Yesterday I participated in the Giant Kids Garage sale. All table and door proceeds go to the La Leche League of Canada. It is an amazing sale to get everything you need for kids up to 12 years old for great prices. I was fortunate to get a table for the fall/winter sale, and again for the spring/summer sale.
This time I decided to offer very affordable prices (read: get rid of) my gently used kid items (read:stuff & junk). So, instead of pricing every item (read: I was pricing till 2am for the last sale, this time I wanted the no hassle approach) I decided everything would be priced at $1.00 - yep, everything, no matter the make or condition: pants, t-shirts, pullovers, shorts, overalls, sleepers, dresses - everything $1.00 - Old Navy, Oshkosh, Kushies, Teddy's Brand, The Children's Place...EVERYTHING $1.00!
Imagine my surprise when I witnessed someone shop-lift from my booth!
I was pretty busy (read: shoppers recognized all the great deals to be had at my table) and business was brisk (read: went with a van load of boxes and came home with 2 boxes of left overs!).
A lady in a handicap scooter came up to my table and started rummaging through one of my boxes full of pants. I saw her place 3 pairs of Oshkosh pants on her scooter, and then 1 or 2 overalls and then a bunch of t-shirts. I asked her if she wanted me to take them for her so she could continue shopping. She refused and kept going through different boxes. I should have noticed her nervousness.
I continued waiting on other people and pocketing a buck here and a few bucks there. I glanced over at the lady on the scooter and watched her pick up a few baby items and place them on top of the other items form my booth that were on the front section of her handle bars. Just as another customer started to bargain for a bulk buy, I heard the scooter lady say, "oh, maybe I do not need these after all." From the corner of my eye I saw her place the baby items back...and as she did, she pushed a plastic bag over the other items she had taken from my booth...and then drove off...yep, with the pants and overalls and t-shirts she had originally "looked at".
I did not have the time or energy to go after her...and I hope her need for those items is greater my need for the $6-10.00 I may have gotten from an honest person...and if her need is greater, then I am sad for her...I really am...(read: no one should have to steal $1.00 bargains to clothe their children, ever).
On a positive note, I made about $280.00 and I got some amazing deals on stuff my kids needed.