Do you like going to garage sales?

United States
May 21, 2008 5:44pm CST
You've probably heard the saying, "One man's trash is another mans treasure." It might be true. I'm not a hard core bargain hunter but when I've had garage sales people came from all over to help me get rid of my stuff. So, do you stop and shop when you see a garage sale?
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• United States
21 May 08
I usually do if I have the time. I love going to garage sales. You never know what treasures you might find. I always tell myself that I never need anything more, but when I start looking, I usually start spending. I also love going to places like goodwill. Some people just don't want to deal with all that clutter in their house, so you never know what kind of good quality things you may find.
• United States
22 May 08
Welcome to myLot and thanks for responding! I've found stuff that I had when I was a kid at garage sales. I'm not a bargainer though, I'll pay what they ask. I usually donate to Goodwill, I've shopped there too.
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
22 May 08
IN singapore, garage sales is not so common.. So if i were to chance upon one, i will definitely go and shop... hehe Maybe i will find something that i like ^_^
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• United States
22 May 08
I guess not, well, come to America, we love to get rid of our stuff for 1/3 the price.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
22 May 08
That sounds tempting.. haha.. And yeah, garage sale is really very common in america.. hehe
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
22 May 08
I can't even afford to go garage saling anymore. Instead, we go AFTER the sale is over and they put all the stuff in the garbage. We find alot of good things they throw out and then we sell them ourselves.
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• United States
22 May 08
Hey neighbor, I've missed you since we moved! There a rule, if you put free on it people won't take it but if you place a dollar amount on it, it'll be gone in a flash.
• United States
22 May 08
I didn't miss you being we found a goldmine in your garbage. Thanks for the stuff. They brought in a nice sum of money at the sale. FREE is what it's all about for us. I grabbed practically a whole wardrobe for hubby and I once out of one haul.
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@janaraji (154)
• India
22 May 08
why not!! some times you can get a good stuff in garage sales which you will hardly get any where. one of the millionaire secret is - spend money wisely, some times garage sale will support this statement .hahahaha!! have a nice garage sale dubai jana
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• United States
22 May 08
I've been antiquing too, but garage sales offer more of a buying experience, if it breaks I'm out a few bucks unlike an antique.
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@janaraji (154)
• India
23 May 08
i agree with you. generally our want is to get the good stuff in garage sale in a cheaper price. hope u agree with me
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@toosh21 (800)
• Australia
21 May 08
I like going to them...although I haven't been to one in years! I just like to go and see in case there is a great bargain on something we might need.
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• United States
22 May 08
You gotta go, revive the bargain hunter in you, let's call it National Tresure 3, sounds good huh?
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@toosh21 (800)
• Australia
23 May 08
Sounds good to me! Funny you know, after I commented on this discussion my sister rang to say she is having a garage sale this weekend, LOL!
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
22 May 08
Not all the time but i love going to any garage sale! I am sure that every time I will drop there, i can always bring back home something nice and something I can use of! Plus not expensive!
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• United States
22 May 08
Looking at garage sales is so fun because even if you don't find something it's neat to just look, but when you do, its like finding something you didn't know you needed.
@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
22 May 08
Hi, I do stop and shop at garage sales. It is basically one of the side ventures I do. I shop at garage sales and pick things up quite cheap. I then take them home and fix them up. After I have fixed them up I then put them for sale on ebay. I have made quite a bit of money doing this. :) cheers
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• United States
22 May 08
Sounds like you have a great hobby. Keep it up.
• United States
22 May 08
There have been times when I wanted or needed to buy something and thought "I could probably find it at a garage sale". But, when I actually see a garage sale, I can't remember what I wanted and don't stop to browse. I will browse the thrift shops if I am looking for something, first, and I know that the money I spend is going to a good cause.
• United States
22 May 08
Sometimes I find things I wasn't looking for and forget what I was browsing for, or is it the other way around?
• United States
22 May 08
yes I do! I've gone to some garage sales at big estate neighborhoods, and have found things with the tags still on the items,I guess because they can afford to not ever wear it or use it lol. But I normally find some really good things! THey are also something fun to do espically in nice weather!
