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2012-06-03 07:44:01 AM
I'm sorry, I need sleep. I read that as titties and garbage sales
 
2012-06-03 07:58:53 AM
Gauging by the average age haunting the typical garage sale, I'd say that internet access is a challenge for the market demographic.

Seriously, a garage sale looks like God's Waiting Room.
 
2012-06-03 08:39:43 AM
The neighbor had a yard sale yesterday. I have never found a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

One has to wonder about the mindset of people who will simply block a road with their car, get out and finger a stranger's garbage.
 
2012-06-03 08:52:28 AM
Lots of talk about why there's a problem, examples of what needs to be fixed, the explanation that run-of-the mill sales are not the problem, then the solution: "Residents are also required to obtain a permit and pay a $15 fee."

Well, that pretty much gets down to the issue.
 
2012-06-03 09:32:39 AM
Craigslist is good if you have one or two things you're trying to move. Arranging to sell just one thing is hassle enough--combing through emails, calling people back, making appointments for them to see the item, waiting around for them to show up (and they're never on time, if they do show up at all). Now do that times 40 or so. No thanks--I'll print up a few signs, sit on my front lawn with a book, and deal with the flotsam & jetty that decide to sift trough the stuff.
 
2012-06-03 10:15:27 AM

brigid_fitch: Craigslist is good if you have one or two things you're trying to move. Arranging to sell just one thing is hassle enough--combing through emails, calling people back, making appointments for them to see the item, waiting around for them to show up (and they're never on time, if they do show up at all). Now do that times 40 or so. No thanks--I'll print up a few signs, sit on my front lawn with a book, and deal with the flotsam & jetty that decide to sift trough the stuff.


And about a quarter of the time they show up without enough money.

"Oh... sorry man I only have $5 instead of $10." ... [expectant look]
 
2012-06-03 10:16:36 AM
Garage sales are fun. Ours is basically a mini family reunion and a chance to make a few hundred bucks out of stuff we were about to throw away anyway.

Also, I couldn't imagine putting a thousand items on craiglist and then attempting to co-ordinate meeting folks/etc.
 
2012-06-03 10:16:45 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: The neighbor had a yard sale yesterday. I have never found a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

One has to wonder about the mindset of people who will simply block a road with their car, get out and finger a stranger's garbage.


Agree. Now, getting out of a car to finger a stranger's junk is a totally different thing.
 
2012-06-03 10:22:35 AM
Hey, sometimes you can find cool stuff at a garage sale. I dig antique stores as well.
 
2012-06-03 10:24:13 AM
Once when I was younger, my parents had a garage sale, as I sold sodas and twinkies.

/Made more money than my parents did
 
2012-06-03 10:28:47 AM
I have to admit I would not want a perma-garage sale next to me. However, I also dont want government infringing on private property rights. Of the two, the latter is the far greater evil. I would far rather be a bit annoyed by some unsightly mess in my neighbors yard than lose the right to do what I want with my property.
 
2012-06-03 10:30:24 AM
You suck subby. Garage sales and flea markets are great. Where else can you practice the dying art of haggling, shoot shoplifters and tag-swappers with a super soaker, and get cash money for all the crap you'd rather not just throw out?
 
2012-06-03 10:30:27 AM
Wow, who knew the Fark snobbery would be anti-garage sale.

/got a great rocking chair for $5 yesterday
 
2012-06-03 10:32:24 AM
I recently moved and sold/gave away a bunch of stuff on craigslist. What amazes me is how people only want stuff for free no matter how badly they need it. I had a nice couch on there for $20 OBO for a week and got zero offers. Five minutes on the free list and a dozen people begging for it couldn't have it because one lucky schmuck got there first. 'Oh please let me have it it's perfect for my house!!" they'd email me. Well you should've paid 20 bucks for it then, idiot.
 
2012-06-03 10:35:26 AM
Garage sale is a way to get rid of a large pile of stuff in a short period of time. Only thing faster is an auction.
 
2012-06-03 10:36:11 AM

John Dewey: Wow, who knew the Fark snobbery would be anti-garage sale.

/got a great rocking chair for $5 yesterday


THIS!
And it's ironic since you can't get more eco-friendly than to reuse a previously owned item instead of running off to walmart (or Target if you're a rabid liberal) for the latest chinese-made excrement
 
2012-06-03 10:37:15 AM

Abox: I recently moved and sold/gave away a bunch of stuff on craigslist. What amazes me is how people only want stuff for free no matter how badly they need it. I had a nice couch on there for $20 OBO for a week and got zero offers. Five minutes on the free list and a dozen people begging for it couldn't have it because one lucky schmuck got there first. 'Oh please let me have it it's perfect for my house!!" they'd email me. Well you should've paid 20 bucks for it then, idiot.


