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Garage Sale, overview
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Garage Sale, map
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Garage Sale, knicknacks
Welcome to Missouri's 100-mile Garage Sale, every Memorial Day weekend. Of course, the savvy shoppers will go out Thursday, when the sale starts, but it will last, and prices get better all weekend including Monday, Memorial Day itself.
How many sales will there be? Anywhere from a 150 to a whole lot more.
One woman told a Dexter Chamber of Commerce official, "I drive 100 miles to get to this 100-mile sale." Vendors come from a long way off too, including surrounding states.
Looking for a butter churn, used tires, baby clothes, a sewing machine, or paintings by "Uncle Fred"? They're all here. Don't know what you're looking for? That's here too.
A 100-mile garage sale is a bit of an endurance challenge, so here are our tips:
1. Start at 8 o'clock Saturday morning? Come on, the good stuff is gone on Thursday, and some shoppers start at 6 a.m., before the sellers even have their dollars and coins ready for change. Get up early on Thursday to find the good stuff.
2. Drive slow. Some drivers have become experts at slow drive-by shopping. You can scope out a sale before you stop, if you don't have a honking speed-shopper behind you.
3. If you're a beginner, it's easy to make the mistake of stopping at every sale. You'll find every kind of sale, from the "my grown kids don't need their childhood toys and clothes" sale to those with real Antique Road Show winner potential. Pick and choose your sales. There are even some sales with only one item for sale. But hey, if you need that lawnmower ...
4. If you're a collector, this is the place to do it: antique cabinets, radios, vintage dresses, purses, clock, jewelry, lamps, cigar boxes. Everything you can imagine is stacked under tables and overflowing from shelves.
5. If you like FREE, this is the place to find that, too. There are always items marked Free.
6. Beware the Garage Sale Goddesses. There are people who make careers out of this weekend. "We're marking it down, take it with you." Or, "A dollar for those windshield wipers." It'll be a quarter later. Or "Why don't you just take the whole box of cups, love?"
And why don't you? It's probably only a quarter for the box. If you don't use them, you can sell them at the garage sale next year.