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Garage Sale 101: The early buyers get the bargains

Stored under In the News on May 2, 2006 at 3:21 PM
After a long winter, Battle Creek area residents are ready to get back on the garage sale circuit.

Nathaniel and Nancy Lussier learned that on Friday. They had prepared for a week to have a garage sale and were up early for the 9 a.m. start.

But people were ready to buy at 7 a.m.

As the Lussiers were bringing out boxes of items, more than one customer was already looking.

"One guy was picking out of the box as I was bringing it up," Nathaniel Lussier said.

"It was beyond crazy," his wife said. "There were a lot of people. I was just grabbing money."

As the dandelions spot Battle Creek yards, people around the city are beginning to haul baby clothes, old tools, books and video games onto makeshift tables for weekend sales, which allow them to clean out their basements and/or closets and make a little money at the same time.

The season may be just starting, but some people were in midseason form on Friday, shuffling through cloths racks and tables crammed with coffee cups and toys, and either grabbing a prize or moving on.

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This is when you overprice you items and then barter down if you have to. If they are impatient, I would think they would part with their money easier.

Written by ~Dawn on May 3, 2006 01:02 AM

I certainly agree. Early birds should be treated differently and likely given a higher price. If they cannot respect your given hours, maybe you can atleast squeeze a few bucks out of them for your trouble.

Written by Kevin on May 3, 2006 09:06 AM

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