Good lord a whole heapin' pile of THIS!
 
2012-06-03 10:38:33 AM
Things you should only buy at garage sales:

Coffee makers
bread machines
blenders
exercise machines
Christmas crap

Every garage sale has these in basically new condition. You can hold them for a while and then sell them at YOUR garage sale. Furniture too (if you have kids/dogs).

/I have nothing else to do saturday morning while the wife and kids are sleeping. All KINDS of good stuff.
 
2012-06-03 10:41:54 AM
Hmm, thought the best way to advertise a garage sale, other than the signs, was through Craigslist. In our rich American tradition, we had a garage sale that ran three weekends. Never made less than $250. And we still have a lot of stuff left. What do YOU need?
 
2012-06-03 10:41:55 AM

Ima4nic8or: I have to admit I would not want a perma-garage sale next to me. However, I also dont want government infringing on private property rights. Of the two, the latter is the far greater evil. I would far rather be a bit annoyed by some unsightly mess in my neighbors yard than lose the right to do what I want with my property.


Until the rats, roaches, and other vermin that are living in that mess start invading your house.
 
2012-06-03 10:42:05 AM
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2012-06-03 10:43:26 AM
I guess Subby has never been to a garage sale where it was a divorce/moving sale. You find one where the girl was cheated on by the guy or vice versa and you get their stuff for a jar of peanuts and a tale of adventure.

"How much for this brand new 50" Plasma?"
"Fark that lying sack of shiat!! $50"

"How much for this brand new king size bed?"
"That's the bed that lying skank cheated on me with!! Give me a 30 second Charleston dance and it's yours."
 
2012-06-03 10:44:36 AM

stirfrybry: John Dewey: Wow, who knew the Fark snobbery would be anti-garage sale.

/got a great rocking chair for $5 yesterday

THIS!
And it's ironic since you can't get more eco-friendly than to reuse a previously owned item instead of running off to walmart (or Target if you're a rabid liberal) for the latest chinese-made excrement


And you'rer supporting your neighbors, not a cold, unfeeling bulti-billion dollar retail industry
 
2012-06-03 10:44:47 AM

CallMeGomer: Hmm, thought the best way to advertise a garage sale, other than the signs, was through Craigslist. In our rich American tradition, we had a garage sale that ran three weekends. Never made less than $250. And we still have a lot of stuff left. What do YOU need?


Most places also have an AM radio show sat morning you can call in and advertise your stuff.
 
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2012-06-03 10:45:03 AM
The city i grew up in had regulations on garage sales, two per year i think, but i don't think there was a fee.

Just checked the city i currently reside in (next town over from the aforementioned), and sure enough, regulations and fees here.

clicky pop
 
2012-06-03 10:46:03 AM
Used to live in Fairfield County, CT. Tag sales there were a freakin' gold mine of upper middle class goodies in like new condition for short money.

Lots of those people were just trying to get rid of last year's "fashionable" stuff to make room for whatever was this year's "must have" stuff.

Of course, like any good thing, it got ruined when all the antique dealers, second hand shop owners,ect., would swarm the place early and clean them out.
 
2012-06-03 10:46:48 AM
I only use Craigslist anymore when I can meet the buyer in a public location, like Starbucks. If they're going to rob me, it's going to be done in daylight in front of a crowd. Plus, it gives me the thrill of pulling off a drug deal without engaging in any illicit activity.
 
2012-06-03 10:47:27 AM
And if you are a big garage/yard sale fan you need to plan on this:
http://www.127sale.com/
 
2012-06-03 10:49:34 AM
I've never had a yard sale, but if I ever decided to - NO ONE would stop me!
 
2012-06-03 10:55:53 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: The neighbor had a yard sale yesterday. I have never found a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

One has to wonder about the mindset of people who will simply block a road with their car, get out and finger a stranger's garbage.


csb: walking my dog when a big Expedition drives by and stops literally in the middle of the road. Out pops state representative candidate and his brood, all in campaign tee shirts. They promptly dash off to the yard sale, leaving the SUV running in the middle of the street. I simply open the door, hit the "lock" button, shut door and continue walking.
 
2012-06-03 10:57:16 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: The neighbor had a yard sale yesterday. I have never found a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

One has to wonder about the mindset of people who will simply block a road with their car, get out and finger a stranger's garbage.


