In suburban Sydney on any given Saturday there are plenty of our neighbours piling their unwanted, unloved, preloved, or horribly rejected possessions onto their lawns or out of their garages for us to eagerly peruse. Items generally for sale include indoor furniture, outdoor furniture, kitchenware, kids toys, electrical goods, sports gear, clothes and jewellery…the list goes on but basically amounts to anything that's not screwed down, that might be worth a buck. Hopefully slapped with a (sometimes negotiable) bargain basement price, these items are up for grabs for the earliest bird or the discerning buyer.
The common garden-variety garage sale, also known as yard sale, rummage sale, moving sale, tag sale or just plain junk sale is a worldwide phenomenon that is growing in popularity for a mountain of reasons. Who would have known that slipping on your best walking shoes, arming yourself with a map and taking to the sunny streets of your local neighbourhood, or that of any suburb in fact, could reveal such hidden treasures?
There is no shortage of information as to when these bountiful sales will take place but the most common searches are your local newspaper, or one of the many websites detailing their existence like e garage sales. Such resources allow you to list addresses and times for your day of fossicking which makes garage hopping more efficient. For best results, be prompt and bring cash.
For those who have embraced the joy that comes from this weekend pursuit there are enormous benefits. The exercise involved as you pound the payment is pleasantly rewarded by a delicious feeling of ownership and consumerism at a fraction of the price. There is a definite possibility of collecting an antique from a seller who is none the wiser, which could be sold on Ebay for a squillion dollars more than you swiped it for, or maybe you could simply pick up that long searched for item that is historically unique and can't be bought at Ikea. Nevertheless, beware the impulsive purchase that arises from bargain fever, the false advertising sometimes encountered when things claim to be valuable heirlooms and the hassle of carting your excitedly purchased modular lounge home again.