It isn't easy being a yard-saler

Jack Gerold of Hines takes a look over some of the items during Joe Schmitz's yard sale. The Eagle/Marissa Allen

Yard sale ad: 50 of years accumulation - 25 KW diesel generator, 4,000 watt generator, air compressor, numerous power tools, air tools, new Honda 132 gpm water pump, chain saw, numerous hand tools, saddle and tack, two utility trailers, three tractors, implements and a Type 3 fire truck.

'Tis the season for yard sales with this Saturday being National Yard Sale Day. Driving from Dayville Friday morning, four yard sales were counted. One yard sale was on the side of Highway 26 and people were parking their vehicles on the side of the road, leaving half the car still on the pavement. Many shoppers were using their lunch breaks to get to a sale before the weekend wave of people made their arrival en masse.

Yard sales are a way to get rid of piles of unneeded items and to add a little cash to a person's pocket. On the other side of the fence are the shoppers.

Christmas lights, ashtrays, clothes and shoes, tools, halloween candy baskets, crystals and jewelry. You name it, it has been stickered with a price and made ready to sell.

No matter what the weather, people are always willing to trudge through the rain or suffer through the heat to look at other people's stuff.

A husband said to his wife at a yard sale last Friday, "That will probably end up in our yard sale." She replied that it wouldn't and proudly carried her items to the car.

Whether the items are in the yard, garage or house; on tables, on the ground or displayed in boxes they are game to the shopper.

Yard sales seem to be a new profession other than a weekend hobby. Type in the word "yard sale" on the Google Web site and be ready to choose from 1,820,000 sites. Many sites offer basic tips on how to do your own yard sale, in addition to tips on being a professional buyer, making yard sale signs and the lists go on.

Joe Schmitz, owner of the $15,000 fire truck, said the reason he had his yard sale was because he had accumulated too much stuff.

Dwight Kaneaster of Prairie City stopped into Joe's yard sale on Laycock Friday morning and walked away with two mini puzzles for 20 cents and a miner's pick for $4.

Tips to becoming an avid yard saler: don't run up to what you want right away, circle around; haggle; combine items to reach a certain price; don't dress up for a yard sale; don't carry large bills, they (person putting on yard sale) need change and you don't want to look like you have a lot of money; and check it over, a lot of people get rid of things for a reason and get there early.

Check the Eagle's yard sale ads for this week's yard sales. Grab a friend, stock up on quarters, take the children to the fair and get to bartering.

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