I don't mind them when other people have them - occasionally I'll look for the hidden diamond in the rough.
I hate when we have them.
My wife is adamant about having a garage sale each spring and each fall. Each time it is an exercise in futility.
Her announcement of a garage sale is always followed by several days of my griping about how they are not worth it, we should just take the stuff directly to the Salvation Army to save ourselves the trouble, or we should just throw the junk out. Next comes me looking through my treasures to find one or two trinkets to serve as sacrifices to the Garage Sale Gods so that all the others can be spared. This time the sacrifice was a Nintendo 64 with a couple of games and a couple of old mice and keyboards. But I was able to save the Atari, the Genesis, and a couple of boxes of spare computer parts, all of which are eternal inhabitants of my wife's chopping block. They are all safe until next spring. Now I just need to keep an eye on her today and tomorrow to make sure that she doesn't try to pull a fast one.
Okay - back to the task at hand - why I hate garage sales. Here's the thing. She will put several dollars into buying pricing stickers, signs and running an ad in the local paper. Then we will spend a few hours gathering and organizing and then at least 2-4 hours setting up everything. This is followed by two full days of babysitting the damn thing. I don't care if she only puts her time into it, but I always end up having to carry a bunch of stuff around and for some strange reason I always get stuck tending it for at least half a day. It's weird how that works out since I always swear that I won't do it and get promised that I won't have to. But yet I do.
Finally, the economics just don't work out. I'd be better off just packing up everything in boxes, taking it to the Salvation Army or Goodwill and getting some income tax credit for the donation. It's ridiculous.
Stickers, signs, and misc junk - $15
3 day ad in local newspaper - $35
Time spent for setup and running - who knows
Spending $50 and untold amounts of time to make $60 over the entire weekend garage sale - PRICELESS
I'm putting my foot down after this. We are NOT having any more garage sales...
(at least until next spring)