The Best Places in America to Visit Yard and Garage Sales

It’s said that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” and nowhere is this more evident than at yard and garage sales across the U.S. It’s tough to know ahead of time whether any given event will be worth the drive across town, but some locales have better odds than others. Whether you’re looking for office furniture or rare finds you can resell, here’s where to go to score the good stuff.

Oregon. When YardSaleSearch.com calculated which states have the most garage sales by population density, Oregon came out miles ahead of the rest. Perhaps the state’s green ethos makes residents more likely to resell their unwanted goods instead of hauling them to the dump. Whatever the case, the sheer number of sales available here — this week it has twice as many listings as in similarly-populated Connecticut — means that your odds of finding something good are high.

San Francisco and New York City. Both cities cater to affluent professionals, and apartments are often small — which means that many residents regularly sell goods they no longer need, just to keep enough free space to open the door. In these food- and fashion-conscious cities, you can expect to score deals like Cuisinart mixers and barely worn Jimmy Choo shoes at a steal. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, stop by the Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire on the first Sunday of every month for a fantastic array of vintage items.

Summer vacation areas. Summer enclaves for wealthy families, such as Camden, Maine, and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., are hotbeds for end-of-summer yard sales, since many families want to depart for the year with a clutter-free home. Expect to find many antiques and collectibles at such sales, along with sporting equipment like kayaks and tennis rackets.

The 127 Corridor. Stretching 675 miles long from Hudson, Mich., to Gadsden, Ala., this rural road boasts “the world’s longest yard sale,” held annually on the first weekend (Thursday through Sunday) in August. The five-state event boasts thousands of vendors selling wares — you can stop just about anywhere along the route and find a sale. Popular items include antiques, collectibles, dishes, and fresh produce.

The Warrensburg Garage Sale. Warrensburg, in the beautiful Adirondacks of upstate New York, has held an annual town garage sale every fall since 1971. Residents and visitors come together to browse for vintage clothes, antiques, and crafts, and to pick up hot meals at food stands. This year, the garage sale happens on Oct. 1 and 2.

About Kathryn Hawkins

Kathryn Hawkins is a principal at the content marketing agency Eucalypt Media. She's written about business, marketing, and entrepreneurship for publications including BNET, TheAtlantic.com, Inc.com, and owns and operates the positive news site Gimundo. Follow her on Twitter at @kathrynhawkins.
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