Blocking a road bad. Other than that if you don't dig a yard sale you're doing it wrong and have no imagination.
 
2012-06-03 11:03:34 AM
I have a soft spot for garage sales. I'm not sure what I would have worn as a child without them. We were poor. Organized thrift stores weren't yet a thing in my smallish town. I'm pretty sure 95% of my clothes were garage sale.

On the other hand, I'm still scarred from the garage sale I ran when I closed out my parents house. I wish I could say there was only one the guy with a swastika neck-tat. Not doing that again.
 
2012-06-03 11:03:41 AM

KimNorth: Blocking a road bad. Other than that if you don't dig a yard sale you're doing it wrong and have no imagination.


Or you just plain don't need any more shiat to take up space.
 
2012-06-03 11:09:54 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: The neighbor had a yard sale yesterday. I have never found a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

One has to wonder about the mindset of people who will simply block a road with their car, get out and finger a stranger's garbage.


Don't forget about the earlybirds. My wife and I had a yard sale, and put up that it would start at 8:45. We started setting up at 7:40. We had people there as we started dragging out the tables.
 
2012-06-03 11:10:01 AM
Last weekend was our village-wide yard sale. Lots of shoppers are Montrealers out looking for a bargain while spending the day in the country. There''s even a festival with fireworks just after dusk. It's a great way to meet your neighbors.
 
2012-06-03 11:12:21 AM

one of Ripley's Bad Guys: Mr. Coffee Nerves: The neighbor had a yard sale yesterday. I have never found a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

One has to wonder about the mindset of people who will simply block a road with their car, get out and finger a stranger's garbage.

csb: walking my dog when a big Expedition drives by and stops literally in the middle of the road. Out pops state representative candidate and his brood, all in campaign tee shirts. They promptly dash off to the yard sale, leaving the SUV running in the middle of the street. I simply open the door, hit the "lock" button, shut door and continue walking.


Wow, you're cool...

You are a asshat ever heard of karma?
 
2012-06-03 11:12:58 AM
Garage sales are a Level of Hell. A big number.
 
2012-06-03 11:14:42 AM
CL is a great example of what's happened to the middle class in the US over the last decade or so.

It used to be that in order to find what you wanted, you had to look through dozens of local papers, newsletters, flyers, etc. Even then you often had to improvise and kinda wander around and you probably had to settle for something like what you wanted in your geographic area because there wasn't a way to look more than one or two towns over for lots of goods.

Then CL came along, and what used to take weeks now took days, you could find must more nearly what you wanted, and you could even dis-intermediate some people who used to be involved in bankrolling advertising for small stakeholders (think: Landlords and car lots)

So all the consumers and producers are 'happier' now but you have just put out of work a lot of people who were more middle-class : Real estate agents, car salesmen, newspapermen, etc.

Now while you may not mourn the loss of some of those jobs - the fact is they're gone. Newmark is making a bundle, and millions of others are out of work. And they didn't do anything wrong, per se - they were focused on doing what their job required. Newmark simply found a way to come along and do their jobs for 1/1000th of the price.

It's hard to find someone to be angry at, and it's hard to find someone to blame. We all as consumers want to save time and money, so we want something like CL to exist, but as this computer-driven centralization of america continues, and as we export the skilled labor component of our economy overseas, we are putting ourselves into the situation of having millions of permanently useless people.

From a political point of view, these people are a problem - they all need to be integrated into the economy of the free market - they need jobs, housing, closing and community - but we keep finding way to make people less useful. It's a kind of cultural misanthropy with dangerous consequences.
 
2012-06-03 11:15:14 AM
Our little neighborhood has an annual garage sale, usually with anywhere between 40-60 houses participating. As far as I'm concerned, there is no better way to get rid of baby/toddler stuff or to get kids stuff on the cheap.

While our neighborhood is nice, this sale brings out people who are about as mobile as the fat asses in WALL-E and for whom Wal Mart is too fancy.
 
2012-06-03 11:15:41 AM

one of Ripley's Bad Guys: Mr. Coffee Nerves: The neighbor had a yard sale yesterday. I have never found a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

One has to wonder about the mindset of people who will simply block a road with their car, get out and finger a stranger's garbage.

csb: walking my dog when a big Expedition drives by and stops literally in the middle of the road. Out pops state representative candidate and his brood, all in campaign tee shirts. They promptly dash off to the yard sale, leaving the SUV running in the middle of the street. I simply open the door, hit the "lock" button, shut door and continue walking.


I farking snickered.
 
