By ALLISON WOOD
MEDINA â€” They come out in droves every Thursday morning in search of a deal.
The locations of the sales can be found in The Gazette classified section, or by just driving around neighborhoods and looking for signs that say â€œGarage Sale.â€
And although the signs seem to be everywhere this year, most people The Gazette talked with said the number of sales isnâ€™t a sign of the economic times but rather an effort to clean house.
City resident Bob Pritchard searches for treasures Thursday at a garage sale on Continental Drive in Medina. Prichard said he thinks the number of yard sales is down from last year. (Andrew Dolph | Staff Photographer)
â€œWeâ€™re just cleaning out stuff,â€ said Kim of Medina, who declined to give her last name. She was having a sale Thursday because her son went to college and left many items behind, including his car from high school.
Some other items she was selling included a table full of leftover graduation and thank-you cards, old boots, DVDs and sports duffel bags. At 2 p.m., there was one customer at her house, but Kim said there was quite a crowd that morning.
The diehard garage sale customers start coming early, usually around 8 a.m., and can be reluctant to let anyone get in the way of a good deal.
â€œWe were jam-packed today,â€ said Christi Williams, whose garage sale featured kitchenware, including commercial-grade utensils, containers of spices and decorations. â€œThey were fighting over stuff.â€
She said she was only having the sale on Thursday because sheâ€™s noticed very few people come on Fridays or Saturdays.
A couple of her friends also brought items to Williamsâ€™ house on Continental Drive.
â€œIf youâ€™re not going to use it after six months, youâ€™re not going to use it,â€ said Joyce Delaney of Parma Heights, who has held many garage sales. â€œYou gotta do what you can for extra pennies.â€
She was sitting in a chair that was part of a wooden kitchen table set being sold by Williams for $50. For another $7, someone could purchase the large rooster centerpiece in the middle of the table.
While a garage sale may have many nice items, they are usually not the first to sell.
Delaney said someone bought a used toner cartridge very early along with some old tools.
â€œYou sell the darndest things,â€ she said. â€œEvery guy is looking for old tools and paintbrushes.â€
At another sale with a table full of childrenâ€™s clothes on South Prospect Street, Laurie Knowlton of Medina stopped by about 3 p.m. to look for some childrenâ€™s books and other kidsâ€™ items.
â€œMy pastime is going to garage sales,â€ she said, who estimated she goes to 10 or more a week. â€œYou can buy beautiful things.â€
A childrenâ€™s book author and â€œbookaholic,â€ Knowlton said since books are so cheap at garage sales, she can give them away to children she baby sits, which encourages them to read.
After a few minutes of searching, she got two baby blankets and a pop-up picture book for $1.25.
Although she said this was her last garage sale of the day, she couldnâ€™t resist looking at one more box of clothes on her way to her car.
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