"Why did you take a picture of our sign?" That was a legitimate question. I was taking a couple of hours one Saturday morning to garner enough facts and quotes for a nice Pride feature on yard sales, so I guess my activities seemed a bit odd. I was tempted to tell her that it was my hobby, but better sense made me spare her and speak the truth.
I was also getting a last dose of summer. Garage Sale and hand-drawn yard sale signs are as sure a sign of summer as shorts and the aroma of sun block.
Every weekend I can count on seeing yard sale signs at the intersections and browsers braving traffic to reach front yards.
Most of the time I don’t find anything that particularly grabs my interest. Being single, I’m not in the market for baby clothes or children’s shoes, and I have all the glasses and dishes I need. Once in a while I do pick up a good book for almost nothing. For instance, I was walking down Oakvale Avenue for my Saturday morning exercise when I noticed a sale. I idly inspected the merchandise and found a mystery novel for 50 cents. Normally, I would have paid more than $7 for it.
Every shopper I interviewed last Saturday was looking for something in the same broad category, a bargain.
Way to try and capitalize on the publicity of a terrible movie. I wonder how effective it was.
Would a sign such as this or any other shape catch your eye more than a standard sign? Leave a comment and let us know.
MOUNT VERNON -- Carla Lowe of Mount Vernon, and her mother, Trudy McClintock of Shelby, are veteran flea marketers and yard salers. But seasoned as they are, they had never seen the likes of their first Highway 127 Corridor Sale, also known as The World’s Longest Yard Sale.
This year’s event was the 19th annual, held Aug. 3 to 6. The 450-mile-long sale begins in Covington, Ky., follows Highway 127 south to Chattanooga, Tenn., then switches to the Lookout Mountain Parkway, crosses the northwest corner of Georgia and ends in Gadsden, Ala., after changing highways a few more times.
The Fentress County Chamber of Commerce in Jamestown, Tenn., is the event’s headquarters and lays claim to originating the sale in 1987 when its county executive came up with the idea. According to chamber literature, he wanted to prove that the area’s back roads have much to offer visitors and that the interstate highway system is not the only means of travel available.
Residents who live along the highways participate but vendors come from far and wide to set up in parks and open lots. Shoppers arrive from all over the country, and from other countries, as well.
"We drove 1,100 miles," said Lowe. "But we never got stuck in traffic jams. Highway 127 is four-lane and most people parked on the side of the road and walked."
Fashion icon and award-winning singer and actress Cher is clearing her Malibu, Calif., home of its Gothic contents and reshaping her life in a giant "garage sale."
Following a trend set by rock star Elton John, Cher is selling nearly 800 items, from stage costumes to gem-encrusted jewelry, works of art, furniture, and even a huge Hummer car, in an auction expected to raise more than $1 million.
"This is a lot more than a garage sale. Apart from the dresses and jewels, there are Old Masters and architectural drawings," said Darren Julien of Julien's auctions.
"She has a huge following. She is an icon. Her career in song, stage, and screen has spanned nearly four decades," he told Reuters as some of the items went on show in London on Monday, ahead of the sale in Los Angeles on October 3–4.
The sale is being jointly organized by Sotheby's New York office and Julien's of the United States.
Among the items on show are several dresses by star designer Bob Mackie, white and yellow gold rings and necklaces, and a book of architectural drawings by 19th-century Gothic revivalist Augustus Pugin.
The second load has been delivered to the Salvation Army store in Adrian. Today a friend is stopping to pick up a generous pile of stuff for the Rollin Baptist Church auction in October.
Although a few treasures are still left, I can now walk through the garage, vowing with every step, "never again."
That "never again" has been said before. In fact I believe in this column I said I would never endure the pains of another garage sale. So I lied.
You know how it goes. Things begin to pile up. You go to the grocery store for a box and begin to fill it and shove it into the corner of the garage next to the box of unsold merchandise from the last sale. Then there's a second box and more until the makeshift warehouse has the promise of raking in several hundred dollars. Wouldn't that be nice to help with the winter taxes or a plane ticket?
I don't know who has winter taxes of $138 or knows where to get a plane ticket for that price. That was my take on the two-day 2006 sale. Being a businesswoman, I suppose I should deduct the cost of the advertisement and the signs, leaving me with a round $130.
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