Have you started going to garage sales yet?

United States
May 7, 2007 7:19am CST
I went to my first onslaught of garage sales at a local subdivision this weekend. They had literally tons of houses that had stuff. Some were ridiculous and thought because they were "well known" for their garage sale every year they should charge as much as the stores charge, but many had some great buys! I picked up a beautiful desk lamp, a butcher block with knives, a huge bag of silverware (my son evidently eats his silverware after his meals lol),a brand new watering hose with it's own roller to keep it rolled up in, an old wooden scrabble game (my kids did not believe that it used to be made in wood), and a bobble-head of our local gorilla who was the oldest living gorilla in the world (he passed away a couple years ago). Yeah, I know, weird but I loved him so much!
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• Philippines
7 May 07
Wow, great items you had. I love garage sales, especially when the items come from friends. Because you know they are still working.~~lol And you can have great bargain, which will help a lot on the budget. By the way, may I know who is the gorilla,I mean his story? Would love to hear it. Have a nice day Hockeygal! (^^,)
• Philippines
15 May 07
Wow so amazing, definitely I would have love Rudy as well. It's so amazing how nature works and how they felt so attached to one another, married... So amazing! Thanks for sharing Rudy's story Hockeygal. I really love it. Have a great day! (^^,)
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• Canada
7 May 07
I was so disappointed when our town instituted a bylaw about garage sales. We are only allowed to have two per year and they have to be on the specific days that are determined by the city council. Half of the districts get one weekend, the other half get the next weekend. So it really limits how much bargain hunting we can do locally -- especially if we want to hold a garage sale ourselves (which we usually do with our 13 year old daughter who is working hard at fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society). It sounds like you got some good bargains, hockeygal! I DEFINITELY know what you mean about people overcharging though!! We have a few folks in our neighborhood that do that and I'm not sure why they are selling their stuff if they feels it's worth sooooo much. We always price our items to give a starting point but, of course, we expect people to "bargain" -- part of the fun of going to a garage sale in the first place LOL
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• United States
7 May 07
Oh man, that limit on sales would definitely be a bummer! What's the point of that? It really sucks because then you can't hit ALL the sales up at once so you miss out on many! That's just crazy. Not to mention leaves too many weekends open with no sales! I'd complain for sure! LOL I did enjoy the hunt this weekend. I don't hit as many as I used to but I still enjoy hitting a few here and there.
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7 May 07
Here in the UK we have boot fairs, when people take their cars to a field and set up a stall. I am planning to go to one soon, with all the clutter I have to clear from the house and hopefully I will make a few pounds too. I have bought some great bargains from boot fairs in the past, so it's time I cleared the junk and earned some money :-)
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• United States
7 May 07
We call those Flea Markets here. Odd eh?
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• United States
7 May 07
I have never done garage sales, my sister used to love to go to them when I stayed with her (she lives in Dallas), and I did see alot of them going on this weekend, we were just so busy with the kids, but my favorite thing to do is buy things from craiglist.org, which to me is a huge garage sale online, you see the picture, you email and then you go the person's house and buy. Gotta love it.
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• United States
7 May 07
Online versions of "garage sales" have definitely taken ahold and made it a bit easier to find what you need. I have issues with the prices they charge for shipping and handling though. I have gotten things that cost literally a buck or two to send and they've charged $7 in S&H or something!
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• United States
7 May 07
Online versions of "garage sales" have definitely taken ahold and made it a bit easier to find what you need. I have issues with the prices they charge for shipping and handling though. I have gotten things that cost literally a buck or two to send and they've charged $7 in S&H or something!
