Every year, garage sales provide a good indication of past trends and technology.
We’re always on the lookout for interesting content for our blog, so when we researched “Garage Sale Trends” and came across Mark Olson’s blog regarding some trends he noticed during some sales in Minnesota back in 2007, we just had to share his findings with you.
A few trends stood out more than other years:
Items on the upswing:
* The death of VHS. Everyone was unloading hundreds of VHS tapes and VHS players. Particularly notable were the entire collections of Disney tapes (once selling for $25 to $30) being dumped for about a buck a piece.
* Rubber stamps. Is this the end of the stamping trend? Could scrap-booking be far behind? Several people were selling off plastic baggies filled with rubber stamps.
* CDs and DVDs. People are beginning to unload more CDs and DVDs – but only Yanni and other questionable offerings. (I think I saw Tim Allen’s “The Santa Claus” at a couple different homes.) In a few years when everyone is downloading movies and music, people will probably be using these as drink coasters.
* Video Games. The recently released generation of PlayStation, Xbox, etc. has pushed games from only a few years ago out onto the cardboard table. And talk about throwback. There was at least one Atari console for sale.
Items on the decline:
* Records. Once everywhere, records and turntables (and other old stereo equipment) were a rarity at this year’s garage sales. Even cassette tapes are fading away.
* NordicTrack machines. I don’t know if employees once received a discount at this Chaska-based company, but NordicTrack machines used to be everywhere at the garage sales. However, they appear to be phasing out.
How about it shoppers, notice any other trends?