According to a UPI story: “Sociologists say the garage-sale economy is flourishing across the United States as the financial crisis deepens and more people lose their homes.
“This is the perfect storm for garage sales,” said Gregg Kettles, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who studies consumers and outdoor commerce. “We’re coming off a 20-year boom in which consumers filled ever-bigger houses. Now people need cash because of the bust.”
This is no time for sentimentality, says the UPI story. Gramps better not leave his upper plate on the nightstand while he sleeps. Princess better chain up the trike and hide the key from Mom.
“That’s because many people need cash and no longer can afford to be sentimental, said Beatriz Duarte of Manteca, who sold her 3-year-old daughter’s tricycle to a stranger for $3 even as her daughter was riding it.”
I bet for an extra $20, Beatriz woulda thrown in the kid as well. It’s a lovely time for bargain shopping!
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