Security at Your Garage Sale, Part One

TweetOver the years I’ve adopted certain policies in order to maintain security before, during and after my Garage Sales. A prime point is to never hold a yard sale alone. There must always be another person around to help me keep an eye on stuff and to allow me a bathroom or a snack break.…



Lending My Yard

TweetDriving around L.A. I see yard sales all over the place. They’re usually set up in front of someone’s free standing, single-family home. But I also see them in front of schools, on large green spaces in front of commercial buildings and also on sidewalks in front of apartment buildings. A few weeks ago a…

Out With the Old

TweetWe popped into Bed, Bath and Beyond over the weekend with plenty of their 20% off coupons and a few coupons for $5 off. There were a few things we needed, including a sieve, a spatula and some pillowcases. Upgrading always offers an opportunity to add a thing or two to the Yard Sale box.…

The Holiday Season is an important one to our yard sales

TweetFirst, it’s nice when you get something new that replaces something old. This year my sister gave me a large computer bag. I like to use this size bag for the gym. And sure enough, my current bag has rips in the lining and one broken zipper. The used item will go in the Yard…

Sort Your Yard Sale Box

TweetI’m having knee surgery in mid December. This will surely limit my mobility for several months, even a year. So I’m making the most of things now while I can. One of the things on my list is to organize my garage and sort out the “Yard Sale Box.” We usually hold our annual yard…

Things That Don’t Sell, Part Four

TweetAs I’ve written before, in preparation for a yard sale, I alert my family and friends. Sometimes people will join us by selling their own stuff in front of our house. In other cases, they might give us something to sell. In the case of my mother, I’m invited to help her explore the nooks…

Things That Don’t Sell, Part Three

TweetI love my truck, especially on trash days. I’m not one who actively roams the streets looking for attractive discards, not that there’s anything wrong with that. But when, in the course of my normal drives, I come across something that appeals to me, I will pull over and load it into my flatbed. Over…

Things That Won’t Sell, Part Two

TweetI frequently find furniture on the side of the road. After a thorough wipe down and maybe some paint, these pieces can often end up inside my house. This is one of many reasons I love driving my truck. I found our faux brass headboard (California King) in an alley. I first painted it black.…

Things That Won’t Sell, Part One

TweetOver the past few years there have been a few items that I’ve put up for sale at my garage sales that haven’t sold. For the most part, items like these go directly to Goodwill or to Out of the Closet. But some items I’ve kept. Sometimes this is due to my perceived value in…

The Longest Yard Sale in the World

TweetStarting today, Thursday, August 1, 2013, the World’s Longest Yard Sale runs until Sunday, August 4th. At almost 700 miles long, the sale takes place along Highway 127, from Michigan to Alabama.  Treasure hunters will try their luck and empty their wallets at the multi-state event, said to be “Americana at it’s best.” You can…

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