Friday, June 29, 2012

Garage Sale-ing

A garage sale, also known as a yard sale, rummage sale, tag sale, patio sale, lawn sale, moving sale, garbage sale, or junk sale, is an informal, irregularly scheduled event for the sale of used goods by private individuals.

Summertime is a time for garage sales. The weather is nice and almost every weekend there are people selling their stuff right out of their garages. I have never had a garage sale myself, having only recently gotten a garage, but I have attended many and bought things from most of them. It is surprising what kind of cool stuff you can find that other people want to get rid of.

 In some areas garage sales have taken on a special meaning to a community and have become events of special local significance. In these situations large areas of a community hold a communal garage sale involving dozens or hundreds of families at the same time. In Columbus Shannon and I liked to go to the Village Valuables sale in German Village.

This phone was one of my favorite finds. For five bucks I got a cool retro looking phone that is wired for modern use.

We also got some really cool old kitchen stuff. This hand mixer and potato ricer were less than a dollar each.


How to Find a Garage Sale in your Area:

Advertising for the event of a garage sale is typically done by posting a seller-created sign, usually made from cardboard, in a public location. Signs are posted with the intent that people passing by will take note of the event, time, and location of the garage sale. In many cases signs may feature an arrow or some other means of expressing the direction of the event. Sometimes following these arrows can turn into a bit of an adventure if there isn't an address. I like to just drive around randomly in the summer until I spot someone with a table full of stuff!

In addition to signs, many people advertise their garage sales in the newspaper (in the advertisement section) and on various websites such as: Craigslist, Garage Sale Tracker, Yard Sale Search, and Garage Sale Finder, these are great because they often list the kinds of things they have for sale such as clothing, kids' toys, books, etc. So that way you know what you are getting into before you get there :)

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