On Garage Sale Day, held on the second Saturday in August and taking place on August 12 this year, head to garage sales taking place in your vicinity and start shopping! Yes, these sales are amazing and can actually help you find items you have been searching for. This includes furniture, books, decorative items, jewelry, cutlery, electronics, and many other objects that may serve an essential purpose in your life. All you have to do is ensure you are not being duped into buying something at an incredibly high price. Need to get rid of things of your own? Use this day to hold a sale in your garage or backyard!
History of Garage Sale Day
Garage Sale Day was created in 2001 by C. Daniel Rhodes of Alabama in the U.S. after he witnessed his neighbors hold garage sales literally every weekend. But before you head out to shop from a garage sale or host one of your own, here is the interesting history of where garage sales originated from and how they became so popular.
In the 1890s, garage sales were known as rummage sales and held in a community almost every week. The sales, however, were hosted by churches or charitable organizations with the motive of generating money for those in need. By the 1950s and 1960s, the popularity of these sales escalated and yard sales were conducted by residents of communities who needed cash or wanted to get rid of certain household items. This was mainly because consumerism had increased during this time period and many individuals wanted to dispose of old household goods in order to purchase more modern versions. So instead of simply throwing away things, people started hosting garage sales for neighbors.
In 1990, the City Wide Garage Sale was held in California — an event that now takes place semi-annually and is heavily advertised. In fact, garage sales are now marketed by almost everyone by using newspaper ads, signs outside houses, posters, or on the internet. This has led to an increase in countrywide garage sales and each year Americans hold an estimated 6.5 to nine million garage sales yearly. Do you know what that means? You can hold one of your own too!
Garage Sale Day timeline
‘Rummage sales’ of unclaimed and defected ship cargo take place.
Residential sales known as ‘rummage sales’ start taking place.
The internet is used to market garage sales.
A British businessman, Andy Fields, buys an Andy Warhol original painting from a yard sale by mistake.
Garage Sale Day FAQs
What is the best month for a garage sale?
The best time to hold a garage sale is during spring and summer.
Are garage sales worth having?
Yes. Garage sales are the best place to find vintage items at a good price.
How can I maximize my garage sale profit?
All you have to do is display items that target different audiences and put appropriate prices on each item.
Garage Sale Day Activities
Hold a garage sale
Are there some items you want to discard? Why throw them away when you can hold a garage sale and earn some cash?
Visit a garage sale
To celebrate the day, visit a garage sale and you will be shocked to see the unique items you may come across.
Market the importance of garage sales
There is a reason so many garage sales are held in the U.S. every year — it’s because they help people in ways we cannot imagine. Throughout the day, promote the importance of garage sales so the trend never goes out of fashion.
5 Fun Facts About Garage Sales
The best day to host one
Saturday is the best day to have a garage sale.
The average price
On average, a garage sale item is 85 cents.
The world’s longest yard sale
The title goes to the garage sale running along U.S. Route 127 from Michigan to Alabama.
Popular items at garage sales
These include old games, furniture, and picture frames.
Garage sales every week
5,000 garage sales are listed on Craig's List.
Why We Love Garage Sale Day
It focuses on recycling products
Garage sales actually benefit the environment since old products are reused and consumed instead of being discarded.
It’s good for people who can’t afford expensive items
Not everyone can buy things such as furniture, books, clothes, electronics, e.t.c., at the original price. For these individuals, garage sales are a hopping haven.
It promotes antique items
While some household items might be ‘old’ for one family, it is a treasure for those who love to collect antique pieces.
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