July 23, 2016

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In search of a deal

Staff Writer

MEDINA — 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 “Garage Sale.”

And although the signs seem to be everywhere this year, most people The Gazette talked with said the number of sales isn’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)

“We’re just cleaning out stuff,” 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.

“We were jam-packed today,” said Christi Williams, whose garage sale featured kitchenware, including commercial-grade utensils, containers of spices and decorations. “They were fighting over stuff.”

She said she was only having the sale on Thursday because she’s noticed very few people come on Fridays or Saturdays.

A couple of her friends also brought items to Williams’ house on Continental Drive.

“If you’re not going to use it after six months, you’re not going to use it,” said Joyce Delaney of Parma Heights, who has held many garage sales. “You gotta do what you can for extra pennies.”

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.

“You sell the darndest things,” she said. “Every guy is looking for old tools and paintbrushes.”

At another sale with a table full of children’s clothes on South Prospect Street, Laurie Knowlton of Medina stopped by about 3 p.m. to look for some children’s books and other kids’ items.

“My pastime is going to garage sales,” she said, who estimated she goes to 10 or more a week. “You can buy beautiful things.”

A children’s book author and “bookaholic,” 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 couldn’t resist looking at one more box of clothes on her way to her car.

Wood may be reached at 330-721-4050 or allisonwood@ohio.net.