What Is a Garage Sale?


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A garage sale is a private sale at an individual's home where the owner sells their personal belongings. Garage sales often take place in the garage, but they may also take place on the driveway, lawn or patio. Other names for these types of sales include lawn, yard, rummage or moving sales.

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What Is a Garage Sale?
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Garage sales give people the chance to get rid of things they no longer use while making a little money. People sell any household or personal items at garage sales, including clothes, books, toys, furniture, tools and home decor. The quality and condition of the items varies. Pricing is usually low to encourage customers to buy. Customers often head to garage sales in search of deals because of the typical low pricing.

Garage sales often happen on weekends, but some people also hold garage sales in the afternoon and evenings. Garage sales are popular during warmer weather starting in spring and continuing through fall. While many areas don't regulate garage sales, others restrict the timing, number of garage sales allowed and where signs may be displayed.

City-wide or neighborhood garage sales are sometimes scheduled to attract more customers. Several residents in the area hold garage sales on the same day and time. Garage sale customers like these events, because they can attend several sales in a single area.

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