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Living Off Beach Trash: Beach Trash Sale #1

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I am not officially living off the beach yet, but the beach trash goes on. Deciding to sell some of my beach trash collection, I had my first Beach Trash Sale! It was an interesting experience and I couldn’t even tell you how much I made. A little disorganized on the tracking! It is an estimated $100. Apparently I was in huge competition with a major annual rummage sale at one of the local churches! Quite a few lessons learned at this initial sale: Need to put more signs up. I only put up a few as I advertised on Craigslist and Next Door. 2.) Towels are big…. but they only want to pay…..25 cents per towel. 100% cotton, a few made in USA. A few sell online for $40 each (Marriott) and it cost more to wash them!!!!

It was early for the Beach Toys. Not the season yet, but I did sell a few volleyballs for $2.00 each. These were the good ones that retail up to $60!!! Lesson learned: double check pricing!

Beach Toys 10 Tennis Balls, 5 Volleyballs, 4 Nerf (soft foam) balls, 1 golf ball, 2 baseballs, 3 cheap plastic whiffle type balls, 1 basketball, 1 football and 7 assorted balls, 1 swim fin.


2 Boogie boards, 1 swim board, 1 Razor (sold $5.00) 1 Stroller (Sold $2.00)

Plastic Beach Toys: 151 of them. New the plastic beach toys retail for about $1.00 each. When summer comes, my average toy count is about 50 per day. That does not even take into consideration the 100’s of broken toys wafting out to sea to be eaten by marine animals… All adding to our plastic ocean

Beach Toys

Miscellaneous Clothes: Over 100 various items: kids clothing, sweatshirts, scarves, bathing suits, T-shirts. Cost .25 cents to $1.00 each. I do not sell the socks I pick up. Too sandy and too expensive to wash and wash and wash! This doesn’t even count the clothes, I have had to throw away… Even the Goodwill doesn’t want them.

Miscellaneous: Lighter fluid, shoes, eating utensils, plates, 3 purses, 1 wallet, gardening trowel, Plastic cups, Glass coffee mugs. I forgot to put in plastic measuring cups, plastic food containers, glass dishes, spatulas, knives, reusable water bottles (5)…. Etc.. is right. I just gave 10 pair of shoes to Father Joes and that wasn’t even included!

Bedding and Towels: Over 100 Towels, Sheets and Blankets. Towels are from various sources: Marriott, Hyatt, Starwood, Hilton, Bahia and other local hotels. These were collected in less than 2 months. We are not even in season. I sold about half.

All in all, it was a little disappointing. My break-even point is about $100. That includes washing (laundromat) gas to get to the beach, detergent (eco-friendly of course) baking soda for the whites, vinegar for cleaning.

Free stuff is so plentiful now, garage sale leftovers, FreeCycle, Craigslist and some Facebook groups (buy nothing!) makes it clear how much or little our society values stuff and how disposable we have become and the loser is the environment and our plastic ocean.


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