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• United States
22 May 08
Sounds like you show your garage sale shopper "badge" when you arrive.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
22 May 08
At a garage sale you can find some of the most unique things for a good price. That's like people cleaning house and letting go of the good things cause they want to make room for other stuff. I haven't been to one in a while but i live in a state that has them quite often.
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• United States
22 May 08
Set your alarm early, it's getting warmer and people love to get rid of stuff they don't want anymore.
• United States
22 May 08
I do love them. At one time I would carry the paper and a map to go on these ventures. I don't get that involved anymore, but I still can't resist. I usually find some kind of little treasure for myself or a family member. The one thing that gets me upset are the sales that don't have prices on the items and you have to keep asking the prices. I've been to some sales that I think the people were really just trying to make money off of garbage that should have been discarded many years ago.
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• United States
22 May 08
Instead of a map of stars homes you had a treasure map. When I had a garage sale I marked everything, I hate that too about people not marking things, it does take time but not that much. If they were selling trash I would call the garbage truck for a annonymous pickup. :)
• Philippines
22 May 08
Yes. I like going to garage sale. Who knows what you cna dig out at a cheaper price. Why buy more when you can buy with less.
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• United States
22 May 08
I've found some really good stuff too, the best sales are in the nice neighborhoods, they don't know what they are getting rid of.
@minnie_98214 (10572)
• United States
21 May 08
Oh I am a garage sale fanantic i cant get enough. Have the stuff in my house was probably bought at a garage sale.
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• United States
22 May 08
You go girl!
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• United States
21 May 08
I will if i have the time to, because you know what they say- you can find something really rare, and no one will thnik so, and... you can rip them off.. it's mean but you get profit.
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• United States
22 May 08
Welcome to myLot, its true, most people don't know what they have.
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• United States
21 May 08
for me this would depend on what i want or need. i dont think i would look in a garage sale for things like clothing. but if were talking about maybe finding a bike or used movies, i might be more inclined to stop in and see what they have. you just have to be really careful because sometimes people try to sell you things that are not of good quality or in good condition. so descrecion is a must and always inspect anything with moving parts before you buy them
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• United States
22 May 08
Amen! I've started countless lawn mowers, looked at CD's and let my kids play with toys just to test run them, using disernment is the key to shopping someone else's stuff.
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@sisterjinx (1136)
• United States
21 May 08
I used to. I love a good yard sale or garage sale but now we live full time in our camper. That means we have very little room for anything extra. I will stop on occasion sometimes to see if they have any lawn chairs or something I might be able to use but not often anymore.
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• United States
22 May 08
We travel a lot and keep our lives in a 5 X 8 U-haul, so garage saling isn't in the cards for us either, unless its something little and we can store in a ring box. :)
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
21 May 08
I do like going to garage sales. And now that the weather is warmer I cant wait to venture out. Of course when I feel better.LOL Have fun!
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• United States
22 May 08
Get well soon! My mom is a fanatic, she'll hit 10 garage sales before most people get out of bed, of course her garage reflects what her passion is.
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• Canada
21 May 08
LOVE it, yep some people throw away good stuff ( or garagse sale it away)
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• United States
22 May 08
Its cheaper than paying retail.
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@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
23 May 08
Garage sales can be really good places to find interesting things and not to bad of prices,and I have stopped at a garage sale or two,but mostly around here we have just yard sales,and my mom and our old neighbor used to have a garage/yard sale every other weekend,and I would sale a few things every once in a while.
• United States
23 May 08
I know, it just fun to look, no pressure to buy, no reason to if you don't want to, and you can haggle. Try that at Macy's.
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• United States
27 May 08
Yeah no annoying sales people to bug you about buying something,and yeah haggling is always a lot of fun,and I would love to see someone go into Macy's and try to haggle lol.
@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
26 May 08
well yeah i did sometimes..but havent buy any yet !!and it reminds me to have a garage sale on my own since ive got lot of things that not needed in our house but still working and not damaged..
• United States
26 May 08
I'll let you go so you can get busy marking stuff. Let me know how it goes.
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