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"It says right there in the paper, 'No early birds,' " Bennett said, shaking her finger. "If they can't read, that's their problem. I'll send them on their way."
Bennett spent two weeks ahead of her sale rummaging through the attic of her midtown home, her husband's junk room and the garage. Setting up for a garage sale is hard work, especially because she also toted everything to south
So if she's a little cranky after all of that, too bad, she said.
Bennett admits that parting with her belongings is tough. As a buyer tries to negotiate a set of dishes from
"I want it all gone," she said. "Marvin may leave me over it once he figures out that I sold all his crud, but oh well. I'll be lonely, but at least I'll have an organized house."
"All it needs is a good cleaning," Keswick said. "You have to look past the dust, and you can find really great stuff at yard sales."
Krystle Minsick and
"This way we don't break the bank either," Groom said. "I could go to the mall and spend
Kids' clothes are a hot-ticket item for Minsick and Groom. They slide open a van door to show off their morning purchases. Minsick points to name brands, all stain-free and not bearing a hint of second-hand status. At the last stop, she was able to grab a pair of toddler Nikes, four outfits from
"Kids' clothes are so expensive, and they grow out of them so fast," Minsick said. "I could go to
Groom also found an old sander of
"(Marvin) keeps everything, and I can't take it anymore,"
Bennett did her best to distract her husband from the fact that most of the contents of his junk room are sorted in a driveway and priced to move.
That's also why Bennett wanted the sale at her daughter
"We did it this way so Dad wouldn't be around to notice what's going on," Redfox said laughing. "I warned Mom though, I only give it two days before he catches on. I'll be on vacation then, and I'm keeping my cell phone turned off."
Garage talk Try these tips for buyers and sellers before hitting the sales this week:
Team up. If you are holding a sale, try to arrange it at the same time as others in your neighborhood or combine with a friend's family. You'll get more traffic.
Make signs in addition to placing ads. Most effective is to use fluorescent background with thick, black lettering. Take a test drive around the block and see if you can read the address while driving the speed limit. If not, make the type bigger.
Be specific. When advertising in the classifieds, make your description as broad as possible. If you are selling everything from a Hasty-Bake oven to Levi's to three editions of
Haggle. Buyers, always negotiate, and sellers, be willing to negotiate. An item may have a lot of value to your family, but really, it's just a ceramic turtle to everyone else. Make sure the price reflects that. And, on the other hand, as a buyer, don't insult people by offering 25 percent of the asking price. Just because it is a garage sale doesn't mean everything should be
Rise and shine. The dealers (antique stores, auction houses, consignment stores) are out in full force bright and early, snatching up things to mark up and sell in their stores. If you want to find used furniture or big items with value, make sure to be out by
Be charitable If you hold a garage sale and items are left over, consider donating them to a charity that helps the needy. Call a charity of your choice to ask if they accept donations or do curbside pickups. Ask for a receipt and claim the donation on your taxes.
Attended donation centers are open Monday through Saturday from
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