Garage/Yard/Tag Sales

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  1. Diane Lane

    Diane Lane Very Well-Known Member
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    What do you call them? Here they're usually called garage sales. Back home, they were mostly called yard sales, but some of the older folks would sometimes call them tag sales. My neighbors and I are having one over the next few days. I'm only putting in a few items so far, because most of what I'm selling isn't suitable for that venue, but I'm going to go digging around later and tomorrow, since there won't be as much traffic on a Thursday or Friday in this neighborhood. I guess the custom now is to hold them on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, but in this area, it's pretty much 2 days of sitting in the sun without much traffic, then a decent day on Saturday.
     
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    Where I grew up, we called them yard sales. But we did live in one area where they were called tag sales. When my husband asked a lady why they called them that, she just pointed to the tag on an item. Made sense.

    I hate going to yard sales, and I detest having them. I hate the idea of strangers going through my stuff, then haggling over whether something is worth 50 cents or 25 cents, it just gets to me. But my husband had one years ago before we moved to another town, when my son was about 12. We kept all his toys and stuff separate and told him he could have whatever he made. Turns out he was a pretty good negotiator - either that or he had the cuteness factor going for him. I think he made about $200 on his old toys. My husband made about $1,000.

    Plus, we got rid of almost a whole garage full of junk we'd been moving around for years and never using.
     
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    Wow, I made around $180 last year, and I did the best of us all. I thought that was good, but we are off here in the woods, and the signs weren't placed where they were supposed to be. Hopefully there'll be some traffic this time, but I'm not expecting much personally, since I don't have much. I need a lot of notice before a sale, so I can gather my things I'll be selling, and this was a last minute arrangement. That makes sense about the tags. We're pretty organized, which is always a good thing. Few here have garages, so it's strange to call it that, it should be a driveway sale ;). It sounds as if your son and hubby made out like bandits, and I agree with you, I hate the haggling. That's why I have most of it listed elsewhere, and will let it sit until it sells or I donate it.
     
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    In my area we call them yard sales. I like to go to them to see what I can find, most people have no idea of the value of their items. I have see antigues for $5 that may have the value of several hundred dollars.
     
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    We call them yard sales when the stuff for sale is assembled in the yard, and garage sales when they are in the garage.
     
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    I have had yard sales. I have a carriage house instead of a garage but I wouldn't venture to have a tag sale there because the access would be difficult for patrons. With only street parking they would have to walk to get to my house. I wouldn't want to do that myself although I would walk up to a barn sale. Barn sales are fun to go to. Lot's of stuff to eyeball.:D
     
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    We have a carriage house instead of a garage. I think it would be difficult for people to get to a tag sale because there is no convenient access so I have had yard sales.

    I went to a barn sale once. Ohhhh, it was so much fun.
     
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    Ahh, the good old days. It seems everyone these days has a cell phone and is quick to check Google and eBay to determine the value of what they find at the sales, so those serendipitous occasions are happening less often. Alternatively, as those running this garage sale, Google and eBay can help us price items so we are the ones who make the profits.
     
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    Thank God the garage sale is over. I'm glad it wasn't any hotter, but we're doing another one in 3-4 weeks, at another friend's house. The total take was around $550, but that's because one item was a dirt bike that sold for $300, and a headboard and foodboard I sold for $60, the rest was all little things that added up. Hope everyone's having a nice weekend.
     
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    Well, in my state for the most part we call them yard sales. I have seen them referred to as garage sales on occasion and even once I saw the term estate sale used on a sign. I guess all of these more or less equate to the same thing. Anyway, I love going to yard sales, these are great way to find great bargains on something you might be looking for. You know that old saying one man's junks is another man's treasure, with a yard sale this definitely holds true.
     
