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Saturday, January 14, 2012

An American Tradition

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Garage Sales! Thanks to CB and Tom, we had a great turnout and made enough money to buy one and a half plane tickets to Italy.
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Do you have Garage Sales where you live?
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***** The following excerpt comes from wikipedia *****
A garage sale, also known as a yard sale, rummage sale, tag sale, lawn sale, attic sale, moving sale, or junk sale, is an informal, irregularly scheduled event for the sale of used goods by private individuals, in which "block sales" are allowed, so that sellers are not required to obtain business licenses or collect sales tax. Typically the goods in a garage sale are unwanted items from the household with the home owners conducting the sale. The goods are sometimes new, like-new, or just usable, offered for sale because the owner does not want or need the item, to minimize their possessions, or to raise funds. 

Popular motivations for a garage sale are "Spring cleaning" or the owner's move to a new residence, to even getting some well-earned spending money. The seller displays their wares to the passers-by or those responding to signs, flyers, Craigslist postings, Facebook updates, Twitter posts or newspaper ads. Sometimes local television stations will broadcast a sale on the local public channel. The sales venue is typically a garage, driveway, carport, front yard, porch, or occasionally, the interior of a house. Some vendors, known as 'squatters', will set up in a highly trafficked area, and not on their own property.

Staples of garage sales include old clothing, books, toys, household knickknacks, lawn and garden tools, sports equipment, and board games. Larger items like furniture and occasionally home appliances are also sold. Garage sales occur most frequently in suburban areas on good-weather weekends, and usually have designated hours for the sale. Buyers who arrive before the hours of the sale to review the items are known as "Early Birds;" they often are professional restorers or resellers. Such sales also attract people who are searching for bargains or for rare and unusual items. Bargaining, also known as haggling, on prices is routine, and items may or may not have price labels affixed. Some people buy goods from these sales to restore them for resale.

In the USA, the act of going to garage sales has spawned the use of a new verb construction in the vernacular known as "garage saling." One who frequents garage sales is said to be going "garage saling." This collocation has become the common spelling for what has emerged from the oral use of the phrase "garage sale-ing."

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7 comments:

Lowell said...

Good for you! We held many garage sales and most of the time didn't make much money. But when we moved to Stone Creek our sale did very well.

I like your new profile picture! In fact, now I wonder if we're related. You look a lot like my sister did when she was younger! She lives in Wisconsin now, though.

Lynette said...

Super informative post. I used to have garage sales and I used to go to garage sales. Now I don't have the energy (or time) for either one.

Glad you enjoyed the images at Portland Oregon Daily Photo. The second one of the three is my fav, too.

La Principessa Errante said...

One and a half tickets, holy cow. That is terrific. I never made enough to pay for more than my coffee while I sat there all day.

cieldequimper said...

Called car boot sales in England and vide-greniers in French (meaning empty your attic!) In France, you can't just put your stuff in your garage or on your front lawn to sell it. You have to join an official one and more often than not, pay a small fee for the pleasure of selling. See my car boot sale last year here!

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VP said...

Sadly, no garage sale here...

Birdman said...

We have a garage sale every spring or fall, then we head out and 'visit' garage sales and bring junk home. Does this REALLY make much sense???????

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Oh yes... scads and scads of garage sales around here.. but mostly in good weather though...kudos on the tickets!