Yes, I said garage “sails” not sales. I’m not really sure this is just an upstate thing either, I’ve been told it is considered a sport in New Jersey and other foreign countries. Once the snow melts the garage sale goers are on the prowl sailing from one garage to another. They show up a day early or before the crack of dawn and sit there like vultures waiting for the victim to fall.
Even more odd are the people who think they are going to actually make money off of junk they’ve stored for years and forgot about. I’ve tried to empty the garage and storage areas of “treasures” that no one has used for years. We literally have 12 huge boxes marked “Christmas” and may use about 3 of them. Death if you dispose* of anything before the big “sale”.
*Tip: Wait until the wife and kids go out. You can then sneak all manner of stuff to the dump, transfer station or Goodwill with nobody being the wiser. You may have to swear your neighbors to secrecy though…
I finally figured out it is not really about selling or buying anything, it’s one big social event. You’ll never see just one garage sale in a neighborhood upstate; the whole street is involved and it has a theme…No joshing. Baby furniture, clothes or toys in one neighborhood; sports, outdoor furniture or camping stuff in another…Crafts in another. They’re selling baked goods, collecting for causes; it’s more like a huge town wide carnival or an offline version of an auction site. Point and click becomes start the car, slam the door and “We’re heading to the next place, hoist the sails Alice”.
Next time we’re assailing (pardon bad pun) the seasonal privately owned campgrounds….