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    Today was the first day of our joint garage sale, and I missed it. I was off doing my beginning of the month shopping, so I'll start my portion of the sale tomorrow. I honestly don't see the point in starting the sales on Thursday, because we get maybe 2 people. I have limited time and energy, so I'd rather focus on the last two days, although Fridays aren't much busier than Thursdays. There are a lot of people around here who work 4 10s, so are off on Fridays, so hopefully some will straggle on by. I don't have much for the sale this time, but am posting pictures of a few larger items that they will have to come to the house to see if they're interested. I don't anticipate making any money on this sale, but it'll be some social time, and I'm supplying some freebies to draw people in, so maybe someone will make some money.
     
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    Glad, you had a good garage sale, Mal and good luck to you, Diane.

    As far as the difference between names, for me a sale inside a garage is a garage sale, out in the yard equals a yard sale, inside a barn is a sale out in the country. Other names are a moving or an estate sale. I had no idea what a tag sale meant, so did a quick search and found this example,

    "Tag Sale: A sale of second-hand items; an estate or moving sale where items are tagged/priced and displayed in a house.


    Tag Sale Procedure: Customers pick up a number at the front door before the sale starts. No more than 2 numbers will be handed out to any individual - for a spouse, etc. The first 20-25 customers with numbers enter the home to shop, customers enter by numerical order every 10 to 15 minutes. Customers missing their number when called will need to pick up a new number. Staff are placed throughout the house to help customers with their shopping. Customers checkout at the cash register. You can sign up for an email E-Ad at the cash register or send us an email requesting that you want to receive our E-Ads.



    Tag Sale E-Ads: Customers can sign up for Those Girl’s E-Ads. An email ad is sent a week before each sale announcing the Address, Dates and Times.

    Tag Sale Duration: Tag sales usually last 3 days and the last day most items are 50% off.'
    http://thosegirlstagsales.com/What_is_a_Tag_Sale.html

    I love to go to all of the above. Matter of fact, since I have been up in Michigan for the summer, in one month been to about two dozen types of sales. I am on the look-out for old bottles, vases, and mason jars for the flowers we sale on the flower cart in front of my parents house and at the farmers market.

    Last week-end was rainy, so thankful for the people with sales in their garage. I did have a minor incident at one. The lady was not out to collect our money. I mistook her garage door opener to be a door bell. Well, that sure got her attention quick. She came running out of her house frantically. Apparently her garage door does not have a senor and had table strategically placed directly under the door. Okay, no damage done, she saved the day. Needless to say, it was a little embarrassing.

    I kind of slunk over to the next garage sale (yes, three neighbors having a sale together). Much to my surprise, my brother shows up. He is like my sister-in-law is here, too. Of course, she is shopping at the sale where I just made a scene. haha I was kind of hanging to the side waiting for her to come out. Needless to say, she was taking her sweet time shopping. I could see the garage sale lady looking out at me wondering, if I was coming back for more.

     
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    Haha, that's hilarious! We use a canopy, in case it rains, but mostly to keep the hot Texas sun off of us. It's going to be a warm one, so I'm looking forward to having that shade. I'm finishing up a few tasks here before heading out, this sale is way down the other end of the street (2 streets, actually, it's the other end of the neighborhood, but same street as mine. I haven't unpacked my items from the last sale, so I'm just going to pile them up on a cart and drag them with me. It looks to be a beautiful day, so hopefully some people will stop by and buy things!
     
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    Hope you had a prosperous day! I know, if I lived in the area, I would stop by. I like to shop on Fridays and Sundays. On Saturdays, I do the Farmer's Market. So, I hear you about the importance of a canopy to block the sun. Speaking of canopies, ever notice it is much easier to set up vs taking down?

    Good deal on keeping all your items packed for your venture. Isn't is great, when we think ahead, to save the hassle of re-organizing? I try to keep as much as possible packed every week for the market. Of course, not the flowers, haha.
     
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    I call them yard sales and me and my family are going to have a big one Labor Day weekend to raise money for my brother-in-law's hospital bills. He had cancer with no insurance. The bills are in the thousands. Good luck with yours! Advertise it in the paper and put up flyers, that helps to get customers.
     
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    Oh, I hope your brother-in-law is doing better! My mother has cancer. It is indeed a journey. To have the additional burden of medical bills makes it even more of one. I wish you a successful Labor Day yard sale.

