My name is Jessica and I am so excited to welcome you to GLICKIN’s new blog that’s all about Garage sale-ing!
We started this blog as a way to bring buying and selling enthusiasts together for genuine conversations, about all things Garage Sale. Comments and ideas are strongly encouraged!
I thought I would start with a short history lesson and some interesting facts about garage sales:
• Garage sales, also known as yard sales, moving sales, rummage sales etc. have been around for a long time. These words call up images of tables laden down with various used items set up in someone’s garage or front yard.
• Believe it or not garage sale-ling actually got its start in the early 1800’s when shipyards would sell off unclaimed cargo at the docks in what was called Rommage sales.
• Later called rummage sales, the practice was moved to churches and community centers. I remember going to flea markets as a child, I imagine this was similar.
• The modern garage sale is believed to have gotten its start in the 50s or 60s when many people were making the move to suburbia after world war 2. Here’s a short video on the history of garage sales. This isn’t a complete look at the entire development of garage sales, but you get the idea.
• As industry made goods cheaper and more available, garage sales continued to grow in popularity. People got the word out about their sales mostly using outdoor signs and the occasional newspaper ad.
• Now that we have the internet sellers are able to reach a much wider audience. It’s also more convenient for buyers to know where the sales are without having to drive around looking for them. Mobile Apps like Glickin make the process even easier.
• For many buyers, garage sale-ing has become less about finding cheap household items and more about hunting for rare and interesting treasures. It has even become a hobby for some and they have blogs about it online where they can show off their finds. Personally, I always enjoyed the feeling that I was getting a secret glimpse into the seller’s life, you can tell a lot about a person by the things they own.
• Garage sale-ing is such a popular pastime it even has its own day; in the US National garage sale day is held on the second weekend of every August!