Seller, Beware: the New Yard-Sale Rules .wsj.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Rare copy of United States Declaration of Independence found in Kew The Telegraph Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Flea market etiquette Philly.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
July 10, 2009
That was none other than Homer Simpson haggling at Professor Frink's yard sale.
No telling whom you might bump into on a sunny weekend morning at one of our cherished institutions.
Where we all do our duty by keeping junk out of our landfills and reuse junk that may still have a few more hundred years of life.
At least that's what you'll tell yourself as you assess a ten-cent butter dish.
It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment the yard sale started in this country but I would assume it probably coincides with the first yard.
In doing a little digging, I discovered that the front yard might not go as far back as you think. In fact it wasn't until the Industrial Revolution that lawns became practical for most Americans. Since they were seen as a luxury expense for only the wealthy that could afford gardeners.
(Garage, porch and stoop sales are just yard sales without the yard.)
Besides that landfill thing, you can get lucky. Like discovering an original "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot, a first edition of Moby Dick or an original print of the Declaration of Independence, worth millions, in the frame of an old painting that cost $4.
But you better get there early, since the pros will be there with their flashlight, measuring tape, and magnifying glass to detect those telltale hallmarks on the undersides of silver and jewelry.
It's also important to bring enough cash because that Photo Electric Football game may not be there after you’ve searched a strange neighborhood for an ATM machine.
Now if you’re throwing a yard sale, (and it is your Constitutional right) it might be wise to ask yourself this question: “Have I cooked with it, worn it, displayed it, used it within the last year?”
If that's too painful, just let someone else make those decisions.
Also, of course, advertise; that’s essential and it’s practically free in local publications. Flyers are good, signs essential.
Just make sure your directions are explicit. After the just turn left sign, is it five blocks or five miles? And please tear it down after you've had the sale.
We've all been down that road before.
Most of these same basic tenets apply to the flea market. Where the sellers get a more dignified name: vendors.
So what have you found? Or unloaded?
Portobello Road Market rbkc.gov.uk Take a look at an interesting article we found.
A Yard Sale Checklist: Ten Tips for Garage Sale Prep getrichslowly.org Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Paris Flea Market Tips and Hints parisperfect.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Do you like going to yard sales?