On Saturday morning we thought we’d take advantage of the traffic of a neighbourhood yard sale by setting out a few things on our front lawn. But we weren’t available to staff it, so we made it the honour system. We priced a few things, but left the remainder up to the individual. “Pay what you think it’s worth” the sign said. There was no supervision, nobody watching the coffee can that contained the money. What would happen? Would people drive off with all our stuff and pay nothing? Would they drive off with the money? I WAS hone, but in my home office working, so I was available if anybody had a question. But I wasn’t out there supervising, I wasn’t available to haggle. It was obvious someone was home, the main door was open behind the screen door – so people knew we were around, just not necessarily present.
We made more than we thought – almost twice as much. Not only were people honest about it, we’re thinking we might have made a few bucks more because we weren’t around to haggle.