Friday Five: Garage Sale Edition

Our beloved will smama and Songbird bring us this fun Friday Five:

Welcome to your irregularly scheduled Fifth Friday Five, hosted by will smama and Songbird!Since will smama is preparing for a joint garage sale with her parents, and Songbird's church had a Yard and Plant Sale last Saturday, we have five enormously important questions we hope you will answer:
1) Are you a garage saler?

Not exactly. I think I was 12 the last time that my family had one. I secretly really do like going to them, but tend not to because I hate Having More Crap more than I love nifty stuff.

2) If so, are you an immediate buyer or a risk taker who comes back later when prices are lower?
I'm an immediate buyer. I'm not impulsive, but I think I usually have a mental list of things to keep an eye out for (I'm applying my antique and consignment store mentalities to yard sales, since I stop at them so infrequently). For instance, if I find the desk chair I'm looking for, I'm going home with it. Also, I collect (and use!) pretty hankies, so I'd be going home with those, too. Wait, also good books...

3) Seriously, if you're not a garage saler, you are probably not going to want to play this one.(That wasn't really #3.) 3) This is the real #3: What's the best treasure you've found at a yard or garage sale?
I LOVE steamer trunks and old luggage. I have a flat old trunk that I use as a coffee table (my mom got it for me at a yard sale), and an old cosmetic case that I use to keep letters in. I'm wild about being able to use something for another purpose. If it's functional and quirky, I love it. If it's quirky and just collects dust-- not so much.

4)If you've done one yourself, at church or at home, was it worth the effort?
I can't imagine my church doing one. We have an annual auction, but I wonder sometimes if that's partly to show off the things we can donate. In any event, I think yard sales are a huge pain, and would rather just donate to the Salvation Army.

5) Can you bring yourself to haggle?
In general, yes. Here's the easy line: "Is that the best price you can give me?"

BONUS: For the true aficionado: Please discuss the impact of Ebay, Craig's List, Freecycle, etc... on the church or home yard/garage sale.
I can't answer this as it affects yard sales, but... I love these things!!! They are wonderful for those of us who feel a little awkward rummaging through someone else's things. So, maybe it's a handy alternative to yard sales, and now I don't have to go anymore... hmm. Maybe I can answer about the impact...


  1. Great play, and thanks for the haggling tip!

  2. Sounds like you know all about it! I haven't used Freecycle, but it sounds great.

  3. i LOVE your answer to #3! using things for unintended purposes--wonderful! i especially love the cosmetic case for letters.

    i totally agree--i'd rather give my stuff away rather than have a garage sale!


  4. A church auction sounds like lots of fun! We have not done one of those.

  5. I also love old luggage!!

    And that's a great haggle line!


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