I can remember my mom and grandparents having garage sales when I was in grade school. They would usually have the sale on a Wednesday morning, which was an absolute bummer for me because I had to go to school. I was never a morning person; my mom had to yell at me numerous times to get up, but on garage sale days I was up and ready! Not only was I excited about the garage sale, but my grandparents always brought donuts. Double WIN! I wanted to get ready super-quick just so I could sit outside, eat donuts, and watch people come dig through our stuff! It’s amazing how many people are at your house before your garage is even open, anxious to look through all your “junk.”
I guess the saying “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure” is accurate!
It was always entertaining because my mom would have a table or box that said everything 10 CENTS, as if that wasn’t cheap enough, people still wanted to bargain. They would say “would you take 5 CENTS for this?” Made me laugh! At that point, my mom just gave it to them!
When I was in high school and college, the garage sales did not end! My mom recruited me as an active garage sale employee. I was responsible for helping set up, tagging items, and making the garage sale signs on neon poster board. The best part was driving with my mom to disperse the signs in our subdivision and nearby intersections. I remember it was extremely windy one night and was so difficult to the get our signs taped up. We were laughing so hard I thought I was going to pee in my pants. Our hair was flying and signs were blowing away…it must have been a real sight for the oncoming traffic. The two of us together was always hilarious! I guess my work never went unnoticed because I was rewarded with donuts on Garage Sale Day!
Now, with technology like online sites and apps, garage sales have taken a different turn. There are so many other means to sell your “junk.” Sales are posted on Craigslist, Offer Up, and there are numerous garage sale apps for every city on Facebook! Instead of having a “Garage Sale,” you can post your items on these sites. You can meet up with the interested buyer, or even have door/porch pick-up. When I moved to Texas I posted several large items on Craigslist to sell. I felt comfortable doing this because I knew I was moving. Otherwise, I would be hesitant to have someone come into my home to buy furniture. Sure, the apps create an easy way to sell stuff and eliminate the preparation that goes into an actual sale. But I had so much fun having garage sales with my mom and grandparents, I want to continue this tradition. The apps are probably less hassle, but I enjoy watching people as they search through my stuff in hopes of finding a treasure. Oh, and it’s a good excuse to buy donuts!
Now that we have all these other means for selling various items, will actual garage sales vanish?
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