Who goes to yard or garage sales?

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  1. optimus grimlock profile image60
    optimus grimlockposted 12 years ago

    My fiance likes going so we went last weekend and we found a 27inch tv for 10.00!!! Got home and it works great, anyone else get deals like this?

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      Brenda Durhamposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I like going to yard sales.
      And sometimes that's the only way I can afford to shop for non-essentials.
      Plus, it's my contribution to the concept of recycling. wink

    2. flread45 profile image64
      flread45posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I go to auctions every monday and find deals such as t.v.s for 2.50 computers 1.00 up.and many other home and outdoor appliances cheap as well.

  2. Cagsil profile image75
    Cagsilposted 12 years ago

    The only time I go to garage sales or tag sales is when I have money in my pocket to burn while I am walking through my community. I take daily walks through my community.

    On a side note- Isn't it funny - "garage sales" or "yard sales", yet they never sell the garage or the yard?? lol lol lol

  3. TamCor profile image82
    TamCorposted 12 years ago

    I used to go to garage and yard sales all of the time, but lately, not so much.  Too many people are now trying to "get rich quick" having them, at least around here, lol... big_smile

    But last year, my husband and I stopped at one on a whim, and we found 7 boxes of old sewing patterns, some from way back in the 30's, and paid only $40 for them. 

    I know this sounds kinda weird, lol.  But, we were selling hard on Ebay at the time, and I listed most of them on there, and made a killing! lol

    So sometimes you really can get lucky at them!  Sure sounds like you did! big_smile


  4. Lisa HW profile image62
    Lisa HWposted 12 years ago

    For some reason second-hand stuff (no matter how great) doesn't appeal to me.  I need that joy of opening an original package and getting the User Guide (etc.)

    1. TamCor profile image82
      TamCorposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      lol Lisa--We're the other way around...the older the stuff is, the better we like it!  Vintage is our favorite word... smile

      Other than the occasional new small kitchen appliance, the last new thing we bought was a mattress...about 10 years ago! lol


      1. rebekahELLE profile image85
        rebekahELLEposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        yard sales are huge in this area,as they can be done throughout the year. I've never really been one to go to them regularly, but there have been times when I've found some amazing books, play furniture. they're great for primary teachers to find barely used books and toys/play clothes. you can find just about anything there now.

        I'm planning one now just to get rid of stuff. I think more people are buying used/lightly used items not only for financial reasons, but for recycling/reuse reasons. It's becoming a big way to 'go green' instead of buying everything new. a few weeks ago, our county had a 'recycle' day to bring all the stuff we can't put in the garbage, like paints, computers, tvs. they had a huge turn-out. the recycling companies had huge trucks. hundreds of computers, monitors were wrapped in shrink wrap. do we really think about where all this stuff we buy ends up?

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        Non-offensiveUserposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I almost bought a mattress at one years back, but a friend of mine told me something that will always force me to buy new mattresses.  She told me to imagine the most disgusting man and woman I could think of, then imagine them having sex on it.  I still can't get past that one.

        1. rebekahELLE profile image85
          rebekahELLEposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          yikes: really, there are just some things that must be bought new with the manufactured wrapping still intact!!

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            Non-offensiveUserposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            You said it!

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        Home Girlposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        So now,Tammy, you can sell your mattress on Ebay too, it's a vintage!

      4. Lisa HW profile image62
        Lisa HWposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Tammy, I like SOME old stuff and really treasure it.  It's just that I'm under the impression garage sales (at least in my suburban area) tend to more often have stuff like collections of Tupperware someone had buyer's remorse over, someone's son's broken old Castle Greyskull or Skeletor doll, or someelse's "fat jeans" (or "thin jeans").  lol  I shouldn't be so cynical, I guess, because I have a beautifully framed painting of my father's little sister who only lived to be three in the early 1900's.  The thing is, though, that kind of thing isn't what I'd be selling at a garage sale (which brings us back to the Tupperware and fat jeans).  lol

    2. fudge128 profile image60
      fudge128posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi. Here in the UK we have what  are "Boot Sales". I love them also. My big dream , is that I will buy something for about 50 pence and find out that it is worth, maybe about £50, or more. Great stuff!!

      1. wychic profile image83
        wychicposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        It can happen! The best return on investment I got was a paperback book that I bought for .10, found out it was a collector's item and sold it the same day for $28

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        ryankettposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I know somebody who bought a porcelain horse for £5 because they just liked it..... turns out that it was rare and should have been part of a pair.

