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Fluff your yard sale

Stored under In the News on May 31, 2006 at 11:54 AM
This weekend, front lawns across Canada will begin sprouting yard sales like mushrooms after rain. But gone are the days when it's enough to empty your closets onto the grass in the hopes of making a little extra cash. The lowly yard sale has become very big business indeed.

According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, about $4-billion (U.S.) is exchanged in the estimated nine million to 10 million such sales held in the United States every year. Take a look around your own neighbourhood and it will be evident that Canadians from Parkdale to Prince Rupert are in a similar sell-it-or-bust mentality.

What's driving the yard sale's newfound respectability? Call it the eBay effect: The giant digital marketplace has made casual buying and selling a worldwide phenomenon. Advice books (The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Garage and Yard Sales) and websites (yardsalequeen.com) abound. Professional yard-sale bargain hunters troll city streets on weekends. With a marketplace this hot, how can you cut through the clutter and make the most of your sale?

You can make eBay work for you by checking out some of your items on-line to see what they typically fetch. Vintage pieces like rotary phones, portable record players and old typewriters are cool collectibles, as are fashion finds like tooled cowboy boots and seventies caftans.

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