We all know the northern half of the United States can get downright frigid in the winter months, starting as early as November and lasting through March, but does that put a stop to people having garage sales? Upon asking some members and checking out some trends, unless there’s snow on the ground, people will still find a way to host a sale, whether it’s held indoors or just with the garage door open for a few hours.
Outdoor flea markets are usually affected by the colder weather too, and of course any precipitation is generally unwelcome during these events. Some flea market vendors secure winter spaces at indoor facilities or try traveling to a couple of events further south in their off season.
Estate Sales are generally a different story because most of the time all the items being sold in an estate sale are indoors, with the exception of some outdoor household items such as statues, gardening tools and pots or shed tools.
Unless someone needs to urgently relocate, garage sales around the holidays tend to be fewer and farther between, but don’t discount these for not being able to score some real bargains. Some sale events will partner up with charity events and sales to sell holiday items, a win-win for all parties involved.
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