It's yard sale season | Home & Garden
It’s yard sale season. You know that time of year when no matter where you go, you see the signs posted for a yard sale each week.
But, things are different this year, thanks to the economy. More people are looking not only to clean out their closets, but also line their wallets.
Today, News 10NBC went to a housing development in Webster where several homeowners take part in a neighborhood garage sale each year. But we learned this is serious business; it’s about making and saving money.
Nancy and Keith Thayer are retired and live on a fixed income. This is where they get their extra money. They’re allowed to have one garage sale a year in their Webster housing development, so Nancy Thayer plans it all year long. The money made here can stretch their income big time.
“Last couple years, there haven’t been any raises in social security, but they keep raising Medicare,” said Keith Thayer. “The money we get on this helps pay a bill here or there. ”
And it can mean dinner out every now and then.
The economy is a big reason Kristina Koos is out here. If she doesn’t sell everything here today, she’ll have other sales at her mother’s house nearby.
“It can offset something like with me with my kids’ clothes. What I do, I sell their clothes and with the money that I make, I use to buy their next seasons wardrobe,” said Koos.
And shoppers are serious about their garage sales. Sellers tell me people were waiting for them to open this morning. For some, it’s a hobby. Donovan Shilling was tickled pink at his find. But for others, like the Thayers, it can be savings.
“My husband got on a pair of New Balance sneakers, brand new, I got for $5 at a sale and I was just ready to buy him a pair and I would have spent $60 or $70,” said Nancy Thayer.
But the bottom line, this is extra money and who couldn’t use some of that.
“Gee if you made a $100, that’s really nice. It’s an extra $100, I have in my pocket,” said Mary Lou Lawson.
People told News 10NBC today they can make hundreds of dollars at their annual garage sale. Most people say they do it to get rid of junk and pass along deals.