The yard sale season has joined warm summer weather by reaching its climax, with an increasing number of garage sale ads filling up the Daily Herald’s classifieds page.
© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Do you remember the vintage board game “Don’t Panic?” Joining boxed DVD set collections of The Simpsons television series on sale for $5 per season, Don’t Panic was one of many hidden treasures found at a yard sale on 15th Street West on Friday afternoon.
Having an early start to the weekend, one garage sale on 15th Street West yielded hidden treasures, such as The Simpsons DVD sets for $5 per season, obscure board games and other neat odds and ends.
It’s been a great year for garage sales in Prince Albert, east flat area resident Kathy, who did not want her last name used, said.
Having hosted a recent garage sale, she notes at least 100 people stopping by to see what she had to sell.
“I had lots of people – very friendly,” she said. “I got rid of a lot of stuff. I was really quite happy.
“The comment that I got is that I washed up the clothes and had them all sized up, and I’d also washed up the sealer jars -- I had a couple comments like that, that everything was clean.”
The balance of items that weren’t sold went to Value Village, she said -- a pile of stuff that would have been much larger if not for the garage sale.
Nearby east flat area resident Judy, who also delinked sharing her last name, also hosted a recent garage sale, joining two other families in hosting one of the “Multi-Family” garage sales often advertised.
The multi-family angle provided greater variety, which Judy believed help attract more people to the sale, which she set up with the sole purpose of selling a couch.
Although unsuccessful in selling the couch, pretty well everything else sold, she said.
With garage sale season reaching its peak comes various warnings, including a reminder of the city’s bylaws.
As city bylaw Manager Suzanne Stubbs noted last summer, “signs cannot be planted on any city property.’
Although unavailable for comment this week, the city’s garage sale-centred bylaws have not changed since then.
The bylaw restricting where garage sale signs can be placed explains the number of signs taped to vehicles.
In addition, there’s a limit to the number of garage sales one can host per property, per year, with a restriction of three garage sales a maximum of three days in length.
City bylaw officers hand out $150 tickets for the first offence.
Parkland Ambulance media spokesperson issued a warning earlier his summer for people to be cautious when purchasing certain items at garage sales.
Safety items, such as car seats, are risky second-hand purchases. Some items, such as lawn darts with elongated tips, polycarbonate baby bottles containing BPA, infant self-feeding devices and baby walkers are illegal to sell or give away.