        He got it valued at £800, would have been £2600 as a pair, and he found somebody with the 'other one' who gave him the £800 for it.

        So good luck stories do happen!

  5. Research Analyst profile image77
    Research Analystposted 12 years ago

    Especially now with people moving out of their homes for smaller places and retirees relocating. Yard sales and estate sales are a gold mine for those who are looking for antiques and really good furniture. Saturdays are a great day to go around looking around, I found a juicer for $10 dollars still in the box, and it retails for $50, so I got a real good deal.

  6. wychic profile image83
    wychicposted 12 years ago

    Yes, yard sales are a way of life around here big_smile. This is an agricultural community and most people just plain don't have much money...but luckily, they also tend to have yard sales when they are done with the stuff and want it out of their way, so they usually want next to nothing for it. We go whenever there's something specific we need for the house, or the kid is growing out of his clothes, etc. I've gotten tons of great buys at various sales, but probably my favorite is my huge, solid wood antique sewing desk that I got for $25. It's still in great shape, and this thing could last through anything.

  7. wilderness profile image95
    wildernessposted 12 years ago

    I'm ad addict as is my wife.  I have occasionally bought at a yard sale for resale on Amazon; we once bought a doll for $2 and it sold for $85!  Probably my best purchase was a shopsmith woodwoorking tool - new at about $3000, used maybe $1000 but I bought it for $25.  All it needed was a little oil to loosen it up.

    We also have yard sales at home about once a year.  One year we had a 2 year old son in a body cast so on the day of the sale it was a beautiful day and we padded his little red wagon with blankets and took him outside for the first time in weeks.  We made more from donations kind folk insisted on giving us than we did from the sale!  Our son had a bonanza of new toys!

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    Precious Williamsposted 12 years ago

    I prefer to sell rather than to buy.  I was bought up with vintage - especially clothes and I hated it. I am with Lisa HW - if you like it go for it. The fact that I don't go is probably why I am poor - but having been a nurse and looked under microscopes ...

    1. flread45 profile image64
      flread45posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Even though you are a nurse and looked under microscopes,you still get germs from anything and everything you touch and breath in.The majic is to stay healthy and let the body fight for you,as it will defeat 99% of the germs on anything.smile

      1. Lisa HW profile image62
        Lisa HWposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        You get germs from everything; but you don't always know that someone's dog didn't wet on something before they cleaned up and tried to sell it to you.  hmm

  9. Wayne Tully profile image65
    Wayne Tullyposted 12 years ago

    I do all the time, because I've found comic books that have filled my collections and some great stuff that others want rid of and in good condition too....Car boot sales are ace, although I didn't think cars had feet to wear boots!!??

  10. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 12 years ago

    I used to make a point of scouting them out in the summertime.  I've added some great music to my album collection via yard sales.  If I happen to come across a sale I look to see if someone is basically tossing out their kid's albums that were left behind in their childhood home long ago. I'll buy the whole 'box' of music if I have to just to get one album.  And the price is always right!

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      Home Girlposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      When we came to Canada  we had no money, just two suitcases of necessary things and that's it! Garage sales were like a miracle! I used to buy tons of toys ( some were given for free), lamps and linen and what not! It is such a big help. But the biggest miracle was that people throw absolutely good things away, just put them on a curb that's it. Imagine the mentality of a person from a socialist country where you never have what you need and and everything is rationed! People start taking everything, that is thrown away in or stealing everything that is easily accessible and not watched properly. It's madness. You need time to adjust to plenty of everything and understanding that crime does not pay.

      1. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
        GeneriqueMediaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Garage sales are awesome. Not only do they really keep money in the local economies, but they help the environment by recycling the fun. Add in awesome deals, and who can complain?

      2. wychic profile image83
        wychicposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        People will do that here too...just put a bunch of stuff out by the dumpster that's all perfectly usable, but they don't use it anymore. Luckily, they'll generally do it right after the garbage has been picked up and when the weather is nice, then put a big "FREE" sign on it, and some will also list it on Freecycle and let people know where to find it. Generally, it doesn't make it through the week until the next trash day smile.

  11. katiem2 profile image60
    katiem2posted 12 years ago

    NEVER I'm a neat freak, don't need stuff. smile

  12. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 12 years ago

    I just love car boot sales or market stalls selling things second-hand for next to nothing! You can pick up some great bargains. I'm needing a base for a 2.4 metre satellite dish and the shop wants €55 for it. A mate of mine bought one for €5 at a car boot sale.


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