2012-06-03 11:17:52 AM
My wife and I have fun going around to sales. You get the occasional deal, occasional road head, and the occasional new spot for lunch you never tried before. Beats mowing the yard.
 
2012-06-03 11:20:49 AM

Subdue their bellies: You suck subby. Garage sales and flea markets are great. Where else can you practice the dying art of haggling, shoot shoplifters and tag-swappers with a super soaker, and get cash money for all the crap you'd rather not just throw out?


I'd actually give most of my stuff [that I'm not using] away for free. But it is more fun to haggle!
 
2012-06-03 11:25:36 AM
Craigslist is great if you want the opportunity to deal with a dozen assholes who want your phone number to call and ask the questions about the item that are answered in the listing, agree to buy it, and never show up. Sometimes it goes smoothly, sometimes you have to deal with the absolute worst people.

I like going to garage sales, but only if the worst moving is mentioned. It's hard to take it all with you and people will get rid of good, useful stuff. However, if the people aren't moving they're likely trying to pawn their garbage off on you. It's harder to find good stuff at those. I also live in a small city where people come to retire. I don't like waking up at 5 AM to compete with those people for the 2-3 items of value.
 
2012-06-03 11:30:16 AM

KimNorth: one of Ripley's Bad Guys: Mr. Coffee Nerves: The neighbor had a yard sale yesterday. I have never found a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

One has to wonder about the mindset of people who will simply block a road with their car, get out and finger a stranger's garbage.

csb: walking my dog when a big Expedition drives by and stops literally in the middle of the road. Out pops state representative candidate and his brood, all in campaign tee shirts. They promptly dash off to the yard sale, leaving the SUV running in the middle of the street. I simply open the door, hit the "lock" button, shut door and continue walking.

Wow, you're cool...

You are a asshat ever heard of karma?


Karma doesn't exist and the state rep is the asshat here. However the OP seems a bit passive-aggressive. I still snickered.
 
2012-06-03 11:30:20 AM
Regarding CraigsList, around my parts people selling shiat on CL act like they are farking big box stores selling used or stolen shiat for full price, video games for 59.99. And the site is flooded with the same 4 guys who do nothing but drive around town and buy EVERYTHING that's on clearout or on sale. It's literally impossible to bargain hunt around town anymore because these two Asian dudes will scour the city every damn day, then put their findings up on CraigsList for full retail price. I honestly hope that some tragedy befalls them.
 
2012-06-03 11:31:52 AM
I don't mind garage sales in principle. You get rid of the stuff you don't want anymore and people will give you money for it.

I do, however, mind them in practice. We have a lot of two-lane rural roads where I live and these are often blocked by cars of people at garage sales. It's sometimes tricky business to get around these cars without heading into oncoming traffic. If I were these townships, I'd regulate garage sales to make the roads a little safer.
 
2012-06-03 11:34:38 AM

Igor Jakovsky: KimNorth: one of Ripley's Bad Guys: Mr. Coffee Nerves: The neighbor had a yard sale yesterday. I have never found a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

One has to wonder about the mindset of people who will simply block a road with their car, get out and finger a stranger's garbage.

csb: walking my dog when a big Expedition drives by and stops literally in the middle of the road. Out pops state representative candidate and his brood, all in campaign tee shirts. They promptly dash off to the yard sale, leaving the SUV running in the middle of the street. I simply open the door, hit the "lock" button, shut door and continue walking.

Wow, you're cool...

You are a asshat ever heard of karma?

Karma doesn't exist and the state rep is the asshat here. However the OP seems a bit passive-aggressive. I still snickered.


i.qkme.me
 
2012-06-03 11:35:23 AM
Placesive lived have always had to register garage sales, for twenty years at least. But these "extreme" ones are a different animal. Sometimes 50-100 houses join in, and thousands of cars come by. Usually traffic cops are needed. These are what the article is talking about.
 
2012-06-03 11:39:02 AM

one of Ripley's Bad Guys: Mr. Coffee Nerves: The neighbor had a yard sale yesterday. I have never found a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

One has to wonder about the mindset of people who will simply block a road with their car, get out and finger a stranger's garbage.

csb: walking my dog when a big Expedition drives by and stops literally in the middle of the road. Out pops state representative candidate and his brood, all in campaign tee shirts. They promptly dash off to the yard sale, leaving the SUV running in the middle of the street. I simply open the door, hit the "lock" button, shut door and continue walking.


I want to buy you a beer.
 
2012-06-03 11:40:58 AM
I don't see anything wrong with these minor regulations. they stop people from running a business out of their front lawn. where are a live, they have had these regulations for decades. perfectly reasonable.
 
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