Garage Sales, do you love them? do you have them?

Canada
August 27, 2010 6:14pm CST
I love to go to garage sales. Mostly I just look around. Sometimes I find something that I really like and I do not bargain too much since the price is reasonable anyway. For larger items I always ask what is your absolut best price and people will usually knock off a couple of dollars. I have also participated in a group garage sale. What irritated me was that people still would bargain when the price was already rock bottom say it was $ 1.00 and they would offer 50 cents. In that case I always said no and at the end of the day donated the items to Goodwill.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
28 Aug 10
I just don't go to garage sales, I never find anything that I really want. And I really don't like looking around.
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@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
23 Sep 10
They are not really so common where I live, so even though I like them (a lot!) I don't really go to them that often, I am afraid. I would go more often if they had them where I live though, the idea is brilliant!
• Canada
24 Sep 10
I am surprised that garage sales are uncommon in your country since so many Americans relocated in Israel. Garage sales are very common in the US and also where I live in Canada. I love garage sales but I always have to keep myself in check because I don't want to add clutter to my place which is crowded already. I should like to have a garage sale myself to get rid of some stuff but I live in a high rise condo and the condo management does not allow them. Too bad.
@johnmike7 (136)
• Philippines
23 Sep 10
My wife and I have been planning to do garage sale but our busy schedule won't permit us to do so. Getting rid of things we do not need or doing away with stuffs we do not use anymore will be of great help in having a cleaner house. I think it is just fair to bargain if prices are not at rock bottom. People at times just try to annoy the seller.
• Canada
24 Sep 10
You are so right it is of great help to rid your house of things that you no longer use or need. It makes the place so much tidier. You are also right sometimes the potential buyer will just annoy the seller when the price is already rock bottom. I participated at a garage sale at my son's house and one of the items I had for sale was a practically brand new rattan magazine rack. I had priced it for $ 2.00 even though I had paid a lot for it new but somehow never used it. So it did look pristine. One lady offered me $ 1.00 for it which I found really annoying since I was so low already. I said no and took it back home. Now it occupies a little corner in my guest room . I put no clutter or magazines in it just some natural dried flowers on top and it looks quite nice.
@AmbiePam (49082)
• United States
2 Sep 10
If I had help, I would definitely hold a garage sale. I live in an apartment, but I've offered to set one up at my parent's house because they have a lot of stuff they would like to get rid of. But it's too big a project for me to do myself, so I end up giving my stuff to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. One time I went shopping at the Salvation Army thrift store. I'm telling you, the place was pathetic! The clothes were old and torn, and hardly anything wortwhile was in there. I felt so badly, that when my parents were ready to get rid of a lot of their things, and they were nice things, I told them to take them to that thrift store, and I volunteered to help. Because by donating my things, and my parents donating their things, I KNOW when people shop in there now, there will be some very nice things. Not just clothes, but pictures and other things as well.
• Canada
2 Sep 10
It was very nice of you to donate some good things to the Salvation Army Shop. These places are needed to help out people who still want to look decent but don't have a lot of money. I was in a Goodwill store recently and I must say they had some very nice things there. Ever so often they have a half price day and things are even cheaper. I usually look for preserving jars with lids and other storage jars with lids for beans and pasta. They are expensive in the regular stores and very cheap at garage sales. I went to a church rummage sale last Saturday and bought 3 little jpreserving jars with lids, 3 for a dollar. I was happy. First thing I do with those I wash them with soap and water, then I put them in the dishwasher and wash them again. I make some jam in the fall and give them away as presents. I have found some beautiful glass jars at garage sales. I also dry my own herbs such as mint, oregano, sage, dill, savory, coriander and thyme and store them in these jars. There is a community garden where I volunteer and we have a very large herb section.
@SilverKing (1023)
• Canada
28 Aug 10
Garage sales are great I think and they are a very useful way to find some neat stuff to collect or just something that you can use around the house.I find all sorts of wonderful things a flea markets and garage sales from old game consles to nice old furnature that is very comfortable.The prices are right and usually the owner of the stuff is just trying to get it out of their home so they will usually sell it at a fraction of the real value of the item.I once found a perfectlly operating 330 inch old model tv for 50 dollars and a old couch for 25 dollars.To buy them in the store it would cost a few hundred for the couch and the tv would be over a hundred at least even if it was an old model.
• Canada
28 Aug 10
Yes, I agree. I have also found some wonderful stuff at garage sales. Since I moved to a condo I have to be careful and not buy too much stuff because I have enough clutter as it is but I always like to go and look, chat with the people and generally enjoy the walk in the neighbourhood. I am going to a rummage sale at a nearby church tomorrow.