    Good suggestions on where to place ads. Nowadays, posting online on various sites also attracts the public. I know this becasue my daughter is always finding a bunch for us to go to on a regular basis. Personally, I always get a thrill, when I simply see a sign on the side of the road.
     
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    Thank you for the idea to use the computer to get more of an audience and thank you for your kind words about my brother-in-law. I hope every thing works out for your mother with her cancer. Thanks for sharing that with me.
     
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    @Linda Schrier If you're on Facebook, make sure you post in the local sales groups about the garage sale, give them a couple of weeks notice, since it's on a holiday weekend, and if you haven't considered it already, you might want to think about creating one of those donation pages for his bills. I don't remember what the names of the sites are, but you can do an internet search if no one chimes in here with them. I think there's gofundme or something like that, and a lot of people use them for medical bills, as well as other things, such as unexpected funeral expenses, etc. I hope your BIL is doing well with the treatment. Cancer is a horrible disease, and I hope his treatment does the trick, and he is cured.
     
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    I had forgotten, we were at the house with a tree canopy, so didn't even have to set up the canvas one. It was a very quiet sale, not much business, and I didn't make a lot of money, but I did get to spend some time with friends, and made about $20. I think the next one is here at my place, so we'll see how that goes. I'm surprised we didn't do better at this one, because in addition to all of our smaller items, a friend was selling 2 jet skis on a trailer, a big truck, and a Mustang. Last time I made the most, this time I made the least, but we probably made about $250 all together, so overall, it was a success.
     
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    Hi Diane, Thank you for all the information. It is gratefully appreciated and I will use it. My brother-in-law has been cured through the treatment thank God! I hope all goes well with your mom.
     
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    @Linda Schrier Hi Linda, So glad to hear he's been cured. It would be difficult to find anyone these days who hasn't been affected by Cancer in one way or another. Thanks, my Mom is doing ok, her dizziness has passed, and I told her to make a note of that and the loss of appetite, to discuss with her doctor on her next appointment.
     
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    Since garage sales are getting common here, we tried it some years ago. First, we made a list of what to sell - old things that are not being used plus some which are not running anymore. We had a long list, from a broken tv set down to old shoes. Since our intention was not to earn profit, we prepared pasta and pastries and treated customers as guests.

    The buyers, mostly neighbors who know us, enjoyed the food and the ambience of our garage which looked like a small warehouse. Most of the goods on sale were bought. Even the broken tv was bought (the buyer was happy to report that it was repaired for a minimal cost). Our first garage sale was a huge success in terms of attendance and appreciation. Just don't ask about the sales.
     
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    Haha @Corie Henson Many people don't make much money on this type of sales. My neighbors that I conduct the sales jointly with usually put ridiculously low prices on their items, because they don't need the money, and are more trying to clean out their houses of old items, so they can go out and buy new ones to replace them. I'm the one who is always looking to make money, and my items are usually different than theirs, because I sell some of the items online, and figure I'll see how they do at the sales. However, one of the neighbors had about 5 vehicles in the last sale, so she did make some money. That was nice of y'all to offer them refreshments. Here in my neighborhood, many would expect any beverage to be alcoholic, so we skipped the food and drinks.
     
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    @Diane Lane, that is also my intention with that garage sale I had years ago - to clear out our stock room. So far, that's the only one and we have yet to hold a part 2 of that garage sale. And I also agree that it's not for the money but more for the fun of it. That event was like a gathering of neighbors. We were chatting almost the whole day because there were chairs and tables and food and drinks, so what more do you need? And when someone would ask for a discount, there is no hesitation on our part.

    Garage sales are common in our village. I see posters once in while about garage sales during weekends. However, I don't have the penchant to buy used items, hahahaaa.
     
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    I don't have a problem buying used, especially if it's something I need, and can't afford to buy it new, such as with electronics, or appliances. I've bought some nice pieces of furniture used as well, and had no idea how difficult it was to sell used furniture. I think times have changed, and most people nowadays seem to prefer buying everything new, so sometimes it's difficult to unload our possessions without donating them.
     
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