Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Diamonds in the Rough at Yard & Garage Sales

Continuing the new blog section titled, “Diamonds in the Rough,” covering many of the places in the world (maybe not quite all but many) where one finds, buys & sells antiques. Just look at your local and major newspapers in the Classified Sections to find the places that are hosting these events:

èAuctions  èAuction Sales  èIndividual Classified Sales èDownsizing Sales èFlea Markets èEstate Sales èGarage Sales èMoving Sales èYard Sales

Today, I will post about finding antiques at
Yard & Garage Sales   

Pick up any newspaper and there is a section for many weekend yard and garage sales. Some are listed individually, others are listed as Multi-Family Yard Sales, Moving Sales, Flea Markets, and some get fancy and call them Residential Estate Sales. Some will be specific, such as one ad that stated the sale was a Craft & Sportsman Show. How did a “show” get listed among the sales?

I guess it doesn’t matter, so whatever the event is called, you will find a plethora of things, some you need, others you want, and for that main reason you search out these sales, the bargain awaits. Better yet, it’s to find that diamond in the rough. So off you go!

In my local newspaper the yard sale page has a Locator Map. How convenient. Depending on how much time you have, how far you are willing to travel, and of course, how much money you can spend, you map out your routes and locations. To make it easier on yourself, because these excursions can be quite taxing, read what each sale has to offer. For instance, say you are looking for toys. As for a toy to be classified as an antique, the ad may read, vintage toys. 

The first ad in today’s paper offering toys is the moving sale. Not detailed at all and just the address is given. I look for it on the locator map, but the street name is not there. How can I find this place? No phone number either, so I guess I won’t be going there. Check that one off my list. Letting my fingers do the walking, I find an ad that lists antiques, furniture, porcelain dolls, etc. Now this looks promising. But once again, I can’t locate the street on the map and no phone number. This is getting frustrating and I haven’t even left the house. I better get a better map if I am going to find any toys at all.

Continuing my paper search, I find in bold print the word HUGH . . . HUGH Yard Sale with explicit directions, and it lists toys! Though there was still no phone number, the address was clear and I found it on my big map. 

Reading the next ad, I can tell the person who was conducting the multi-family yard sale knew what he/she was doing. It read, “Balloon on mailbox.” Now how clever is that. The ad even gave which entrance to use when entering the sub-division. Smart, indeed.  Found more toys in the next ad and this one, too, gave good directions.

Along with the fancy Residential Estate Sale ad, there was another unusual yard sale. This one said, in bold type, REMODELING SALE. The ad went on to say, NO EARLY BIRDS! Limited Quantity, Cash Only! Immediate Removal Required. Wow! Lots of rules. And no wonder why. It was some sort of resort that was obviously doing some updating. I’m sure there were many bargains there, but I wasn’t interested in beds and furniture, so I continued to read on.

Then the Estate Sale ad caught my eye because it listed “doll collection.” Now here may be a good place to start my scavenger trip.  You got to start somewhere and the sooner you get to where you want to go, there is more opportunity to find the good stuff. I had to laugh when a following ad read, in bold, of course, “The Best is First, Sat. 7am – 2 pm. I like the adage, First come, first serve. Or this one, The Early Bird gets the worm. So when you plan your yard sale search, do so days in advance. That way, as soon as you finish your coffee, the hunt is on.

After reading 29 ads, I found only three that interest me, and wouldn’t you know it, all places were at opposite sides of town. Oh well, as long as I can find at least one toy for my collection, I will be happy. I might even find things I don’t need, shouldn’t want, but will buy any way. So wish me luck and the same to you.

P.S. As I was looking for yard & garage sale signs on Google Images, I came across another moniker for this type of merchandise sale. It is called a Rummage Sale. Now I haven’t heard that word it years and laughed when I saw it. The word rummage means, (slang, U.S.) search, hunt, ransack, scour, look everywhere, look high & low, leave no stone unturned. Also, for all you yard sale buffs, here are two websites for you to investigate:
August 7-10, 2014.
The 127 Yard Sale covers 690 miles from Addison, MI to Gadsden, AL and boasts thousands of vendors.

Yard Sale Ahead: The Route 11 Yard Crawl - The Movie

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