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SPECIAL SECTION: Holding a successful garage sale

A collection of stories and images focused on successful garage sales. Stories on shopping at garage sales and storage unit auctions are also included.


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ILLUSTRATION: Garage sale

300 dpi Eddie Thomas color illustration of man advertising garage sale.

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Too much stuff; Lessons learned from a first 'last' garage sale

Last summer, my wife and I decided to test the limits of our marriage and do one of those things we swore we’d never do: Have a garage sale.

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Storage wars; Early morning garage sales have a new rival: self storage auctions

Although not a new venue, self storage auctions are now getting swamped with attendees, due mostly to the popularity of reality shows such as A & E's "Storage Wars" and Spike TV's "Auction Hunters." During the event, the belongings of a storage unit are auctioned off to the highest bidder to recoup the loss of rental fees

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ILLUSTRATION: Garage sale

300 dpi Tom Borgman color illustration: aerial view of people looking for bargains at a garage sale.

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If you go, learn to search like a pro

Bargain seekers and wannabe pickers are always on the hunt for the next good find, that jewel among the junk that makes the hours of standing and searching all worthwhile.

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How to: Have a great garage sale

Today, garage sales are my brand of recycling-meets-profit margin. If my kids outgrow something, or if an item has outlived its purpose, I put it aside to include in my next sale. Planning is key to a successful sale. Here's how to do it

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Garage sales are an art form for both buyers and sellers

When it comes to garage sales, early birds usually come out with a haul. "It says right there in the paper, 'No early birds,' " Bennett said, shaking her finger.

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Sheri Drallmeir, of Roselle, Illinois, looks for children's clothes during a garage sale in the Woodland Hills subdivision, July 18, 2008, in Bartlett, Illinois.

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It's best to group similar items together when setting up a garage sale.

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HOME-GARAGESALE

It's best to group similar items together when setting up a garage sale.

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HOME-GARAGESALE

Price your items so that you won't be bringing them back into your garage at the end of the day.

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HOME-GARAGESALE

Arrange your garage sale to allow for easy browsing.

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HOME-GARAGESALE

Arrange your garage sale to allow for easy browsing.

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HOME-GARAGESALE

Arrange your garage sale to allow for easy browsing.

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Trash or treasure? Storage unit bidders love the thrill of the hunt

Take a quick look at the boxes and bins stacked inside the storage unit. Uh-uh.

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