When Do Garage Sales Take Place In Your Area?

When Do Garage Sales Take Place In Your Area?

Tess Wilson
Jun 19, 2014
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In my mind, garage sales are a weekend event. You get the best selection Saturday morning and the best deals Sunday afternoon. But in my new town, garage sales start early Thursday morning, and by Saturday? Good luck...

It's taken me a while to figure this out, but most garage sales here operate 8am-5pm Thursday-Saturday, with reduced hours on Sunday if there's anything left. A few industrious folks are even up and running on Wednesday morning, to beat the Thursday rush. Is this a thing? I don't have a traditional Monday-Friday 9-5 schedule, but even so the bulk of my free time is on the weekend. Are there that many self-employed, flex-time, stay-at-home citizens in this area that they can go garage saling on a Thursday morning? Or is this the standard everywhere, and I never noticed?

I really don't mind that garage sales here accommodate unconventional schedules, but that it feels like they're quite biased against conventional schedules. If you work long days Monday-Friday, Saturday morning is your first chance to get out and look for treasures, by which time everything is picked over and the sales are down to the dregs.

When do most garage sales take place where you live? Does it work for you? I'd love to hear from both experienced shoppers and sellers!

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