Garage sales

United States
May 24, 2007 1:20pm CST
Do you have a garage sale every year? With your earnings, do you visit other garage sales and treasure hunt? Rather than having garage sales of your own, do you prefer to go "garage saling" instead? I love finding new treasures to add to my various collections, but it's starting to add up and I considering making having a garage sale part of my yearly routines.
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@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
24 May 07
I have never made a ton of money doing a garage sale. Usually around $60. It takes so much time and energy that I would much rather go garage saling. I do participate in a community garage sales about every 3rd year. I don't have enough stuff to bother with to do it every year. I have started being smart. When I spring clean, I take garage sale items and mark them and put them in a box in the basement. This way when I do participate, I am ready to roll.
• United States
26 May 07
That's a GREAT idea! I moved last October and am still unpacking various things in the basment and I'm SO going to mark boxes to set aside for a future garage sale. Typcially, I have a jumble of "I don't know what the heck to do with this stuff," boxes all over the place, but I'm not doing that anymore. If I don't know, then it's gotta go! :)
@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
26 May 07
Glad to see I could help and give you an idea you can use. Thanks for marking me best response:)
• United States
24 May 07
I don't go "garage or yard saling" but my father does. He's actually made it into a lucritive business. He looks for antiques or unusual articles at yard sales, garage sales, and estate sales. After he researches the age or origin, he lists them on ebay. He's found some very interesting (and valuable) things and almost always makes his money back, plus much more!
• United States
26 May 07
It's interesting that you bring this up because my mother and her boyfriend are ebay sellers (power sellers, actually) that do the same thing. They've managed to build thier business up to the point of quitting their day jobs and doing that full-time. They added going to flea markets, auctions and the town dump to the mix to add to their sales. I think it's a little odd, but I won't question their methods. :)
• United States
24 May 07
I absolutely love going to yard sales. Actually, I'm going to be having a yard sale in 2 weeks.
• United States
26 May 07
Does it take you a long time to prepare for your yard sales? I have a friend who does one at her house and one at her Mom's house every summer. They spend about 40 hours setting it up and, when they're finished, it looks like a store. Right down to the price tags! They usually do pretty well, but I think that's a huge effort for one weekend of selling.
• United States
24 May 07
I love garage sales. They can be as addicting as other things. I usually have one at least once a year. I clear out 'last years' things and go treasure hunting for new 'stuff'. It keeps things interesting. I can say I usually do pretty well too.
• United States
26 May 07
There were two occassions where we needed to hold garage sales as sort of a fundraiser type situation and, like you, we went through all of our stuff from the previous year and we did pretty well. I don't know if I have the energy (or the time, for that matter) to make this a yearly ritual, though. I wonder all the time how my family had it in them to go to the flea market to sell things every single Sunday throughout the summer during my ENTIRE childhood. I don't have the endurance for something like that . . . or the stuff! :)