We thought you would love and support this too… A very interesting letter to the Editor at the NY Times from September 1995, read on:
To the Editor:
Yes, sometimes there are abuses of garage sales (“The Garage Sale: Loud and Tacky, or Suburban Imperative?,” Sept. 3). But they have so many other advantages that municipalities should be trying to encourage them, not shut them down.
In my old neighborhood in Scotch Plains, we organized a yearly garage sale. Rather than fill up dwindling landfill space, we recycled our old items. The bikes our children outgrew were enjoyed by a new generation. Tables we didn’t have time to salvage were bought and refinished by someone with time and talent.
I like to think the children learned to be less wasteful; I know the sales provided many poor families with toys, clothes and furniture they could not otherwise have bought. It seems criminal to clutter up landfill with a perfectly good object that can be enjoyed by someone else. SUSAN B. BELLROSE Far Hills