This week I thought I would do a short opinion piece about the pros and cons of shopping in different income neighbourhoods. This being an opinion piece and not an official “how to” it might seem flighty or a bit less well researched than my usual articles. Also my opinions are not necessarily Glickin’s opinions as a company blah blah blah. That said, let’s get to it.
Wealthy Neighbourhoods:If you would like to enjoy the finer things in life but lack the means, or just want a peek at how the other half lives, garage sale-ing in upper class areas could be for you. Who knows what brand name wonders might be in the offing, you will certainly find great deals on designer clothing where peopletend to update their wardrobe every season. That being said,you could pay higher prices than in other neighborhoods, people want a little more for their items when they cost more to begin with, expect a lot more competition as well. I don’t encounter a lot of sales in these neighbourhoods, so it might be a rare-ish occurrence. The Glickin app is an extremely helpful tool in this respect and when you do find one, you’ll want to head out super early, to beat out the competition.
Middle Income Neighbourhoods: Middle income areas seem to host garage sales more often. Nine times out of ten when I drive by a garage sale sign its pointing to an average neighbourhood. I guess it’s probably because the middle class is still the largest income demographic in Canada. Since there are so many more sales being held in these areas, you can hit up several in one day to find that special something. It seems like people tend to hang on to and store a lot of stuff and then have big moving or spring cleaning sales, so expect to find a wide variety of items. Everything from antiques and vintage items, to cheap everyday stuff, useful items and the odd luxury item. You can expect the deals to be decent pricewise. People in these areas are typically clearing out their house and are eager to get rid of extra stuff.
Lower Income Neighbourhoods: Your first instinct might be to skip lower income areas but if you do you’ll probably be missing out. Just because the housing is older or in a less expensive area doesn’t mean you won’t find great deals on great stuff. Some people choose fun experiences and pricier things over more expensive housing, for example: a lot of students live in cheaper housing so as to have more disposable income. There is going to be a vast difference in lower income housing between cities and more rural areas of course. I wouldn’t expect to find a lot of yard sales in apartment buildings. As far as what’s on offer, you’ll likely find great deals on a lot of the same items one might find in a middle class area, including the rare diamond in the rough which could be hiding anywhere.
To summarize: I have found that you can expect to find high class items in the wealthier districts but they might come with a higher price tag and sales are rarer and more competitive; middle class areas have more sales in general and offer a wide variety of items and lower income areas will likely have many of the same things middle income sales have but at an even lower price point. You never know what rare and wonderful things you can find at a garage sale, wherever it might be held. Don’t forget to go garage sale-ing in YOUR neighbourhood too, it’s a great way to socialize and meet your neighbours! Most importantly, get out there and have fun!