runnels

Talking trash on Monday morning may be far too easy to do for some people. But, we’re not here to make disparaging remarks about the Gamecocks or Tigers, to belittle any political figure or even pass along the latest gossip about our favorite celebs. We’re talking trash – literally items that are thrown away by a staggering 87% of the population.

Saturday morning at 6 a.m., while thousands were still snuggled under the covers or stumbling to the kitchen to turn on the coffee maker and toast a bagel, Denise was dressed and ready to begin hitting the tag sales.

Denise checks to see which sales sound most promising, giving priority to church and school rummage sales where there is likely to be a huge selection of clothing at very low prices. Next she selects multi-family yard sales and neighborhood sales, where there is usually clothing of all sizes, brands and descriptions.

Setting her course to save as much gas and travel time as possible, Denise munches a peanut butter granola bar and sips orange juice as she checks her wallet for one and five dollar bills and plenty of loose change. At 6:15, she leaves her home in West Columbia with tote bags, umbrella and a water bottle.

Denise has two separate and distinct purposes in mind: shopping for herself and her family and earning money by selling items on consignment. She knows the brands to choose, the looks that will sell, and the approximate resale value of designer pieces.

Among her first picks are three pair of like-new Alfred Dunner slacks, four lovely Lane Bryant corporate casual tops, and two handbags, one by Rosetti and the other Relic.

Moving on to the next sale, Denise seeks out two pair of never-worn Rock & Republic jeans, two Land’s End long sleeved tops, one with tags still attached, and a pair a of like-new Dolce Vita black suede booties.

Stopping for coffee at Mc Donald’s, Denise pulls out a calculator and uses her cell phone app to figure the approximate value of her finds so far. It appears to be in the neighborhood of $386, which makes Denise’s $23 a very good investment indeed.

Moving on, Denise visits a neighborhood yard sale and ferrets out a Michael Kors handbag, two sophisticated Eileen Fisher career dresses, four pair of Calvin Klein jeans and six blouses, tees and sweaters in assorted brands. These fall transitional separates will sell well, making her total investment worth well over $500 and her cost less than $40.

When asked her plans, Denise admitted she would give her daughter first pick of the denim and probably keep the booties, but plans to resell the rest. By 10:30, her shopping complete, Denise heads home, happy with her haul.

We can all learn a valuable lesson about trash. What one person cannot use or doesn’t want can create a fashion find or money in the bank for another. It’s worth getting up early and visiting Saturday yard, garage and rummage sales. You can always catch a nap later!

As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~