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• United States
7 May 07
Yeah Sellers on eBay do that to me too ... and I am an experienced eBayer ... had a guy recently want to charge me $22.95 for shipping & handling charges cause he did not have a car and needed to pay for transportation to send his items, I fought it and we ended up not doing the deal and leaving positive feedback for each other. But http://www.craigslist.org/ is a site that is for locals to use to find garage sale items that you pick up locally but view the pictures online, it is really cool.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
7 May 07
i often go to this kind of sale whenever we have them here. I guess our car boot sales are the same thing and if you search through all the junk you can find some great bargains blessed be
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• United States
7 May 07
We call those "Flea Markets"... don't ask... because there are no Fleas! lol I've never really understood the name myself. Garage sales and yard sales are done from your home. Flea Markets are a gathering of different people who set up tables or sell out of their cars, etc. Those type of sales are HUGE down south. Up north here we have them but not as many as down south.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
7 May 07
hey we also have flea markets lol these tend to be under cover, ive never understood the name either blessed be
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• United States
7 May 07
Ahhh... see ours can be either way... out in a big field in the open or under cover. And you're right... I'd love to find out the origin of the name? Or maybe I wouldn't!!!! LOL
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@mskzalameda (4036)
• Philippines
7 May 07
I really love garage sales for we can find great buys there at a low price. Its sad that those garage sales is far from our home. but the good thing about that is that I won't be addicted to it for a little bit of everything is bad you know hehe.. I really love finding things there like clothes, bags but oftentimes, I find those things on the garage sale online at multiply.com he he. The shipping costs more than the item I want to buy ha ha!
• United States
7 May 07
I definitely think the summer months makes online places like craigslist and ebay and multiply suffer a bit in sales. You're right, by the time you pay for shipping you could out and out buy the item new! You have to be careful finding bargains online just because of that.
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• Philippines
7 May 07
yes that is true. thanks for the concern. ;)
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@chargoans (940)
• United States
7 May 07
I have not yet began my yard sale quest this year because the good ones haven't started yet! There have only been four or five in the past few weeks, and honestly, they were so small with mainly just infant items that I didn't even stop.
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• United States
7 May 07
I haven't gone to any garage sales yet. I don't have any extra money just yet. I have to fix my car again and that comes first. Plus it was raining and I was working from 1030 to 4 on friday and saturday. I have a scrabble game that the things were made in wood. I might go in a few weeks or have my own garage sale.
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• United States
7 May 07
hockeygal4ever, you'd love it here in Florida. Garage sales, yard sales, church group sales, indoor and outdoor flea markets year round. We can't get enough of them. If we're going garage sale hunting on early Saturday mornings you'll see quite a few of the same cars as you hit different sales. I grew up in New Jersey and remember that if it wasn't for indoor flea markets then there was nothing else for a good 6 months at least. ‹(°¿°)›
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• United States
7 May 07
Oh I agree! I used to love going to visit my Gram in Alabama because they always had flea markets, every day of the week!!!!! Here, we get a short lived season.. but perhaps that's why I enjoy them so much when we get them! LOL
• United States
7 May 07
Yeah it's funny that way. You seem to appreciate them more when they come back into season. I, for one, never get tired of bargain shopping. Whether it's at the ones we've mentioned or places like thrift stores and antique malls. Check out Goodwill's auction site. I think you'll find it fascinating. http://www.shopgoodwill.com/ ‹(°¿°)›
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• Canada
7 May 07
Hi hockeygal4ever, I will be hitting the Garage Sales this weekend as last weekend was busy. I cant wait! They are one of my favorite things about the arival of Spring. I'm not really looking for anything specific, but you never know what you'll find!
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• Canada
8 May 07
Hope your feeling better and your all ready for more yard sales! I love them! You never know what you'll find!
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@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
7 May 07
Yard and garage sales are not in full swing yet in my town. Next weekend (May 18, 19, & 20) is the dogwood festival. A big carnival and celebration with a parade too- This is usually when the yard sales start up. Most people hold off until then- they get more traffic with the out of town people coming in for the weekend. It’s a big to do. A weekend in June is when I go to Gonanda- It’s a pretty nice subdivision that has yard sales- I usually get some great finds there too! Sounds like you got some awesome deals! Tell your son to stop eating the silverware- : ) I’d love the Scrabble board (wooden) I’m sure my daughter would not believe that it was once wooden either!
• United States
7 May 07
LOL... I'll have to take pictures and post them just to prove to them young 'uns that dagnabbit we DID have wooden scrabble! LOL
• United States
7 May 07
they charged as much as the stores? yikes.that's too much. people really haven't started having them yet here-the weather's been too unpredictable.i hope soon though.
