Sunday Showcase: Selling at garage sales

Before most people wake up, others are out posting day-glo signs and labeling once treasured belongings with prices tags reading $.25 and $1.

It’s a summertime ritual that often stretches throughout the year — the garage sale.

“We don’t do it to make money,” said Sam Sampson of Port Angeles, who was holding a moving sale with her husband, Kenny. “We make some money, but sometimes it is just enough to buy a pizza.”

Most sellers say the reason for holding sales is to clean out the garage, attic and closets. And some say although making money is a goal of the sale, often the rewards come in a different way.

Sampson said for her family the social aspect of the sale is what keeps them behind the yard sale card table.

Edgar Edwards of Port Angeles agrees. He said he gathers belongings he doesn’t need anymore and invites his three daughters to sell items in his backyard each summer.

“It is a big social event for us,” Edwards said. “We price the items low, are friendly — and make hundreds of dollars.”


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