In Praise of Garage Sales

In Praise of Garage Sales

Every weekend, thousands of families sell their extra things right in their front yard.Whether you call it a moving sale, rummage sale, or yard sale-garage sales are a $2 billion a year business. www.cheapestcolleges.org has created an infographic detailing the history of garage sales, and how to make the most out of yours.
Rummage sales started out in the 1500’s as ship captains would sell off extra or unclaimed cargo from their most recent voyage. By the 1800’s these sales had moved to churches as a fundraising activity. By 1940’s, you could find garage sales in every neighborhood, every weekend. The internet has even jumped in on the action, with websites that help individuals advertise their garage sales.
With 95,000 garage sales advertised on Craigslist, the most popular time to start a garage sale is 7 a.m. What’s the average price of an item at a garage sale? An affordable 85 cents. The largest garage sale is 690 miles long, and traverses from Michigan to Alabama, once a year.
This infographic also details the cost of permits in states that require a permit in order to have a garage sale, along with the rules that apply.
You never know when you may stumble on a gem at a garage sale. This infographic shows you items found at garage sales that ended up being worth much more than their sticker tag, like a 100 year old Chinese bowl, which was worth 2.2 million.
Feel free to like, share, and comment on this infographic by www.cheapestcolleges.org entitled β€œIn Praise of Garage Sales”.

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Posted Nov 4, 2013
 
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