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• United States
7 May 07
Oh this one woman had a used patio set, all iron, round table and 4 chairs. There was rust on it and while it was in "ok" shape and certainly had a few more years I'd be darned if I'd pay $100 for a set like that when you can go to WalMart and find one for slightly more that is brand new!
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
7 May 07
We had a giant garage sale in the next town over from me two weekends ago, It was a firemans garage sale, people donate stuff to them all year long, and then they sell stuff at the yard sale once a year to make some money to support themselves. It's a pretty good idea if you ask me. I went and i got some baby toys for my daughter, a few books for me, a chair for when she is older ( you know the sponge ones with the cover, this one has the bugs life on it ), and i almost got a slow cooker, but the nob was missing on the lid :/ i should have got it and replaced the kno b, it was near brand new! There is a nother one in a town near here soon, i think the first of june, and they have everyone in the town out selling stuff, and i would LOVE to go to taht one. They call it a GIANT WING DING. I have never heard of a yard, or garage sale called a wing ding. lol.
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• United States
7 May 07
LOL... I have to agree I've never heard of it called a wing ding either.. but hey, call it what they want as long as they have great stuff at cheap prices! LOL I loved going when my little ones were small because you can get so many nice, barely used items for the babies!
• United States
7 May 07
My kids had a way of bending the silverware into odd shapes. I could never bend them back into the original shape. Many would end up in the back yard or completely disappear! I was always picking up replacements at tag sales. I have yet to go to a tag sale this year. There have been a few of them. Hubby doesn't like to go, but I bet now that we have our friend living with us, he may start going. Our friend loves to go to tag sales.
• United States
7 May 07
oh I feel for you! lol I have the same issue. When they were small I'd find zillions of silverware in their sand box or in the yard next to mud pies. As they aged I found more and more put back in the drawer but bent and twisted and everything else. I often have thought that I live in a house of posessed children who just bend silverware with their evil little minds! LOL Just kidding. But you do have to wonder what exactly causes a spoon to bend like that and a fork prong to stick upwards an extra 1/8 inch! LOL
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@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
7 May 07
I love yards sales or moving sales. My boyfriend and I are hoping to have our own this weekend. We are going to be moving into a new place together and it's time to get rid of a lot of the clutter. We usually do oe every year in fact, and whatever dosen't get sold, gets put inthe car and taken to Goodwill....so no matter what, we get rid of all our stuff some way or another. I have gotten some pretty good deals at yard sales too. I used to live in a neighborhood that the most most amazing yard sales...One of my favorites was a giant antique steamer chest for $2...and the guys even carried it to my house. Such a deal!
• United States
7 May 07
Oh I've always wanted one of those steamers! Any I've ever found smelled musty!!! I've looked and looked, so that's a GREAT find!
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
7 May 07
I have a friend who goes to garage sales as if they were part of her religion. If she finds one along the road that isn't in her papers, she has to stop at it too. My problem is I don't have enough cash to shop at garage sales or stores.
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• United States
7 May 07
My one friend used to be that way too! I swear she had a nose that told her which way to drive so she would hit a sale no matter where she was on her way to! lol
@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
11 May 07
I have went to a few, but last weekend was the first weekend that there was very many. I was busy and didn't get to go. I might get to go to a few this weekend.
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@massaj03 (4372)
• United States
8 May 07
Yes, I love yard sales, and flea markets...I think I enjoy going to flea markets better though more of a variety...and yeah I agree most f the time you can find some really great deals there.
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@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
8 May 07
hey there! We saw a sign for a multi family one that was going to be last saturday but darn it, we forgot all about it! I was a little disappointed, I really wanted to go! Sounds like you got some great deals! And I hate when people charge a fortune, um hello?! It's a garage sale! It's supposed to be cheap! I don't buy anything overpriced from a garage sale. I am excited its garage sale season though! I love garage sale-ing!
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@timou87 (1642)
• Singapore
8 May 07
in Singapore, where everyone lives in aparment blocks, we seldom ever have or see garage sales, which is quite a pity in my opinion. but people are trying to change that culture by introducing flea markets, some of which are held during the weekends in the city area or the shopping districts
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